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Doping in Tennis. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 28, 2009


In late March, the ITF released its drug testing stats for 2008. While we heard much grumbling about how the players are so upset over being bothered by testers and how the ITF is so into catching dopers, we didn’t hear much about the release of the stats.
My username is reflecting how no player can be seen as clean.

Keep in mind, unlike other sports:
*Tennis does not release the results of who tested negative, compared to the USA Track and Field, which does so quarterly.
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* Nothing in the Anti-Doping Programme for this year mentions that positive results must be released to the public. Also, the three person panel that reviews any test can ask, and receive, the name of the player under review.

Click here.

*Tennis only tests the losers at the events.
The Tour de France catches people because after each stage in the three-week event, the overall leader, the stage winner, and two riders are tested at random. Also, every rider is tested after the first-day stage.

Compare 2008 UCI(Pro-Cycling’s ITF)Stats with the 2008 ITF Stats:
In-competition anti-doping tests
UCI conducted 5,509 Urine tests and 587 Blood Tests.
ITF conducted 1,770 Urine Tests and 157 Blood Tests(only done at Slams).

Out-of- competition anti-doping tests
UCI conducted 2,013 Urine Tests and 4,649 Blood Tests.
ITF/WADA conducted 91 Urine Tests and 0 Blood Tests

Total Testing
UCI conducted 12,758 tests to the ITF’s 2,018.

Pre-competition medical blood screens
UCI conducted 466 tests to the ITF’s 0.

Grand Total of UCI 13,224 to the ITF’s 2,018

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UCI Registered Testing Pool:
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13 Responses to “Doping in Tennis. Thanks.”

  1. Sarah said

    I didn’t want to post it – because I don’t believe. But… it does fit here. 🙂

    The Illustrated – 11.02.2009

    The controversy

    The dark side of a champion

    Written by Blaise Calame

    Rafael Nadal, the era of suspicion

    Superhuman performance, strikes from elsewhere, a physical Gladiator: in 22 years, the Spanish tennis over the planet. But is it flawless? Her young career is fraught with gray areas.

    Melbourne, 1 February 2009. Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his first Australian Open after a gripping final in five sets. Roger Federer is empty, broken, bitter. Powerless, he cries. Nadal the console, triumphant.

    Including his semi-final marathon against Verdasco, the Majorcan just spend nine hours on court 37 in less than two days to run as a consideration. Federer, who had folded his semi-final in three sets, has been exhausted. So in the span of the Rod Laver Arena, there are those who celebrate the triumph of the king Nadal. And those who doubt.

    Questions about a champion

    Nadal is it doped? The small world of tennis hate talk. No player is likely to condemn the world: fear for the image, fear for the sponsors. But the short and brilliant career of the Spanish has always been accompanied by questions. Out of adolescence with Gladiator overpowering arm, the ability to recover non-standard, and the excitement evident between points as if he was still hot after five hours of Thursday while it was 35 degrees: the boy forced air perfect suspect.

    Suspect because that beyond the standards. Superhuman. “Rafa is so much intensity in each point that something will eventually drop in his body,” said recently in London, Pete Sampras. A year ago, his coach and uncle Toni Nadal gave the Diario de Mallorca: “Rafa is suffering from chronic inflammation in his left foot. This is very serious. “Since then, he would not run in training. However, on the court …

    In 2003, Nadal is suspected of taking anabolic steroids. Three years later, a large tennis magazine evokes a positive control in the tournament in Dubai, without result. At Roland Garros in 2004, Le Temps speaks of “sports high-ranking” for reporting a doping investigation against three Spanish players: Nadal, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Alex Corretja. The blow falls. The following year, in the final of Roland Garros, Nadal atomizing Argentine Mariano Puerta … which will itself be sanctioned for doping. In 2006 Puerto case broke (see below).

    Last year, finally, after his victory against Federer in Paris, the daily L’Equipe revealed that Nadal was tested positive to etilefrine, a stimulant that he had prescribed against influenza …

    That’s a lot for one man. “I’ve never taken anything in my life, says the Spanish. I have not received such education. “Meanwhile, he surrounds himself with lawyers.

    The shortcomings of tennis

    The chance to Nadal and the other is without doubt that we have long believed that tennis doping did not exist. A wrong, even if the controls are recent serious. Previously, it was the ATP, so the players, who managed the problem with the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has demanded an end to the too familiar refrain of dirty laundry washed in the family. Now, the ITF acts alone is better. But is it enough?

    “Some sports federations are very open in relation to communication about doping, while others, like tennis, much less,” says Martial Saugy, head of the Swiss laboratory analysis of doping. Therefore, the list of cheaters has recognized only one winner of a Grand Slam tournament, the Czech Petr Korda, a team of Argentine and non-grade. Pinched in 2004, the Briton Greg Rusedski balance: “Half the players on the Top 100 are doped! It does not say … because the ATP has led a tough life for the few snitches. For expressing his doubts about some players fresh in the fifth set that first, the French Nicolas Escudé was even forced to make a public apology.

    Pharmacy possible doping tennis is rich with the power to strike: Nandrolone and anabolic steroids, for Endurance: steroids, ephedrine and nandrolone; for the concentration finally: ephedrine.

    “Before, players took amphetamines. Why they not only use of EPO today? “Last summer was a doctor in humanity. Dr Bernard Montalvan, doctor teams from France tennis stated unequivocally: “The urine tests are outdated.” However, the vast majority of players outside the blood.

    Unsure of their relevance in the tournament, Martial Saugy rather pleads for longitudinal follow-up and increased random checks. “In recent years, we went to a more sophisticated doping to prepare the body for better support recovery and long efforts, he adds. This doping was more difficult to detect. It combines a mosaic of growth hormone, EPO and steroids (testosterone), which will act on several metabolic routes with great variability between individuals. ”

    The case of Puerto

    February 2006: The Spanish Civil Guard, warned two years earlier by the repentant cyclist Jesús Manzano, in Madrid discovered a clandestine laboratory blood samples. On 23 May, Dr Eufemiano Fuentes was arrested. The seizure is spectacular: 224 bags of blood, blood products and plasma, anabolic steroids, the EPO and growth hormones. Four days later, Dr. Fuentes was released on bail. We learn quickly that, of 200 athletes (!) Concerned, at least 58 cyclists, including Italian Ivan Basso and German Jan Ullrich, have consulted.
    The Spanish justice s’ingénie however to ensure that the names of other athletes are not disclosed. The headlines refer Rafael Nadal, the footballers of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Rafa’s uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, played at Barça. Has he introduced his nephew to Dr. Fuentes? The Spanish Minister for Sport, Jaime Lissavetsky, rises to niche: “No footballer or tennis player is involved.” Problem: the ministerial statement is disputed by Fuentes himself July 6, broadcast on Cadena SER .

    The Spanish justice turned a deaf ear. The Puerto case is classified for the first time in March 2007 and again in late September 2008. Meanwhile, an anti-doping law was passed in Spain, but without retroactive effect, it may not apply. On 12 January, however, the ears: in response to calls from the prosecution, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency in particular, the Madrid judge Antonio Serrano to reopen this issue reeks of bomb . Will there soon if Nadal has offered the services of Dr Fuentes expensive?

    The pride of Spain

    The Puerto highlights to fighting doping, Spain has long dragged its feet. Things are changing, but slowly. “Spain is a country that exists across the sport,” says the director of the Swiss laboratory in the fight against doping. It feels good when you have a case positive for the Spanish sports compared to others, by passing the controllers for the guilty! “Spain will not hear, much less from the country’s entry into recession in late 2008. For Spaniards, the suspicion hanging over their champions, as Nadal, are just jealous conspiracies fomented abroad.

    A logical reaction, “says sociologist Raffaele Poli, Institute of Sports Science, University of Lausanne. “The emotions are the victories are stronger than the doubts hanging over the sport.” He noted “a trend toward social acceptance of doping.”

    Highlights muscles and raging fists, Nadal is the symbol of a triumphant conquering Spain, bulimic victories. There, the sport is king, King Juan Carlos loves the sport. And when he kisses Nadal, he is his equal. “In Spain, the political pressure is huge in football, athletics and tennis,” dares a specialist in anti-doping. Overcome or die: no one else. For the moment, Rafael Nadal remains untouchable. B. Ca

    The dark

    The Majorcan Rafael Nadal, living embodiment of the fighting spirit. His gaze cache there any truth less flamboyant?

    March 2003

    The tournament in Hamburg, Rafael Nadal still has a figure comparable to that of other athletes his age.

    January 2008

    Training on the sidelines of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The morphology of Nadal, all muscles, is impressive.


    Arrested in Madrid, then released, Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes (inset) conducted a laboratory processing blood products. Rafael Nadal has benefited from its services.

    Equal princes

    6 July 2008: Rafael Nadal won his first title at Wimbledon. Leaping to the Tribune, he is warmly embraced by Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, which give it the same time the status of untouchable

    • Kathleen said

      Sarah said
      April 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      I didn’t want to post it

      Then you shouldn’t have. It is an absolutely scandleous article. I don’t believe Rafael Nadal has ever taken illegal drugs or ever would.

      • LN said

        You don’t know for sure that Nadal or any of your other favourite tennis players haven’t taken illicit substances. I know it might be considered a personal attack, but sport is sport, and doping is always going to be an issue with the top dogs, especially for the absolute physical machine that is Nadal… I love tennis and I hope they adopt a really tough anti-doping policy with regular testing so that it is a level playing field and that nothing can tarnish such a great sport!

      • Sarah said

        Okay… I don’t believe it either.

        But it’s out there. This isnt’ the first time I read something like this. What do you want, for us to ignore it?

        That won’t make it go away.

  2. Your Fave Player Dopes said

    I understand why you responded about Nadal like you did.
    Please take away the larger point that NO PLAYER can be considered clean thanks to the pathetic doping regs put in by the ITF and agreed to by the players.

    • joao said

      Thanks YFPD,

      I think tennis fans, just like fans from most sports, other than track and field, weightlifting and cycling, should really wake up and accept that their sport is just as prone to drug using than every other sport.

      It makes for uncomfortable viewing. But is a dark reality that belies our sport.

      • Your Fave Player Dopes said

        No problem, thanks. Europeans have been posting about doping for ages; in the US it’s taboo. This is about the only site where you can post any info. Thank you for that.

        What I find interesting is that tennis is one of the only sports in the US where the majority of the people covering/reporting it are part of the governing bodies.

  3. Your Fave Player Dopes said

    I forgot to add the per player, tourny breakdown:

    • Big Fish said

      Thanks for your post and the link, YFPD. It is very interesting. If Alex Rodriguez is still playing after admitting using drugs, also doping of some baseball players surfaced only when they were about to retire, I wouldn’t be surprise if there was a dark place in professional tennis. But Most likely we would never know.

  4. Mercedes said

    “*Tennis only tests the losers at the events.”

    That is incorrect at least with respect to the majors. The winner of the event gets tested, including blood.

    • Your Fave Player Dopes said

      Yes, but it’s only the winner of the entire tourny that gets tested for urine. Blood tests were ONLY done for the slams. That’s scary. Combine it with only 20 epo tests done for the entire year equals something is rotten. Especially considering the condensed schedule due to the Olympics.

      It makes more sense to test the winners of the match, combined with a test for everyone when the event starts. Doping for one match, which can be done, can leave you with energy for the rest of the tourny.

  5. Your Fave Player Dopes said

    I’ve enjoyed this so much, so I’ve emailed this post, linked here with your replies of course, to Peter Bodo.

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