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Re: The doping program joke of the ITF!!!

Post by Larry Ellison on Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:58 pm

Tenez wrote:
Amritia3ee wrote:

I don't really see myself as a Nadal 'fan'; I consider myself to be quite unbiased.

You cannot be serious!
Yes that's what people always say, for some reason.

Last year on MTL I was voted as most loyal fan on the forum, I really can't fathom why. Maybe they recognised I was loyal to unbiased tennis?

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Post by luvsports! on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:00 pm

oh come on man that is just nonsense!
where has this change come from!??!

You are a big nadal fan, fact!
Is someone else on your account? Polar opposites right now.
When ever anyone attacks nadal your riposte tends to be an instantaneous snappy retort defending him and attacking a fed fan for example.
I think you are lying to yourself right now, c'est crazy no?

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Post by Tenez on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:05 pm

Amritia3ee wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:
Tenez wrote:
Amritia3ee wrote:

I don't really see myself as a Nadal 'fan'; I consider myself to be quite unbiased.

You cannot be serious!
I think Amri has wisened up to some truths and is now trying to jump off of The Titanic before it sinks
No I have never wavered, I can assure you I am unbiased as I have always been.

You see. THis is a sentiment we all have. SInce we only see the world through our own glasses we cannot see ourselves biased and that is a typical answer of someone who has hardly done some introspection.

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:07 pm

I look forward to the New Amri and some informative contribution on Fuentes case.
I am sure that as an unbiased fan, he'll be the first to condemn any cheats that get found out

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Post by Larry Ellison on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:12 pm

There's no new Amri in terms of being more unbiased Nole.

I've always recognised impartiality is the key to unbiased analysis.

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:16 pm

Well, I admit I am not unbiased. I try to be but when it comes to Nole I can be a bit blinkered, but that's the joy of being a fan

It does help that I loved tennis before he turned up on the scene, so I am not hot-headed and taking any criticism personally like all Nadal fans seem to.

You only need to remember why Tenez (and subsequently myself and a few others) was banned from v2 to acknowledge that fact.

It simply does not happen with fans of Federer or Djokovic.

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Post by luvsports! on Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:51 pm

any luck trying to get the crazy aussie on board nitb?

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:54 pm

luvsports! wrote:any luck trying to get the crazy aussie on board nitb?

I've been busy LS, but will try and do it before Christmas.

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Post by luvsports! on Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:08 pm

dont worry bud you dont need to haha!

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:31 pm

luvsports! wrote:dont worry bud you dont need to haha!


I'll definitely contact him and ask for his opinion on doping in tennis. He mentioned Nadal in one of thise links, so would like to find out what made him name him openly

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Post by luvsports! on Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:02 pm

do you have to subscribe to do that or just comment on one of his videos?

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:37 pm

luvsports! wrote:do you have to subscribe to do that or just comment on one of his videos?

wait and see....

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Post by paulcz on Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:35 pm

paulcz wrote:
Amritia3ee! wrote:

I don't really see myself as a Nadal 'fan'; I consider myself to be quite unbiased.

Great news, I see really one step forward to a recognition of right tennis stuff

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:19 pm

I remember that from a few years ago, and thought good on Rog to ask for it.
I remember Murray and Nadal not being happy, but don't remember Soderling's reaction, which is particularly interesting as he says: what's the point of revealing it after the player's retired, well my dear Robin - to take all those trophies from the proven doped player, just like LA was stripped of all of his 7 Tour de France's titles...

Maybe he thought of Agassi, who seems to be above any shame and authority.

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Post by paulcz on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:24 pm

8 years for saving samples are like a sword of Damocles over dopers. These will have bad sleeping when a new method in a drug detection will be discovered.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:46 pm

paulcz wrote:8 years for saving samples are like a sword of Damocles over dopers. These will have bad sleeping when a new method in a drug detection will be discovered.

Who would you expect to be caught?

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Post by paulcz on Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:59 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
paulcz wrote:8 years for saving samples are like a sword of Damocles over dopers. These will have bad sleeping when a new method in a drug detection will be discovered.

Who would you expect to be caught?

Surely there is enough of them. It is too sensitive topic to accuse somebody from a drug abusing even if some clues are quite blatant. One of top candidates is quite notorious, there is a probability close to 100%.

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Post by paulcz on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:13 pm

This topic is a big taboo in tennis world. Tennis is closed in its shelf and nobody from players will not openly say about of possible drug abusers. Tennis is the most individual sport with much money in it. In my opinion a relationship between ITF and WADA works above standard. They need to keep tennis as a clean sport.

I have already asked about possible silent ban in tennis and it is kept like a Mayos secrecy.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:15 pm

That is so disappointing.
People are such cowards when it comes to money.

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Post by Tenez on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:23 am

paulcz wrote:8 years for saving samples are like a sword of Damocles over dopers. These will have bad sleeping when a new method in a drug detection will be discovered.

Agree. Cause like LA, there is the dealing with sponsors asking their money back and many organisations suing you for cheating them and that means there is a huge pressure if being caught years later and that cannot be a bad thing.

I 'd like to read the original interview in English where he says he'd like the samples to be available for longer.

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:45 am

Tenez wrote:
Agree. Cause like LA, there is the dealing with sponsors asking their money back and many organisations suing you for cheating them and that means there is a huge pressure if being caught years later and that cannot be a bad thing.

Maybe that's why Nadal is reluctant to buy himself a house & still lives with his parents

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:54 pm

noleisthebest wrote:
luvsports! wrote:do you have to subscribe to do that or just comment on one of his videos?

wait and see....

I've sent a message, see what happens

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Post by Veejay on Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:22 am

Interesting comments from French anti doping agency (AFLD) president Bruno Genevois:


“I have been able to keep up contact with the UCI, whereas I have struggled to establish continued contact with the International Tennis Federation. In the field of the fight against the doping, there are many who believe but too few who practice.”


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/afld-hopeful-it-can-contribute-to-testing-at-2013-tour-de-france

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Post by luvsports! on Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:58 am

didn't know you kept up with cyclingnews VJ, im a daily viewer cos of the disso

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Post by Veejay on Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:58 pm

luvsports! wrote:didn't know you kept up with cyclingnews VJ, im a daily viewer cos of the disso

Oh no,I dont keep up with cycling at all,I found this bit of info from our favourite blog Big Grin
Kinda makes you wonder how this applies to whats going on with Nadal.People are claiming there is no such thing as a silent ban,perhaps not legally....

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Post by Veejay on Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:29 pm

A really really really good documentary...definitely worth watching if anyone gets a chance to
Also very interesting comments about Carl Lewis in the comments section ( not to mention wearing braces in an HGH era)

youtube.com/watch?v=3Skg3-eoxq4

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:40 pm

Thanks Veejay.
I started watching the link, and that sees to be the BBC's documentary shown just before the Olympics called The Race That Shocked The World.

Did ESPN add anything to it at the end as I don't remember the BBC's documentary being nearly one and a half hour long?

Regardless, good to have it on Youtube now, as I wanted to sent the IPlayer link to people but it expired ages ago.

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:44 pm

And just in case anyone missed out on this link, here it is again: the importance of whistle-blowing must never be underestimated!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/lancearmstrong/9632129/Lance-Armstrong-is-a-bully.-I-could-not-let-him-win-says-whistle-blower-Betsy-Andreu.html#

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Post by Veejay on Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:15 pm

noleisthebest wrote:Thanks Veejay.
I started watching the link, and that sees to be the BBC's documentary shown just before the Olympics called The Race That Shocked The World.

Did ESPN add anything to it at the end as I don't remember the BBC's documentary being nearly one and a half hour long?

Regardless, good to have it on Youtube now, as I wanted to sent the IPlayer link to people but it expired ages ago.

I dont know if the BBC showed it,but its based on the whole scandal including Ben Johnson
Cant believe what an arrogant hypocrite Carl Lewis is..!!

Also amazed that the drugs they were caught with was Stanazolol (Winstrol) and Nandrolone

I would recommend everyone see that documentary

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:28 pm

Yes, the documentary is absolutely brilliant, in fact, I started watching it again, just having a coffee break atm
C. Lewis has always been like this, full of himself and an utter chav, I have never liked him, but always did like Ben Johnson, just loved the way he ran, to me he was the ultimate sprinter.
The thing that annoys me more than anything is that he got stripped of his gold medal there and then, and that scumbag &co got to keep all theirs to this day just for being protected by the flag they ran for.
Might is right both in sport as well as politics....

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Post by Veejay on Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:48 pm

noleisthebest wrote:Yes, the documentary is absolutely brilliant, in fact, I started watching it again, just having a coffee break atm
C. Lewis has always been like this, full of himself and an utter chav, I have never liked him, but always did like Ben Johnson, just loved the way he ran, to me he was the ultimate sprinter.
The thing that annoys me more than anything is that he got stripped of his gold medal there and then, and that scumbag &co got to keep all theirs to this day just for being protected by the flag they ran for.
Might is right both in sport as well as politics....

I feel the same way you do,I was very very young when this all happened so I never really knew much about it,but like you said its totally U.S biased when taking into consideration the amount of failed drug tests that went missing at the 1984 Olympics and how Lewis failed several drugs tests himself
The guy wore braces for gods sake...clear sign of someone using HGH
Amazing how almost every sprinter in that Seoul Olympic 100 meter final race were eventually exposed to have doped at some point in time
I still cant believe he got caught for Stanazolol... cause I have used that drug myself Laugh
You know why Johnson got caught,because of the hamstring injury.Had he remained with his coach while he was rehabilitating and still cycling up,he would have been clean by the time the Olympics came.But then theres the whole conspiracy theory of him claiming someone spiked his drink,possible for Stanazolol as you can use it in tablet form,but also possible had it been for the masking agent

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Post by Veejay on Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:55 pm

Just saw this over on BR and thought some would like to read this :


Anthony Carter: Doping Suspension Details
Late last week, I noted the ITF had posted that wheelchair tennis player Anthony Carter had been suspended for an anti-doping violation. The sanction was imposed by UKAD. The full decision has now been released.

May 27, 2012: Mr. Carter gave a urine sample at the UK's National Wheelchair Tennis Championships. The sample tested positive for cannabis.

July 6, 2012: Mr. Carter was issued a Notice of Charge letter from UKAD.

July 13, 2012: Mr. Carter admitted to the charge and waived his right to a test of his 'B' Sample. He also choose to take a voluntary provisional suspension at this time.

August 23, 2012: UKAD makes decision to suspend Mr. Carter for 3 months, effective July 13, 2012. The ITF updated their suspended list of players at this time.

September 3, 2012: UKAD publishes decision.

Commentary: The significance of this decision is not Mr. Carter's positive test, but the time lag between testing positive and the public being informed of the decision (approximately 3 months). This was a very straightforward case involving a relatively minor substance. Further, the athlete admitted to the charge and waived a 'B' Sample test. The only substantial item for debate was the length of the suspension.

However, even though the case was extremely simple, three full months passed between the sample being collected and the public being informed of a violation. If a tennis player with significant financial resources tested positive for a serious banned substance (e.g., synthetic testosterone), faced a long suspension, and decided to fight the case, how long could it take before a decision was rendered? How long could an unannounced provisional suspension last? Based on the Carter case, it seems that it could easily take a year, or more. And remember, in tennis, if the decision exonerated the player, no public announcement would be made. Instead, after a potentially very long absence, the player would return to the tour.

I would argue (as I have in the past) that it would be better for the credibility of the tennis anti-doping program to make public announcements of provisional suspensions. Transparency builds trust and mitigates rumor mongering.


Provisional suspensions are permitted under the Code without public notification until the completion of a tribunal. It would be possible for a player to be past the point of a positive "B" sample, but prior to the point of a tribunal, and that player would be provisionally suspended (fully WADA-compliant) without the public knowing about it.
When the proceeding is over, there are two options.

1) They find the player guilty. In that case the public is notified.

2) They find the player not guilty (for whatever reason). In that case the public would likely not be notified of the proceedings. That means that the public would not know that a positive sample was ever given (even if the reason for the exoneration didn't bring into question the legitimacy of the positive test reliability). The caveat to this is that it is up to the player whether or not to announce the tribunal. If for instance, Kendrick had been exonerated, he would still have the right (but not the requirement) to say that he had been found not guilty at tribunal. This situation really is relevant in situations where the organization had previously announced a positive, and the player wants to try to clear his name after the fact

http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/World_Anti-Doping_Program/WADP-The-Code/WADA_Anti-Doping_CODE_2009_EN.pdf

http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.ca/2011/08/clarifying-release-of-positive-tests.html

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Post by legendkillar on Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:05 pm

Saw the race that shook the world. For all your sky sports subscribers out there, interestingly enough there is a new docmentary about sporting heroes and one Carl Lewis appears 'denying' ever doping Winking

Also I read that article about the wheelchair player. I do believe it broke a few months back. Not sure if anything else new has come to light.

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Post by Veejay on Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:17 pm

Doping, Tennis, Nadal: A Connection?

Rafael Nadal’s prolonged absence from the tour has raised suspicions, and the ITF's anti-doping program does little to reassure, writes Blair Henley.
By Blair Henley

Rafael Nadal at the 2008 Australian Open(October 5, 2012) -- Baseball players testifying in front of Congress. Sprinters banned from Olympic competition. Accusations against cyclist after cyclist.

The recent revelations all but confirming Lance Armstrong’s doping history should have come as no surprise. Now that the sports superstar has officially stopped fighting the doping allegations and has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, it may be time to start looking at athletes’ claims of innocence with a touch more cynicism.

That brings us to the case of Rafael Nadal. Rumblings within the tennis industry suggest his prolonged injury layoff may not be what it seems. Is it possible that Rafa is, in fact, serving a so-called “silent” doping ban?

We’re all familiar with the knee issues that have plagued the King of Clay throughout his career. In fact, in four of the last five years, Nadal has missed at least one tournament due to pain in that pesky left knee. We also know that the Spaniard has been dogged by doping rumors since his bulging biceps burst on the scene in 2001.

Just last year, former French Open champ Yannick Noah penned a French newspaper column alleging widespread doping among Spanish athletes. Not surprisingly, Nadal, who has also spoken out in defense of Tour de France-stripped Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, called Noah’s comments “totally stupid,” citing the comprehensive drug testing in professional tennis.

And Nadal’s right, of course (about the testing part, anyway). The International Tennis Federation (ITF), which oversees anti-doping efforts for both the WTA and the ATP tours, is intent on creating the deterrents necessary to avoid a Major League Baseball-esque public shaming.

Like all signatories under the World Anti-Doping (WADA) umbrella, the ITF testing program “operates throughout the year, both in and out of competition,” said ITF anti-doping manager Dr. Stuart Miller. Players have no advance notice before testing, and a select group known as the “international registered testing pool” must provide their whereabouts year-round. That group is comprised of, but not limited to, athletes ranked inside the top 50 and those returning from a retirement or extended absence.

World No. 4 Andy Murray has commented multiple times regarding the inconveniences of life swimming in the registered testing pool. More than once he’s been awakened by an early morning visit from ITF-contracted testers.

"When you're going to the toilet and they're staring at you, in your own home, it's just quite a strange feeling,” he said.

The element of surprise is the most effective weapon the ITF has working in its favor. According to ITF website, Nadal was tested at least seven times in competition and between one and three times out of competition (ITF statistics only give testing ranges) in 2011. He would not have known the timing of the test or whether testers were collecting a blood or urine sample.

Though Miller maintains that the ITF maximizes its resources, he also admits there are limitations on the anti-doping program’s reach.

“[To] the extent that the system allows, we are definitely on the cutting edge,” he said. “If the argument is being made that we’re not collecting enough samples, well everybody would always want to collect more. There’s always going to be a financial constraint that exists, and it depends on that constraint to determine how much you can do. It would be great to test every player, every day, but that’s simply not feasible.”

So the question becomes, do those limitations open the door wide enough for a top player to slip through?

Consider the fact that Nadal made no mention of his bum knee before or after his shocking second-round loss to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. Though the omission could have certainly been an act of sportsmanship, he has not hesitated to disclose his condition in the past. In a September interview with the Daily Mail, Nadal revealed a very different story regarding the state of his knee in London.

“My practice before Wimbledon was terrible. I played the first round with injections; otherwise it would have been impossible. That doesn’t help the knee.”

On July 4th, six days after the Wimbledon loss, Nadal’s camp announced he would be out for 15 days due to tendinitis in his left knee. The pain forced him to withdraw from the Olympics, but according to his Facebook page, Rafa was back on the court in early August. Things were looking promising for his appearance at the U.S. Open until he announced the he was suffering from Hoffa’s syndrome (an impingement of the fat pad beneath the patella).

The diagnosis changed once again in early September. Now he’s rehabbing a partial tear in his patella tendon. Despite committing to play an exhibition tournament in late December, Nadal seemingly quashed any hope of a year-end Tour Championships appearance.

“I hope you see me in Australia,” he said in his Daily Mail interview. “That is the biggest goal for me, to come back just before then in Qatar, but I cannot say for sure it is going to happen.”


Rafael Nadal with his coach and uncle Toni But confusion ensued once again when his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, spoke to Fox Sports.

“In 15 days, Rafa will resume training in time for him to aim to play in the Masters and the final of the Davis Cup.”

Nadal’s knee-injury timeline has been a head-scratcher if nothing else.

Is a Cover-Up Conceivable?

If a player tests positive for a banned substance (and does not qualify for a Therapeutic Use Exemption), the ITF sends the individual a letter detailing the offense, explaining where and when the sample was collected, and listing the potential consequences. At that time, the player can choose to admit the charge or contest it in front of an independent tribunal (usually chaired by a lawyer and made up of experts in medicine and/or science). If a player is then found to be at fault following tribunal hearings, a suspension would be issued based on the evidence a player provides in his or her defense. It’s also important to note that a player can be barred from play pending a decision by the tribunal. This is known as a provisional suspension.

The standard doping sanction is two years; a time period that can, and often is, adjusted on a case-by-case basis. A positive test is only made public if and when a ban is handed down. The ITF strives to reach a decision within 60 days of notifying a player of a positive test, though that time period can vary.


Peter Korda
For instance, Petr Korda famously won the Australian Open in 1998 only to test positive for nandrolone (an anabolic steroid) at Wimbledon of that year. The news was not made public until nearly six months later.

In the case of a “guilty verdict,” the charges go public whether the accused is Rafael Nadal or an unknown player ranked 500th in the world according to Miller, who has headed the ITF anti-doping arm since 2006.

“There are no circumstances at any time that any favoritism, special treatment, discretion has been exercised as far as I’m aware since I’ve been involved, though I can only speak for myself,” he said. “As evidence of that, I’ll point to [the banning of] Martina Hingis, Mariano Puerta, and Richard Gasquet, all of whom have been ranked in the top 10 in singles.”

If, however, a player is found to have no fault or negligence after a positive test, he or she is effectively exonerated. This means a player could test positive, fight the charges, and have them dropped all without the public’s knowledge. If he or she is placed on a provisional suspension during that time but is then exonerated, the break from play could be explained any way the player chooses.

American Robert Kendrick’s positive test on May 22, 2011, was not made public until two months later on July 29th when the ITF released news of his one-year suspension. ITF documents indicate he volunteered to be placed on a provisional suspension that took effect on June 17th.

If the tribunal cleared Kendrick of all charges, he would have returned to the tour with a clean slate (and no announcement made). But based on the current anti-doping rules and regulations carried out by the ITF, there is no way an actual doping ban be could be handed down and served without the public’s knowledge.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘silent ban’ as far as I’m concerned,” Miller confirmed.

So a silent ban may be an impossibility. Unannounced provisional suspensions, however, happen all the time. Though unlikely, Rafael Nadal could conceivably be serving such a suspension.

Asking Unpopular Questions

It's understandable that Nadal fans want to take his knee issues at face value. (Especially when he says heartwarming things like: “I always want to be honest with myself and to those who have faith in me.”) But observers with knowledge of systematic doping in several other sports find it prudent to ask the difficult, and in this case unpopular, questions. And yes, the questions could easily be asked regarding several other top players on the ATP and WTA tours in addition to Nadal.

Given that WADA Code allows signatories to make their own decision on whether or not to announce positive tests when they occur, it seems the ITF could halt the rumor mill for good by agreeing to make all positive tests public whether they result in a suspension or not. Miller says they have decided against taking that route “because ‘positive tests’ are subject to an initial review which may reveal reasons why it should not be taken forward, such as the existence of a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption.”

Regardless, a look at the WADA statistics between 2007 and 2011 paints a puzzling picture. The ITF reported 53 positive tests (or Adverse Analytical Findings) but only 21 Anti-Doping Rule Violations during that time. As the anonymous writer and curator of the widely read blog Tennis Has a Steroid Problem points out, this raises a number of questions.


Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open“What accounts for the difference between positive tests and violations? Did players have Therapeutic Use Exemptions allowing them to use a banned substance? Did their 'B' Sample test negative? Did a tribunal find that the players did not commit a violation? If so, what was the reason for their finding?”

Described by Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim as “seditious,” the Steroid Problem blog receives an average of 30,000 page views per month and plays host to many tennis fans looking to discuss their own conspiracy theories with like-minded individuals. The blog’s writer, however, sticks to the facts, lobbying only for greater transparency from the ITF.

As Clean As It Seems?

A 2009 Slate story asked this question about the game of tennis: “Can any sport possibly be that clean?”

To put it simply, no one really knows. Though Miller did have this to say about the propensity for systematic doping in tennis: “In all of those sports [cycling, baseball, sprinting], you are trying to maximize some performance variable like stamina, endurance, strength, speed, or power. In tennis that is not necessarily the case…You need great technique, and you’ve got to understand tennis strategy over and above the dominant component of strength, speed, and power which those other sports have. The point being that there’s not one group of prohibited substances that alone can guarantee success in tennis.”

Underestimating the dopers, perhaps?

Miller also has an answer for those considering the effect a five hour Grand Slam final might have on a player’s body.

“Yes, you have some long tennis matches, but if you look at how long the ball is in play in a tennis match, it’s somewhere between 7 and 11 minutes per hour,” he said. “In grass court tennis, in a five hour match, the ball might be in play for 35 minutes.”

It’s a baffling philosophy to some who believe enhancing even one of the skills needed to play tennis, whether it be speed, strength, endurance, or even recovery, is enough to create a significant advantage over an opponent. In fact, respected coach and TV analyst Darren Cahill voiced his opinion earlier this year in regard to similar remarks Miller made to multiple other publications.

“I believe our testing program is a good one and tough to beat…but I don’t agree with [Miller’s] assessment,” Cahill said on Twitter.

To be fair, Miller acknowledges the possibility of doping in tennis, as evidenced by the 63 Anti-Doping Rule Violations the ITF has uncovered over the past 17 years. He just doesn’t believe current evidence supports the existence of systematic abuse.

“A philosophy that there is systematic doping would be more founded on a belief that the use of prohibited substances is necessary to reach the top,” insists Miller.

If the ITF had unlimited funds, there would undoubtedly be an increase in out of competition testing, (which in 2011 accounted for just 216 of the 2,150 total tests), as well as an increase in blood testing.

Blood specimens are currently tested for hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers and HGH, but samples of the blood variety only accounted for around six percent of the total number of tests administered in 2011 – a shortcoming currently being addressed by the ITF.

The Verdict

Given the current limitations of the ITF anti-doping program, it’s impossible to prove or disprove the existence of systematic doping in tennis. However, the circumstantial evidence reminds us to be, if not cynical, maybe a bit more skeptical.

In his autobiography, Andre Agassi admitted avoiding a doping suspension by falsely claiming the meth he ingested came from his assistant’s spiked drink.

Brisbane airport authorities caught Wayne Odesnik with medical paraphernalia and eight vials of HGH in 2010. Even after pleading guilty, the ITF deferred the second half of the American’s two-year suspension.

With examples like these, doesn’t it also seem plausible that one of the most recognized tennis players in history could avoid a suspension by claiming he was injected with HGH in his sleep by a disgruntled employee? Possible, albeit fictitious, scenarios abound.

It’s also worth considering evidence of doping outside of the sport. Are tennis players so different from the baseball players, cyclists, and sprinters that have considered performance enhancing drugs to be a calculated risk?

Then you must wonder to what lengths profiting parties will go in an attempt to cover up wrongdoing. After San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera recently tested positive for a synthetic testosterone, he allegedly enlisted help in creating a fake website that sold a fictitious product on which he planned to pin his positive test. MLB officials quickly exposed the desperate cover-up effort.

It would be nice to believe these are all isolated incidents, but with mass amounts of money at stake, the odds of that are slim.

As for Nadal, there is no solid proof he is serving a provisional suspension as he awaits news of a possible ban. As far as we know, he spends time each day rehabbing in the pool or at the gym, enjoying time with his family in his free time (at least that’s what his Facebook page would suggest). Ironically, he even filmed a Spanish anti-doping ad posted on YouTube just days ago.

It is indeed unfortunate that the current anti-doping system allows for rampant speculation regarding players’ integrity. But it’s also unfortunate that Lance Armstrong took over 500 drug tests without failing one. It’s no wonder even casual observers doubt the ITF’s ability to stay ahead of the doping technology being used throughout the sports world.

As thrilling as it is to watch the seemingly inhuman athleticism of so many in pro tennis, it’s naïve not to ask questions of an extended absence from the tour in a world where performance enhancing drugs and blood doping run rampant. With wisps of smoke in the air, perhaps there is more fire than some would like to admit.

http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Doping,-Tennis,-Nadal---Connection-.aspx

Pretty fair article,what do you think?
The one thing people seem to over look is that everyone is taking for granted that the IF and ATP would be following protocol and act within the rules.Has anyone considered the possibility that perhaps they aren't? Of course we will never know and have to take their word for it,but just because someone says silent bans dont exist doesnt rule out the possibility that they do.Of course Im not saying this is the case,all Im saying is that people lie
I posted a link earlier which claims that the French anti doping agency claimed that they have been struggling to establish continued contact with the ITF"
A communication gap like that shouldnt exist with in an organisation which claims to be doing everything they can to try and keep the sports clean.Sounds like the effort is very one sided and if thats the case then the French anti doping agency's frustration is totally legitimate

The other part I disagree with is "The point being that there’s not one group of prohibited substances that alone can guarantee success in tennis.”
No banned substances guarantees any kind of success in any sport,it does however significantly increase your chances at success as it enhances your ability beyond its natural means,but it doesnt ever guarantee winning.Taking the conditions and how physical the game is played today theres a lot to be gained for a player by taking PED's.You could be the best shotmaker in the world but could still lose to someone because they endured longer

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Veejay wrote:

Pretty fair article,what do you think?
The one thing people seem to over look is that everyone is taking for granted that the IF and ATP would be following protocol and act within the rules.Has anyone considered the possibility that perhaps they aren't? Of course we will never know and have to take their word for it,but just because someone says silent bans dont exist doesnt rule out the possibility that they do.Of course Im not saying this is the case,all Im saying is that people lie
I posted a link earlier which claims that the French anti doping agency claimed that they have been struggling to establish continued contact with the ITF"
A communication gap like that shouldnt exist with in an organisation which claims to be doing everything they can to try and keep the sports clean.Sounds like the effort is very one sided and if thats the case then the French anti doping agency's frustration is totally legitimate

The other part I disagree with is "The point being that there’s not one group of prohibited substances that alone can guarantee success in tennis.”
No banned substances guarantees any kind of success in any sport,it does however significantly increase your chances at success as it enhances your ability beyond its natural means,but it doesnt ever guarantee winning.Taking the conditions and how physical the game is played today theres a lot to be gained for a player by taking PED's.You could be the best shotmaker in the world but could still lose to someone because they endured longer


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Post by legendkillar on Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:16 am

Having read that before Vee and I think ROTLA did something similar, I think when drawing comparisons with other sports I often find that we can lose sight of just how tennis governs itself compared with other sports. E.g yes Lance Armstrong was eventually caught and convicted of being cheat doesn't necessarily mean that even though many had suspicions at the time, that they apply as fact in the case of Nadal. Also Korda was still playing whilst testing positive. That for me made a joke of the ATP and ITF.

I think if anything the upcoming Fuentes case should tell us more of how rife is might be in tennis Winking

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Post by luvsports! on Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:02 am

I hope loads are implicated in it and I don't care who is on that list (bar feds obvs as I will cry) but the more are caught the better!

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:04 am

luvsports! wrote:I hope loads are implicated in it and I don't care who is on that list (bar feds obvs as I will cry) but the more are caught the better!

Absolutely. The only thing is, as far as I can see it if one's in it, they'll all be in it. But yes, bring it on!

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Post by luvsports! on Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:48 pm

not strictly tennis but some interesting views on doping being much more prevalent across more sports. http://www.newstalk.ie/Newstalk-Special-Report-Doping-in-Sport

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Post by noleisthebest on Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:31 pm

luvsports! wrote:not strictly tennis but some interesting views on doping being much more prevalent across more sports. http://www.newstalk.ie/Newstalk-Special-Report-Doping-in-Sport

Not sure I could read that in the article. It just says how the Irish test their athletes rigorously.

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