Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: self-imposed exile
Should tennis test for drugs that do not enhance performance?
I was thinking about this in the one Hingis thread. I really don’t think tennis or other individual sports should test for non-performance enhancing drugs.
It’s not that I approve of illegal drug use (although I admit I don’t get as worked up about them as some do), but a) I don’t think it’s the tours’ responsibility to play cops (it’s not like they test the youngsters for alcohol use, or check their tax returns –hell, they don’t do a think about coaches bonking underage players) and b) I really think it’s a player’s own business what they do off-court.
It’s different with team sports, I think. If Tom Brady’s hitting the crack pipe, his addiction and his play will affect his whole team and their success, so the team has a vested interest in making sure he’s not abusing substances. The teams just work collectively, as the NFL, to address that interest.
But if a player wants to trash her results or her career because she’s stoned? Different story.
What do y’all think? (remember, the question isn’t whether coke, pot, etc., are “ok” or not or should be legal or not, but should the WTA test for it and punish people who test positive).
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