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View Poll Results: Should tennis test for drugs that do not enhance performance?
Of course, they’re role models, and we have to think about the sport’s image 69 45.39%
May as well if they’re being tested anyway 19 12.50%
No, if it doesn’t aid performance, it’s their business what crud they put in their bodies 64 42.11%
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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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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

they test for all known drugs

what else they gonna do, bring in the cops to test the players and then arrest them

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

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they test for all known drugs

what else they gonna do, bring in the cops to test the players and then arrest them
No, I'm saying they (the tour) shouldn't consider recreational drugs at all.

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

First of all, you cannot dismiss it as a performance-enhancer as some have said in the main thread, in addition it tarnishes the image of the sport and all that stuff, so yes absolutely.

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

No they shouldn't, if it does not enhace their performance in anyway. What they do in their personal life is up to them, it's their life.
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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

Yes...STIMULANTS ONLY. (I have a problem with the wording of the poll, because I think the justification of the first choice is to narrow...but I had to pick it anyway.)

Generally, I think they should be free to experiment like any other person...role model or not. BUT

Cocaine is a stimulant and should be included. The other recreational drugs should not be tested.

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yes they should be tested....they change you (the player) in some way and can alter your body functions even if they have a let down the high can be experienced during the match and that is not what we need...it tarnishes everything...no drugs allowed period...can't have law-breakers on tour either

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

I chose "of course", but not for the reason given. My reason is that every sport should test for recreational drugs for a couple of reasons. One, the average person working on just about any job is subject to drug testing and sports should be no different, in my opinion. Recreational drug use doesn't just effect the individual, it effects everyone around them. Anything can happen in any given situation and the other players should be able to feel safe in their environment, i.e. the lockerrooms and not have to worry about another player either getting high, or is high and acting a damn fool.

Secondly, these athletes make so much money and can get caught up in drugs and alcohol because they are celebrities and it's easily accessible to them. It wouldn't hard for them to become addicted. I feel testing is a way to deter that from happening. So many athlete's careers have been derailed by substance abuse and if testing can cut down on that happening, it's better for the athlete, the sport and the fans.
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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

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First of all, you cannot dismiss it as a performance-enhancer as some have said in the main thread,
What if a drug doesn't, though? What if there's no known performance benefit?

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in addition it tarnishes the image of the sport and all that stuff, so yes absolutely.
I would find this more convincing if they also cracked down on other things that tarnish the image of the sport - see "coaches bonking underage players." Somehow THAT they can leave to the authorities.

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

If my Dallas Cowboys have to be tested, all professional athletes should be tested.
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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

stupid poll, I don't want to pay a ticket for a tennis match and then watch smiling players reaching nirvana
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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

Thread #7

How many more.
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Re: Should tennis test for drugs that do not enhance performance?

Cocaine is a stimulant ...

Yes, they should test for recreational drugs too.

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Re: Should tennis test for RECREATIONAL drugs?

I'm still trying to digest this news. Surely Tina wouldn't be so stupid to attempt to play under the influence. There must be some mistake.

Coke isn't conducive to an athletic sport at all.

Sure your gonna want to blast the cover of the ball, keep arguing with the umpire and banter with the crowd. Your coordination is going to be completely messed up. In other words if you are high on coke playing professional tennis: you will stick out like a sore thumb.

In answer to the question - NO.
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