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Prediction for 2009-2011: the WTA will be rocked by major doping scandals

...involving some of today's top name players. I am quite convinced that profesional tennis has a problem today like cycling in the mid 1990s, when a big percent of the athletes was using performance enhancer drugs but it was all under cover. So far the drug testing in tennis is not serious - only 1 WTA player was caught (a minor one, Karatancheva) and 1 or 2 minor players from ATP.

The reasons why no tennis players are being caught now is in my opinion because the drugs technology is very far ahead of the testing, and possibly some of these drugs which WTA players are taking may not even be on list of banned substances. So therefore top tennis players can take performance enhancers without any real fear of getting exposed.

But eventually in cycling the problem got so big that it could not be covered any longer and some serious testing and disciplinary measures had to be implemented, and I believe tennis will be reaching such a state within a few years. In future I think we will look back on the mid and late 2000s as the "doping era" in women's tennis...
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Discussing the issue of doping is fine, but any post accusing any player(s) of using doping, without any proof, will be immediately deleted


Plus, if the thread does turn ugly, into namecalling etc, it will be gone again. So keep this civilised please.

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Personally, I don't believe any sport is clean, I don't think tennis is an exception.
I don't know how often players get tested these days, but before they didn't get tested a lot, so it was probably easy to use doping and not be caught. I suspect they're testing more often now, but I wouldn't be surprised if any positive cases were kept hidden from the general public and the media

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With so much money in the business these days, it's hard to believe tennis would be the wonderland sport where doping do not exist...

Let's just hope it's not as spread as it is in cycling

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Re: Prediction for 2009-2011: the WTA will be rocked by major doping scandals

Seriously...
how could someone play a tournament so well..
then
stay injured for the rest of the year..
or play shitty...

shouldnt all players be tested atleast twice a year...
even if their injured or not...
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Seriously...
how could someone play a tournament so well..
then
stay injured for the rest of the year..
or play shitty...

shouldnt all players be tested atleast twice a year...
even if their injured or not...
tested twice a year
I remember Anastasia saying she was tested like 15 times in 2004

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Aren't players tested at every slam? Perhaps I'm mistaken. Anyway, as far as only 1 or 2 minor players being caught... Martina Hingis and Canas?

Who knows, the world is a dirty place, but I'll give most people the benefit of the doubt. Even if their acne outbreaks and dramatic increase in muscle mass are odd.
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Aren't players tested at every slam? Perhaps I'm mistaken. Anyway, as far as only 1 or 2 minor players being caught... Martina Hingis and Canas?

Who knows, the world is a dirty place, but I'll give most people the benefit of the doubt. Even if their acne outbreaks and dramatic increase in muscle mass are odd.
Yes, women in their teens and twenties getting acne. Quite bizarre. Almost unheard of and definately very suspicious.

Seriously. No. There are not going to be masses of drug scandals on the WTA tour. Tennis is a very different sport to something like running or cycling. Those sports are solely athleticism based. Tennis is requires both athleticism and skill. Drugs simply can't do for a tennis player what they can do for a cyclist. I am not saying they can't make a difference but in the case of tennis the risks do outweigh the potential gains.

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Is the WTA completely "clean" - meaning that there has not ever been a use by any player of any banned substance? No

Is there, or has there been, significant usage of banned substances? No.
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drugs make you recover fast from injury and endurance to train longer...and there is a lot of money involved,I am sure they also have pressure from sponsors for good results.I am sure these players are ahead of the game with these designer drugs that are undetectable...
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The WTA needs to catch those players pronto

Puerta made a GS Final and Korda won a Grand Slam with the help of banned substances and as far as I know , nobody has removed their names from those stats
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The WTA needs to catch those players pronto

Puerta made a GS Final and Korda won a Grand Slam with the help of banned substances and as far as I know , nobody has removed their names from those stats

I know who is clearly on the juice , once she wins a Grand Slam it will be too late
God, will you shut the hell up about Safina doping already? If anything, she looks like she's LOST weight in the past year. Jankovic made an abrupt run into the top 5 in '06/'07 and no one thought it was fishy.

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God, will you shut the hell up about Safina doping already? If anything, she looks like she's LOST weight in the past year. Jankovic made an abrupt run into the top 5 in '06/'07 and no one thought it was fishy.
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