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Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

If so, is this a technique that could be beneficial to a player's short term fitness? And if not, how would the WTA, ITF or whoever actually check to make sure players aren't doing it?
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

why the questions?

Any background or back story?
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

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why the questions?

Any background or back story?

There is, but I don't want to drag the name of a particular player into it.
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

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There is, but I don't want to drag the name of a particular player into it.
That would be hard to, the jeannie is already out of the bottle.

The thread cannot develop w/o disclosing that.

At least you can lay out the situation/scenario w/o disclosing a name
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

This would fall under the category of "Blood Doping".

It is not allowed, and would give a player a tremendous advantage in terms of battling fatigue.

The ITF doesn't require you to give your blood when conducting drug tests, and thus there is nothing preventing athletes from cheating this way.
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This would fall under the category of "Blood Doping".

It is not allowed, and would give a player a tremendous advantage in terms of battling fatigue.

The ITF doesn't require you to give your blood when conducting drug tests, and thus there is nothing preventing athletes from cheating this way.
Don't the players have to ask permission to the WTA before taking any medication during the tournament, or inform them of any medical treatment likely to affect their blood stream?
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

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That would be hard to, the jeannie is already out of the bottle.

The thread cannot develop w/o disclosing that.

At least you can lay out the situation/scenario w/o disclosing a name

Not true. You're just making the argument to discuss the player in question in order to fuel the thread.

When one can easily simply discuss blood doping and how it would apply to tennis given the existing regulatory atmosphere in the tennis circuits.

Simple as that.

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Not true. You're just making the argument to discuss the player in question in order to fuel the thread.

When one can easily simply discuss blood doping and how it would apply to tennis given the existing regulatory atmosphere in the tennis circuits.

Simple as that.
You would be right if the the thread author had not voluntarily said there is player, but s/he does not want to mention any name.

If s/he truly just wanted to "discuss blood doping and how it would apply to tennis given the existing regulatory atmosphere in the tennis circuits" as you stated, s/he could simply have said that


But writing "There is, but I don't want to drag the name of a particular player into it." takes the thread into a speculative direction, whether s/he intended it or not

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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

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There is, but I don't want to drag the name of a particular player into it.
This seems like some chickenshit stuff. Do the research yourself and find out and then create a thread for it.

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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

Who would even want to do that?

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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

I'm sure Nadal can answer your questions.
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

Hey, could this be a legal remedy for say someone with an immune disorder?
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Re: Are tennis players allowed to take blood transfusions before matches?

^No, since it would go against that someone's religion.


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^No, since it would go against that someone's religion.
This we all know where this thread is heading. :Shrug:

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