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ITF Drug testing in tennis increases, but not evenly for all players (article)

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Drug testing in tennis increases, but not evenly for all players
Thursday, April 03, 2014 /by Kamakshi Tandon


Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams were tested 11 or more times by the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme last year, according to figures released by the ITF.

Seven or more of the tests for Nadal and Federer were “out-of-competition,” while 4-6 were for Djokovic and Williams. The other tests were administered “in-competition.” Andy Murray, who had back surgery and did not play part of the 2013 season, was tested 8-12 times in total. Victoria Azarenka was tested at least 14 times altogether.

Juan Martin del Potro and Jelena Jankovic were not tested out of competition last year, despite finishing in the Top 10.

The figures show whether players were tested in or out of competition 1-3 times, 4-6 times, seven or more times, or not at all. Top-ranked players were generally tested more often, both in and out of competition.

Previously released figures show that testing went up last year, to 2,752 tests from 2,185 tests in 2012.

Out-of-competition blood testing increased to 449 tests from 63 in 2012, prompted by the implementation of the biological 'passport' program. Out-of-competition urine testing decreased to 144 tests from 271 tests. (See here and here.)

There were significant differences in the amount of testing players received. Dr. Stuart Miller, head of the anti-doping program, told USA Today and the Daily Telegraph that the organization may consider the amount of testing a player receives from national associations, or any other information relating to a player, when deciding whether to test.

He also pointed out that if an out-of-competition test is attempted but the player is not located, it is not shown as a test.

While any player can be selected for out-of-competition testing, Top 50 singles players and Top 10 doubles players are required to give their whereabouts so they can be found for testing, and tend to be tested most often. Three missed tests from such players in 18 months can result in a suspension.

Other observations from the figures:

—Some players now in the Top 50, like Ernests Gulbis, Tommy Robredo, Vasek Pospisil, Eugenie Bouchard, and Madison Keys, were not in the Top 50 last year and did not receive an out-of-competition test.

—Most players who were inside the Top 50 in 2013 received an out-of-competition at least once, though a few did not, including Jankovic, Marcos Baghdatis, Vavara Lepchenko, and Su-Wei Hsieh.

—Wayne Odesnik, also outside the Top 50 but who has previously served a suspension for trying to import HGH, received 1-3 tests out of competition and none in competition.

—Players from some nations seemed to be tested more than others. Three Chinese players who finished in the Top 55 the previous year—Li Na, Peng Shuai, and Zheng Jie—were tested seven or more times both for in- and out-of-competition tests. Zhang Shuai, who finished No. 52, was tested 4-6 times in competition and not tested out of competition.

—Italians Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Francesca Schiavone, and Andreas Seppi all received seven or more out-of-competition tests; Flavia Pennetta had 1-3 such tests while Fabio Fognini had none, but he was tested seven or more times in competition. Errani was once associated with Dr. Luis del Moral, who has been banned for doping activity in cycling, but denies working with him for that purpose.

—Among the Czechs, Tomas Berdych, Petra Kvitova, and Lucie Safarova all had seven or more in- and out-of-competition tests.

—Top Spanish and French players also frequently received seven or more out-of-competition tests. Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Feliciano Lopez, Carla Suarez Navarro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, and Alize Cornet all received seven or more out-of-competition tests, with Gael Monfils and Pablo Andujar received 4-6 such tests.

—Some breakout players like Milos Raonic and Jerzy Janowicz also had seven or more tests both in and out of competition. John Isner also received seven or more in- and out-of-competition tests, on top of the six he received from USADA through the third quarter of last year.

Writing on Twitter, Andy Murray suggested he would like to see the testing done on players by both the tennis anti-doping program and national associations.

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2013 ITF Drug tests per player (link)

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Serena and Vika probably get tested the most of the women. WTA would probably love a scandal with one of those two. lol The fact that the article doesn't even mention Maria suggests to me that she was possibly tested notably less than the other 2 or maybe not at all.
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Serena and Vika probably get tested the most of the women. WTA would probably love a scandal with one of those two. lol The fact that the article doesn't even mention Maria suggests to me that she was possibly tested notably less than the other 2 or maybe not at all.
check the link in post 2
she was tested 1-3 times in competition. 7+ times out of competition
she missed second half of year though so I'd say it's pretty even with Vika and Serena

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Serena and Vika probably get tested the most of the women. WTA would probably love a scandal with one of those two. lol The fact that the article doesn't even mention Maria suggests to me that she was possibly tested notably less than the other 2 or maybe not at all.
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Anyway, getting tested once or ten times don't change much, that's not the main problem.

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Serena and Vika probably get tested the most of the women. WTA would probably love a scandal with one of those two. lol The fact that the article doesn't even mention Maria suggests to me that she was possibly tested notably less than the other 2 or maybe not at all.
"probably"?? Why not just check the facts? SW 11 - 13+, Azarenka 14+, Sharapova 8 - 10+, Li Na 14+, Radwanksa 11- 13+

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Anyway, getting tested once or ten times don't change much, that's not the main problem.
And what, ATY, is the main problem?

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Last year, Anne Keothavong was on Sky Sports and she commented that there was a problem in the sport with drugs. She said, players were never being tested regularly enough.
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Not really related, but… Q: How does it work with the national anti-doping agencies if they players live in a foreign country? Like, Stosur lives in Florida which far from Australia… do the Australian anti-doping people ask their American counterparts to do the testing for them, or does it just not get done, or what?



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Not really related, but… Q: How does it work with the national anti-doping agencies if they players live in a foreign country?
From the US Anti Doping Agency Athlete Handbook. Most nations have similar rules and they co-operate.

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Being Tested Outside the United States
UsAdA works with many other Anti-doping organizations (Ados) from
around the world to coordinate testing of U .s .athletes living and training
abroad .If you are selected for testing under UsAdA’s program, and the
attempt is made outside of the United states, you will be provided with a
letter of Authority confirming your selection for testing under the UsAdA
program .

In addition to UsAdA, U .s .athletes are subject to doping control by:

the Adoof the country or region in which you are living, training, or
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Committee, all continental championships, etc.

When you are contacted or notified for testing, be aware of which entity is
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Last year, Anne Keothavong was on Sky Sports and she commented that there was a problem in the sport with drugs. She said, players were never being tested regularly enough.
So so so scandalous!
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And what, ATY, is the main problem?
False negatives obviously.

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