I read that top-twenty players must call the WTA every day during the off-season to report their whereabouts and make themselves available for drug testing. If true, this raises a number of questions in my mind. Why just the top-twenty players? Numbers 21 - 200 can go crazy with performance enhancing drugs during the off-season? What if a player wants to go sailing or mountain climbing or engage in some outdoor wilderness adventure that could last days or weeks? Are they allowed to do so? Is a helocopter going to find them with a piss-cup? Are players compensated for this intrusion? Do players need a union to negotiate these issues with the WTA? Any answers, thoughts or insight would be appreciated.
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:17 PM
I'm guessing that this policy was instituted because of specific intelligence related to players in the Top 20 using the the off-season to dope up. I'm glad to see the ITF at least trying to step up enforcement.
i'm all in favor of strict testing but i'm also thinking there is a better way to do this.
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:49 PM
I re-checked the story as it was reported on anastasia-myskina.com (great site). Tennis Week is noted as the source. I mis-stated. It is the ITF and applies to the top-30 players, not top-20. Sorry. Nonetheless, this story really intriques me.
VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:01 PM
Exactly - it's like having a comunnist nation watching over your activities.
Dec 16th, 2005, 12:11 AM
this is so old....was posted like over a month ago
Dec 16th, 2005, 03:04 AM
Why only the top thirty players??!!?? In any other sport I know of rules apply to all.