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Greenout
Nov 5th, 2007, 03:40 PM
Wow. Is she running for a political office soon? ;) I'd vote for her.


Henin supports tough action to keep tennis clean
By Simon Baskett
MADRID, Nov 5 (Reuters) - World number one Justin Henin has backed tough action by tennis authorities to ensure the sport stays clean in the wake of growing concerns about match-fixing and doping.

"My tolerance in doping and match-fixing is zero, but we can't accuse anyone until we have proof," the 25-year-old Belgian told a news conference on the eve of the WTA Championships in Madrid on Monday.

"It is unfortunately a scourge that appears to affect all sports but we have to make sure it doesn't affect tennis.

Men's tennis has been hit by a series of allegations about match-fixing in recent months while the women's game was rocked by Martina Hingis's revelation that she tested positive for cocaine during Wimbledon although the former number one denied she had taken the drug.

"On match-fixing the only thing I can say is that I've never been approached by anyone about anything and I've never heard about anything like it," said Henin.

"I'm not saying that doping and match corruption don't exist but I've never been approached.... I'm sure the ATP and WTA will do everything to ensure we keep a healthy and fair sport.

"For doping it is the same. I don't want to make any comment about Martina's situation but the thing is we want to keep a clean sport and a healthy sport because we all give our best when we play.

"Tennis is a great sport and we have to keep the image of the sport pretty good. We want to make sure people keep loving tennis.

"I have been tested around 10 times this year but that is no problem for me. I'm all in favour of it as long as the authorities respect the private life of the athletes."

Henin begins the defence of her WTA Championships title with her first round-robin match against 20-year-old Russian Anna Chakvetadze on Tuesday.

Juju4ever
Nov 5th, 2007, 03:50 PM
Justine :worship:

I hope there is no match fixing like in the ATP. :o

griffin
Nov 5th, 2007, 05:00 PM
Wake me up when someone either says they DON'T support testing, or names names.

hablo
Nov 5th, 2007, 05:14 PM
Yeah, big deal. She hasn't said anything we haven't heard before...

petkoan
Nov 5th, 2007, 05:41 PM
Wasn't she able to say just a few nice words about Hingis. Was it that tough... this situation is just hilarius...

Sefo
Nov 5th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Wasn't she able to say just a few nice words about Hingis. Was it that tough... this situation is just hilarius...

She doesn't have to say anything about Martina.

cogent53
Nov 5th, 2007, 07:28 PM
I think she's probably wise to give a no comment on Hingis. Have any of the top 10 commented at all yet?

Apoleb
Nov 5th, 2007, 08:23 PM
:eek: :eek: This is just revolutionary stuff.

Vlad Tepes
Nov 5th, 2007, 09:39 PM
Yeah, nothing new here, but Justine has to say this, as the world #1 :)

Pureracket
Nov 5th, 2007, 09:54 PM
As long as she doesn't start mentioning Serena's towel cutting and blunt smoking before the matches, JH is cool.

antonella
Nov 5th, 2007, 10:00 PM
Even when she's correct.. she's boring.

Randriantastic!
Nov 5th, 2007, 10:46 PM
I'd like to see her make a statement about for-now-still-illegal coaching. ;)

moon
Nov 5th, 2007, 11:15 PM
I'd like to see her make a statement about for-now-still-illegal coaching. ;)

me too. ;)

frontier
Nov 6th, 2007, 12:39 AM
She should start by cleaning her backyard before she becomes a moral leader of women tennis.:p

alias
Nov 6th, 2007, 12:44 AM
sure justine....

lightningquick
Nov 6th, 2007, 12:58 AM
She should start by cleaning her backyard before she becomes a moral leader of women tennis.:p

but where will she place the carcasses of the players she annihilated???? :confused: :wavey:

allhingis
Nov 6th, 2007, 01:25 AM
She should start by cleaning her backyard before she becomes a moral leader of women tennis.:p

Her backyard is not that clean, since the hand incident and retiring from AO 2006 final, plus excessive on court coaching

Martian Jeza
Nov 6th, 2007, 06:27 AM
Yeah right, as if Henin was the right person to give such comments. She should stop thinking she's the center of the world and acting like an angel she's not and never will be.

smashi
Nov 6th, 2007, 08:21 AM
Yeah right, as if Henin was the right person to give such comments. She should stop thinking she's the center of the world and acting like an angel she's not and never will be.

:help: She's not, at the moment it seems like your favourite is. I wonder why? :lol:

Zweli
Nov 6th, 2007, 09:19 AM
Yea ,the hand incident,that was pure cheating,and she went on to claim the title, disgrace, she is the last person to talk about keeping tennis clean when she has infected it already.
How about on court coaching ,she should shut up.