"For years, I took a backseat to no one, unfortunately, in being seduced by tennis' anti-doping efforts...
"Today, we know the flaws. We know about the lack of funding. The absence of a biological passport. The indefensible paucity of out-of-competition testing. The litany of PEDs that can't be detected without more extensive and expensive screening. So the perception is that the mechanism is broken. Players are getting away with cheating. The administrators are toothless, gutless and turning a blind eye. And the truth -- whatever it may be -- doesn't much matter at this point...Wertheim is even critical of the section on doping he wrote for his book ""Strokes of Genius."
"..."I've never failed a test" now ranks among the most meaningless phrases in the sports lexicon."
Give it a read.
At this point, most of the mainstream tennis media has now acknowledged that the ITF's anti-doping efforts are ineffective at best.
The question remains whether the ITF will initiate any real change.
In other news, Simon Cambers over at The Tennis Space has two very interesting interviews.
The first interview is with Patrick Mouratoglou, who coaches Serena Williams. He states: "I don’t believe there are drugs in tennis. I mean, there are cheats everywhere in the world but for me it’s very rare in tennis and I can explain it for one reason. Cycling and running are performance sports. The only thing that counts is the physical performance, so the added value of drugs is unbelievable. In tennis, the physical performance is one of about 20 parameters that make a player good."
The second interview is with David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He states: "You can’t tell me that a player who is out there for five and a half hours couldn’t benefit from a little micro-dosing of EPO."
Cambers deserves a lot of praise for being one of the most aggressive journalists in asking questions about doping in tennis. He has posed questions to many in the tennis establishment, including Stuart Miller, Andy Murray, and Pat Cash.