Taking a close look at doping control in professional tennis. How stringent is it? We also look at other issues related to the integrity of the sport.
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Do you know if USADA's test are part of the ITF's biological passport? Or are they just regular blood test? Because, they're pretty much useless.
As far as I'm aware, the ITF operates completely independently of USADA (and vice versa, to the extent that the ITF doesn't limit USADA's ability to even test in certain circumstances, meaning at tournaments). That is to say, that I highly doubt the USADA samples will be used in conjuction with the ITF passport program.
This might sound like a dumb question. Does USADA only test American players or can they test other players playing on US soil?
@lopi: IIRC, USADA can test any foreign athlete who is present in the United States.... Not sure how much testing they do in non-US athletes, but they have the right to....
WADA Code 5.1:"Subject to the jurisdictional limitations for In-Competition Testing in Article 15.1, each National Anti-Doping Organization shall have Testing jurisdiction over all Athletes who are present in that National Anti-Doping Organization’s country."WADA Code 15.1:"However, except as otherwise provided below, only a single organization should be responsible for initiating and directing Testing during the Event Period. At International Events, the collection of Doping Control Samples shall be initiated and directed by the international organization which is the ruling body for the Event."WADA Code 15.1.1:"If an Anti-Doping Organization which is not responsible for initiating and directing Testingat an Event nevertheless desires to conduct additional Testing of Athletes at the Event during the Event Period, the Anti-Doping Organization shall first confer with the ruling body of theEvent to obtain permission to conduct, and to coordinate, any additional Testing. If the Anti-Doping Organization is not satisfied with the response from the ruling body of the Event,the Anti-Doping Organization may ask WADA for permission to conduct additional Testingand to determine how to coordinate such additional Testing. WADA shall not grant approval for such additional Testing before consulting with and informing the ruling body for the Event."
Arcus is exactly right for the "short answer." OOC tests can be conducted by USADA on any tennis player physically present in the US (per 5.1 above).The longer answer is that the ITF has sole "default" authority to test at events held in the US (during in-competition periods) per 15.1 above. Per 15.1.1 above, USADA could request permission from the ITF to test during US tournaments (in addition to whatever testing the ITF is doing at the event). If the ITF refuses to allow USADA the right to test at an event, 15.1.1 allows USADA to appeal to WADA for the right to test at that US event. All of these events I'm speaking of are solely events that have an international field (which are the only ones relevant to Lopi's question, as all international field tournaments in the US fall under the remit of the ITF). A national event would be under the sole discretion of USADA. This could perhaps create a strange circumstance for somebody playing in a national event in the US if they have dual citizenship, but I don't think that's particularly relevant for the question asked.Lastly, I apologize for the formatting of 15.1.1 above, as it doesn't copy and paste well from the Code.
National event above means a field comprised of only US competitors (ie, not the US Open).
Thanks arcus and mrn10sdave. I did enter some names who aren't American and no results were found so I guess USADA has only tested American players this year.
Without knowing whether they missed tests, whether these test were actual surprises, whether they have a therapeutic use exemption and what the actual results of the test are, it is difficult to gauge what this means. I think it's interesting that the Williams sisters got more tests than Odesnik, though.
They will probably be testing them more after they retire
In an opaque system the onus shifts.
I've been watching a lot of the world cup lately and I have my suspicions on Suarez of Uruguay as it was only 4 weeks ago he had knee surgery but he's recovered very quickly and scored 2 goals against England and played in the same intense way that he usually plays. I wonder what stuff he's been taking to heal his knee injury.
Suarez didn't do so much as captialise on two very stupid pieces of play from England. I will leave to the superior defense of Italy in a crunch game to make my judgement.
Well, he didn't do much against Italy today however, he has found himself in yet another biting controversy and it makes me wonder if his behaviour is due to drugs or does he just have behavioural problems. After all, the majority of the THASP readers think that Serena's outburst in the 2009 US Open was a 'roid rage
Suarez just comes across to me as a deeply unstable, unpleasant personality with the now three-times biting, the nutty antics and the persistently nasty racism.Anything is possible, whether he is using drugs or is just a behavioral mess.
Who gives a shit if he is "racist". The only people who care about that are genetically inferior SWPLs that wouldn't last a week in any prison.
One more proof that racists tend to mentally ill and unstable. Just seeing Suarez not being able to control himself makes me wonder how the like minded would be behaving behind closed doors; possibly eating wood and stuff around them. Pretty sad but as long as they usually seem to have some ill-minded pride to back it up, who cares?
Thanks for sharing.You could replace FIFA with ITF and you would be forgiven for mixing the two... Gullible fans will keep on marveling at the exploits of their favourite "all natural" best players ever. As the namesake of one of the posters here say, it is indeed the Golden age of drugs/doping.
My ears are burning.
FIFA is a huge joke.
So now that we know that the AFLD were not allowed to drug test players at Roland Garros. I presume it will be the same for UKAD at Wimbledon?
I guess we'll see how far certain players get. And draw our conclusions from that.
Doesn't look like UKAD is involved or at least for certain players. The draw looks really easy for "humble bull" & even Murray. Djoker looks like he has the hardest draw. Fixed draws, match fixing, looking the other way with money making dopers, etc., etc.
Oh, & how bout that uncle Toni with secretive signaling, illegal coaching.
Looking closely at the draws of the three main slams those last years, Djokovic had almost always the hardest draw. It seems as you suggest that he doesn't make enough money comparing to his main opponents.
Ever since the players whined about AFLD at the 2009 Roland Garros, they haven't done the tests. Wimbledon probably doesn't want UKAD anywhere near the tournament since the likelihood of someone big getting caught increases.
Yep, it seems it's all done by the ITF at Wimbledon as well: http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/ukad-on-itf-testing-protocol.htmlIf they were really serious about catching and penalizing drug cheats they would give ASADA, AFLD, UKAD and the USADA free reign at slams and let them carry out testing, but obviously they're not.
Murray's opponents are a joke so far
I hear u loud & clear. The way the draw is set up this year, they (ITF, ATP, sponsors, blah, blah, blah) are looking for a Murray/Nadal final. The Brits want it & there' s lots of money to be made from it. Djoker's shoulder scare made that reality one step closer to happening, although he claims Itz fine.
Yes it really seems as though the powers that be in Tennis do the maximum to promote a Murray/Nadal final for the huge cash it will generate.
I just don't see it. Murray was the only big four to meet a seed in the 3rd round, and a recent winner on grass as well. From here to get through to the final he's set to meet seeds 20, 11 and 1, all with proven grass pedigree. That's as tough as any draw.
In fact, if Ferrer and Fognini hadn't been knocked out Murray would be set to meet seeds 16, 7 and 1. As it is anyway Dimitrov is probably more dangerous on grass than Ferrer given the year he's been having and his recent win at Queens. Either way you look at it, hardly seems like its a draw engineered to promote a desired outcome...
Don't think u should go by seed # b/c it matters more who is in form. Ferrer has not been in good form & Fognini is inconsistent in Slams. Besides dimitrov, who is only recently doing well but not much slam experience, I don't see anyone until the semis challenging Murray. Now take a look at djoker's draw in comparison to Murray---Stepanek is in form (although I'm questioning @ 35y/o how is he still playing incredible tennis), Simon's no joke, Tsonga, Cilic but could have been Berdych all before meeting Murray in semis. This encourages Murray to be fresher. Just my opinion, but it seems obvious the powers above want Murray.
Nadal's draw is even easier than Murray. The odds of a programmed Nadal-Murray final are extremely high : a tired and unconfident Djokovic will lose to Murray, and I think its not even necessary to talk about the obvious result of the Federer-Nadal semi...Not to speak about the fact that the mere presence of Fed and Djoke in the semis is far from certain.
I just feel the way the draws are done based on seedings means there's very little manoeuvrability to fix it. Murray is either going to be in Novak's half or Nadal's and he draws Novak who is arguably the tougher prospect on grass. Of the four 1/4 final prospects there's little to pick between seeds 5-8 and I don't know if you can say that Ferrer is a better draw than Berdych. I'd probably prefer Raonic out of that grouping. Going further down, agree that Tsonga was probably the one to avoid from the next eight down but then he's been out of sorts this year. Not sure that avoiding Tsonga is a sign of a rigged draw. First/second round was kind but most are at that stage. Who knows though, I wouldn't be that surprised but it does seem to even out. Fed had a good draw at the French. Murray didn't start his US Open defence until the wednesday night after some players were already in the 3rd round. Nadal had a cakewalk at the US Open but tougher Wimbledon.
"Nadal had a cakewalk at the US Open" : I am wondering last time Djokovic had a cakewalk draw in any of the three main slams. It must be quite a long time ago. Nadal on the other hand has a cakewalk at the very least once a year in the same slams.
"and I think its not even necessary to talk about the obvious result of the Federer-Nadal semi"I think you're an idiot and should shut your mouth. The last time Nadal beat Federer on grass was Wimbledon 2008. Think about that.
Ok mister Troll supreme, lets wait till next Friday. I am wondering if you will dare to show up then to spit your usual non sense.And by the way moron, Wimbledon 2008 was also the last time they met on grass so Nadal obviously couldn't have beaten Fed since on this surface.You really like to make a fool of yourself ...
Question: is the troll "Tommy Hass" really only 13 - or is that just his mental age?
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Funny how Nadal drops the first set against each of his opponents so far, while looking uncertain and beatable, and then, on cue - usually sometime in the second set- he is suddenly transformed into a completely different player; faster, more powerful, and never missing no matter how stretched. It leaves his hapless opponents blinking at the how Clark Kent has suddenly disappeared to be replaced by the Caped Wonder. If I didn't know better I might think the injections he takes before the match have had a delayed effect.Murray continues the defensive formula of the best of Spain, seen also in Djokovic - and the surprisingly scrawny Frenchman Simon in his match against the Serb - where players who camp in the back court are able to frustrate and defeat the biggest hitters and most aggressive of opponents. It won't be grass-court tennis that wins Wimbledon. Doped defense trumps all-comers now, on all surfaces. Grass might as well be clay.
U make a good point. I was thinking Nadal drops first set purposely so he doesn't look like a Beast on his least suitable surface, thus drawing less attention to obvious doping. It is a shame that this type of tennis is so prevalent now & ruining the beauty of the game.
I don't think he drops the first set on purpose. Nadal was breadsticked in the first set of the 2006 RG final and then he turned around and thrashed Federer. Nadal starts nervously and ups his level as the match wears on.
So he gets less nervous once he starts losing? An unusual player.
LOL Nadal is indeed an out of this world player in many areas
He also usually gets more nervous against lower ranker players.
"I don't think he drops the first set on purpose. Nadal was breadsticked in the first set of the 2006 RG final and then he turned around and thrashed Federer."I know this will blow your mediocre mind, but "thrashing" isn't synonyous with "beating". He didn't thrash Federer in any way or shape. One could argue that that was Federer's fault.
Yes Richard, exactly like in the FO final. Nadal looked beatable till the end of the second set and then we know from then on how easily he beat Djokovic. Many of Nadal's slams matches follow this script.I am afraid that the Beast will win his 15th grand slam next week.
So... has the unthinkable happened? Has Thugrena stopped doping? Hahahahahahahaha.
I wish!Unfortunately her streak as the world's oldest #1 will continue at least through the US Open. She still has a big lead in rankings points.If she loses the title she's defending there, maybe her major wins are indeed over.
Hey guys, I had posted this a few weeks ago also. ShoveThatBallDownYourThroaterina had made a statement that she will fortunate if she can win one more slam before retiring. Now, why would superwoman get that sinking feeling unless someone took away her superpower inducing cape?
And yes, I believe that may actually be the case.
I called her a thug because she threatened the lineswoman at the US Open, so that's what she is. Then when on 'probation' she tried to bully and intimidate Asderaki against Stosur. Never once did I mention her colour and I take offence to being branded a racist. But Willytards have always been vile people, then again to like Serena, I suppose you have to be.
Serena isn't from Compton or the 'Ghetto' anyway. She's from Florida and a middle class background. But why let the facts ruin the 'Hollywood fairytale'.
So at least there was one good result today: Serena is out. Now if only Nadal could follow suit.
I just hope it doesn't mean Shriekapova is going to win
In one way Itz good Serena's out, means she's laying off the juice---possibly from fear of being tested. But it looks like another slam win is going to the dynamic duo, Shriekapova (like that name u gave her) & Humble Beast
Yeah, the Roiding Bull is looking like a safe bet to make the finals.
Loses sets left and right. Safe bet. Sure.
So about that bet: how much did you lose? :)
hehehe! I'm glad I lost, that you can safely bet on. ;-)
Does anybody else think that the scheduling AFTER the rain delay yesterday was atrocious? The Nishikori/Bolelli match has to finish on Monday, but at least they got on court and had a reasonable chance to finish the match (making it all the way to mid-way through the 5th set).It's one thing when you have a lot of rain during the week and it's difficult to manage. In this particular case, there were only TWO 3rd round men's matches that didn't get on the court. That's completely unfair to those four players (and easily preventable). One of them will come through to the quarters and likely play Federer while playing a full match on their 3rd consecutive day. That's inexcusable. There were plenty of courts available after the rain stopped. Those two 3rd round matches should've been put on immediately when the rain stopped, even if it meant displacing a junior or doubles match that had already started. It's really bizarre in my opinion. Now you wind up with a junior draw where a handful of players have an advantage by completing a match on a day when the majority of the field didn't, AND a main draw where FOUR players are at an extreme disadvantage relative to the rest of the field.
Yeah it was totally messed up. I can't believe after all the years of rain delays that they don't have a proper system in place. Makes zero sense to me. I believe everything they do is orchestrated to give Murray the edge. I'm sure they want a Murray/Nadal final. I'm sure they think this time (their 4th meeting at Wimbledon) Murray is the better grass player and will win. I'm not so sure.
Any chance Raonic can beat Nadal?
Nope. Hope I'm wrong.
This is worth a read. It's UCIs description of how they have tried to ramp up the fight against doping over the last 10 years... Lot's of factual content. http://t.co/SHzGz9SWRq
Yet it wasn't the UCI who caught Armstrong. It was the USADA.
The ultra-wealthy grand slam tournaments constrain the funds available to the ITF to prevent anything approaching the pro-cycling programme to be applied to tennis. Cloaked in maximum secrecy and minimum transparency, the tennis programme bears more resemblance to Ricci Bitti and Stuart Miller playing doctors and nurses together than it is to a serious attempt to catch tennis dopers and their enablers.
Not bad for an absolute skillness guyhttp://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2114433-rafael-nadal-and-fellow-pros-juggle-with-rackets-in-new-babolat-commercialsWonder which the undetectable miraculous 'fuel' he is using to achieve it...
What does juggling have to do with anything?
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