Friday, August 15, 2014

Just in Time for the US Open: Biogenesis & Odesnik

Courtesy of Jon Wertheim:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bradley Mousley

An interesting anti-doping case involving a top Australian junior tennis player has been leaked. Read the story here.

The drug in question is ecstasy, but the timelines are more important:

1. Tested positive from a sample collected on March 30, 2014.

2. (Provisional) suspension started in May. The story doesn't actually specify a provisional suspensions, but that's really the only option prior to a Tribunal decision. He missed the junior French Open and Wimbledon as a result.

3. Tribunal hearing set for August 4, 2014.

I haven't been able to find any stories on whether he claimed an injury for pulling out of the junior Grand Slam tournament. If anyone finds any, please let us know

Monday, July 28, 2014

Paul Kimmage: "But f***ing tennis..."

An interview with Paul Kimmage from the Irish Post:
“Possibly, and this may sound ridiculous, cycling is one of the cleanest sports left because the controls are full on. But f***ing tennis, I find it nauseating to watch it on TV to see the McEnroes and all the commentators engage in this big love-in. And the bottom line is we are all getting rich here folks, lets not upset the apple-cart.”

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

2013 WADA Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report

Released a few days ago:
In accordance with Article 14.5 of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code), WADA, acting as a central clearinghouse for Doping Control data, annually publishes statistical reports as reported by the WADA accredited laboratories in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).
The 2013 WADA Anti-Doping Testing Figures Report is represented in four separate reports, namely Laboratory Report, Sport Report, Testing Authority Report and ABP Report-Blood Analysis, and includes analyses by WADA accredited laboratories (in 2013) for in- and out-of-competition Urine, Blood and Blood Passport testing.
Of note:

1. Table 2 of the "Testing Authority Report" (TAR) shows that, in 2013, ITF testing resulted in 2 Atypical Findings and 12 Adverse Analytical Findings. By my count, in 2013, the ITF issued 6 anti-doping violations based on its testing program (2 additional violations came from national anti-doping bodies). This leaves 6 ITF testing adverse findings unaccounted (potential reasons for the difference are the hearing is still ongoing, athlete was exonerated, or athlete had a valid therapeutic use exemption).

2. Table 12 of the TAR shows that the ITF conducted 101 Gas Chromatograph/Carbon/Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (e.g."IRMS") tests (i.e., synthetic testosterone). The samples were split 94 in-competition samples and 7 out-of-competition samples. No adverse or atypical findings.

3. Table 13 of the TAR shows the ITF conducted 123 EPO tests (112 in-comp; 11 out-of-comp). No adverse or atypical findings.

4. Table 14 of the TAR: ITF conducted 139 hGH tests (170 in-comp; 69 out-of-comp). No adverse or atypical findings.

5. Table 47 of the TAR: Shows all tests for tennis across all anti-doping authorities. The ITF conducted 73.7% of all tennis anti-doping controls.

6. Table 41 of the ABP Report: Shows blood passport testing figures for tennis. The ITF collected 263 samples (96 in-comp; 167 out-of-comp). An additional 38 passport samples were collected by other anti-doping agencies for a grand total of 301.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Paul Kimmage

In an interesting article on doping, Paul Kimmage notes a recent encounter he had with a former tennis player:
Two weeks ago, at a friend's wedding in Wicklow, I bumped into a former tennis player who would have spent the whole night talking about doping in cycling. But when I suggested his sport was possibly as bad he didn't want to know. There was nothing I could say . . . The ITF's indifference to testing; The top players' miraculous recovery rates; The cover-up of Andre Agassi's positive for methamphetamine in 1997; The association of Luis Del Moral - the Valencia-based doctor who had worked with Armstrong - with the sport; . . . to convince him.

And can you blame him? We've had wall-to-wall coverage of Wimbledon for two weeks now, and some curious games, but not once has the issue of doping been raised. Is there something inherently decent about tennis players?

Indeed. We've seen the exact same attitude from most of the tennis press.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In the news (Updated)

Some bits and pieces from the news:

"Exclusive Excerpt: How MLB let A-Rod use PEDs during '07 season"

"Chris Evert's and Pam Shriver's comments on Serena's incident"

"Martina Navratilova isn't buying Serena Williams' excuse for bizarre on-court behavior"

"Mystery of Serena Williams' Wimbledon meltdown deepens... with doubts cast over her 'viral illness' explanation"

Update: There been some comments about TUEs in tennis. I've posted about this previously, noting that in 2012, according to the ITF:
"A total of 38 Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) were granted under the TADP in 2012. The average time from receipt of a complete TUE application to a decision by the TUE Committee was 2.6 days."

Monday, June 30, 2014

Wimbledon Redemption...?

I was wondering if anyone in the tennis press would tackle this question...

Steve Tignor's take on a couple of players who are into the 2nd week of Wimbledon.

Let's say this involved 2 baseball players, or 2 cyclists: How would the tone of the piece be different?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

USADA Anti-Doping Stats: Q1 2014

Here they are. All the tests were out-of-competition:

11 Athletes Selected
22 Total Tests

Athlete Name
Test Count

Robert C Bryan

Jamie Hampton

John Isner

Madison Keys

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Christina M McHale

Wayne Odesnik

Sam Querrey

Sloane Stephens

Serena J Williams

Venus E Williams

Monday, June 9, 2014

Off The Ball

The Irish sports radio show Off The Ball talked tennis tonight, including some discussion about the anti-doping program.

Part 1: Listen starting at 53:15.

Part 2: The first 3 minutes.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Do the math

From the Roland Garros website:
The fight against drugs 
Drug-testing is carried out under the auspices of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
At the 2013 French Open, almost 200 tests were carried out on players entered in the men's and women's singles and doubles main draws as well as the qualifiers and the juniors' tournaments.
Special areas dedicated to testing are located in the players' zone near to the locker-rooms.
About 200 tests covering how many players across how many draws?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Roland Garros 2014: Do We Have a Deal?

In 2013, the French Senate released a report on doping in sport. The report was quite critical of the ITF. Of note is the following passage:
Dans ce contexte, votre commission d'enquête souhaite que l'AFLD, la FFT et le ministère mettent tout en oeuvre afin que soit conclue, dès 2014, uneconvention entre l'AFLD et la FIT permettant à l'Agence française de réaliser des contrôles à Roland-Garros et à Paris-Bercy qui, bien que coordonnés avec ceux de la fédération internationale, seraient programmés de façon autonome. La fédération française de tennis, forte de l'organisation de plusieurs événements majeurs du tennis mondial, devrait jouer un rôle moteur dans la conclusion de tels accords.
The paragraph sets out an expectation by the senate commission that the governing bodies of tennis reach and agreement with the French anti-doping authority (the AFLD), allowing the AFLD to conduct doping controls at Roland Garros and the Paris-Bercy Masters event.

The question is: Did they reach an agreement for 2014 Roland Garros?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Decision in the cases of Paco Climent Gregori and Philipp Aleksanyan

Decision in the cases of Paco Climent Gregori and Philipp Aleksanyan

Press Release
30 April 2014 – London, ENGLAND - The International Tennis Federation announced today that Paco Climent Gregori and Philipp Aleksanyan have been found to have committed Anti-Doping Rule Violations under Article 2.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample).

Mr Climent Gregori, a 16 year-old player from Spain, and Mr Aleksanyan, an 18 year-old player from Russia, provided urine samples on 8 September in association with their participation in the F30 Futures Event in Madrid, Spain. Those samples were sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and were found to contain stanozolol, which is a Prohibited Substance under section S1 (Anabolic agents) of the 2013 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods, and is therefore also prohibited under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”). Mr Climent Gregori and Mr Aleksanyan were each therefore charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme.

Both players asserted that the stanozolol, for which they did not hold a valid TUE, had entered their system through their ingestion of pills provided to them by an unidentified pharmacist whom they befriended at the Granadia Tennis Club. This assertion did not meet the preconditions of Article 10.5 of the Programme (no fault or negligence, or no significant fault or negligence). The players’ attempt to rely on Article 10.5.4 of the Programme (voluntary admission) was also rejected.

Mr Climent Gregori’s and Mr Aleksanyan’s commissions of Anti-Doping Rule Violations under Article 2.1 of the Programme were confirmed, and it was determined that they are suspended from participation for a period of two years, commencing from 5 November 2013, the date on which they were provisionally suspended, and so ending at midnight on 4 November 2015. It was also determined that both players’ results at the F30 Futures event and all subsequent events in which they competed up to 4 November 2013 should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that they won at those events.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

USADA Tennis Statistics: 2013

The USADA's 2013 anti-doping statistics are now up (all tests were out-of-competition):

10 Athletes Selected 
61 Total Tests

Athlete Name
Test Count

Michael C Bryan

Robert C Bryan

Mardy S Fish

Liezel Huber

John Isner

Wayne Odesnik

Sam Querrey

Sloane Stephens

Serena J Williams

Venus E Williams