Thursday, February 4, 2016

2015 ITF Anti-doping Statistics: Per Player

There are a lot of nobodies on the list. This appears to be indicative of the ITF's strategy to expand the testing pool rather than focusing on the top 100 players. This is consistent with the recent spate of anti-doping violations coming from Futures tournaments rather than the main tour.

For example, Novak Djokovic was tested in-competition between 4 and 6 times in 2015. During that year, he won 11 titles. I would assume that 4 of those in-competition tests occurred at the Grand Slams, meaning that he was tested at a maximum of 2 Masters tournaments, if he had any further in-competition tests that year. He won 6 Masters titles in 2015.

Friday, January 22, 2016

UKAD: "Something doesn’t feel right.”

UKAD chief executive, Nicole Sapstead: "I think it’s foolish for any sport to think that they’re immune from doping, I really do. You’ve got a sport that commands huge salaries – players command huge salaries – there’s huge television rights. There’s a lot to be gained from doping, irrespective of looking at the physiological requirements of the game itself. Look at how the game is played, the recovery rate with injuries. Football, tennis, other sports: something doesn’t feel right.”

Monday, January 18, 2016

Match-fixing...?

So, here' a link to the BuzzFeed on match-fixing in tennis.

Here's a link to the leaked PowerPoint presentation.

....and here's a piece from 2011.

I'm sure tennis will get to the root of the problem with the same rigor with which they have pursued anti-doping...

LOL.