The following players were listed with an Out-of-Competition test for which there was a zero in each testing column (urine, blood, EPO):
1. Griffioen, Jiske 21/03/2009
2. Moya, Carlos 16/05/2009
3. Benneteau, Julien 20/05/2009
4. Karlovic, Ivo 31/05/2009
5. Stubbs, Rennae 12/06/2010
6. Nadal, Rafael 14/06/2009
7. Bolelli, Simone 15/06/2009
8. Williams, Serena 16/06/2009
9. Williams, Venus 16/06/2009
10. Acasuso, Jose 17/06/2009
11. Gravellier, Florence 18/06/2009
12. Mauresmo, Amelie 01/07/2009
13. Mathieu, Paul-Henri 07/07/2009
14. Sharapova, Maria 09/07/2009
15. Simon, Gilles 09/07/2009
16. Nestor, Daniel 15/07/2009
17. Vaidisova, Nicole 24/07/2009
18. Roddick, Andy 15/08/2009
19. Walraven, Sharon 18/08/2009
20. Huber, Liezel 24/08/2009
21. Del Potro, Juan Martin 26/08/2009
22. Hantuchova, Daniela 26/08/2009
23. Pous-Tio, Laura 29/08/2009
24. Cirstea, Sorana 14/09/2009
25. Wawrinka, Stanislas 15/09/2009
26. Anderrson, Johan 19/09/2009
27. Ferrer, David 22/09/2009
28. Jankovic, Jelena 22/09/2009
29. Ancic, Mario 23/09/2009
30. Black, Cara 18/10/2009
31. Raymond, Lisa 19/10/2009
32. Federer, Roger 28/10/2009
33. Pironkova, Tszvetana 31/10/2009
34. Wozniak, Aleksandra 01/11/2009
35. Andreev, Igor 11/11/2009
36. Chakvetadze, Anna 12/11/2009
37. Nieminen, Jarkko 14/11/2009
38. Tursunov, Dmitry 14/11/2009
39. Lopez, Feliciano 16/11/2009
40. Peer, Shahar 17/11/2009
41. Bhupathi, Mahesh 21/11/2009
42. Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia 22/11/2009
43. Wozniacki, Caroline 23/11/2009
44. Fish, Mardy 24/11/2009
45. Querrey, Sam 24/11/2009
46. Bartoli, Marion 01/12/2009
47. Simon, Gilles 08/12/2009
48. Kohlschreiber, Philipp 21/12/2009
49. Koellerer, Daniel 30/12/2009
When asked about the triple zero entries the ITF responded:
The results you are referring to were missions that resulted, for whatever reason, in no sample being collected.
The ITF then replaced the document above, with this one. The triple zero entries are removed. In place of the missing tests the document states that: "a further 49 out-of-competition missions were conducted where where no sample was collected. These included missions that were conducted outside the player's nominated 60 minute time-slot, or where the athlete was unavailable."
The question is: Why were the atheletes unavailable (or whatever other reason no sample was collected)? Why did the ITF pull the original document and then replace it with a version where the no sample missions are deleted? How many times did this happen in 2008 and 2010? Why has the ITF stopped publishing testing statistics that indicate when a specific player was tested?
The media coverage on this? Still waiting. There are a lot of top players on this list, why has the media shown no interest?
In the United Kingdom, there is currently a controversy swirling around the at issue are the transparency, narcotics use, out-of-competition drug testing, and (surprise!) secret suspensions within the Football Association. Who knew that such things could take place?
David Howman, director general of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), has commented on the situation. Here is what he said:
"Why does there have to be so much secrecy? When sports people get involved with substances that are ordinarily part of a criminal justice programme, what is so special about sport that it ought not to come into the public arena?"
"There will of course be times when revealing a player's identity might seriously compromise his rehabilitation, particularly if he has a serious drug addiction or a medical condition. I accept the need for confidentiality in such cases."
"But in such a circumstance, why not announce the positive drug test, then publish a statement explaining why the player has not been named? If you are going to withhold a player's identity, then you should at least provide the justification."
"The FA should not allow a perfectly good programme to be tainted by secrecy. If a player needs to be protected, then give us the reason why. Don't give the public the chance to suspect the worst."
Truer words were never spoken. I trust that Mr. Howman will say the same thing to the ITF, regarding its anti-doping programme.