Thursday, September 15, 2011

The List (Updated #2)

In 2010, the ITF posted this document.

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?

UPDATE:

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.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for bringing this up again. It's amazing (not) that the tennis journalists barely discussed this very damning document. Nothing to see, move a long....

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  2. Simply amazing that no tennis journalist or even investigative journalist seems to care about this. The only answer is that they could care less, otherwise someone would be discussing this somewhere.

    Now is the ITF supposed to be giving any drug testing result documents to WADA or the Olympic Committee? After all, since tennis is an Olympic sport you'd think they have to comply with IOC and/or WADA doping regulations? Do they (IOC and WADA) get the full documentation or do they get the edited versions?

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  3. The other question should be: Why nadal after the missed test litterally disappeared from the tennis scene for some months? He lost in Roland Garros with the excuse of a knee injury noone noticed... He withdrew from Wimbledon and other important tournaments and came back in September having lost muscles and weight... and of course was not able to win until PRP treatment in 2010! Are these facts somehow related?

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  5. I can't recall WADA ever going after tennis officials (if they have I stand corrected). They've gone after cycling, track and field and other sports for lack of transparecy but they seem to remain silent about tennis. WTF is up with that?

    @Canguretto:
    I can't speak for anyone else on this site, but I agree with you that is awfully suspicious that Rafa missed that test. And I sure as hell don't buy the knee injury excuse he used to skip Wimbledon, especially since he played exos with Wawrinka right before the tournament began and was seen practicing by other people. Yet the media and most fans just accepted the knee injury excuse with no questions asked.

    Then he gets PRP treatment and magically has a career year in 2010. I think the dots are easy to connect.

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  6. It's also suspicious how Del Potro missed a test right before the USO that year,and then played the best tennis of his life there. Didn't Soderling also miss a test that year during RG? Very strange stuff,indeed.

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  7. I don't know how many times the adolescents on the tennis forums have said "Nadal is washed up". I shake my head everytime I hear it (knowing darned well there will be a future "rejuvenation" in his game).

    90% of the reason that Nadal lost to Djokovic in the 2011 USO final was the loss of his serve speed (about 10 mph comparing the two finals). If he can gain it, then lose it, then he can gain it again (becaise it is obvious that it is being artificially manipulated).

    Don't count out Nadal in 2012. It is an olympic year and I suspect the 2008 and 2010 Nadal will be back, trying for the "Golden Slam". That 2010 USO serve that has gone missing for a year, will be back at strategic times in 2012.

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  8. I watched the Dispatches documentary with great interest and couldn't believe how many parallels there were with drug testing in tennis. I will e-mail Channel 4 and express my desire for them to look into the ITF's Anti-Doping programme.

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  9. "I don't know how many times the adolescents on the tennis forums have said "Nadal is washed up"."
    He is. Just as washed up as Roger was when he lost to Nadal several times. If there's someone who beats you that often, it's a clear sign that you are not undisputed sovereign any more.

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  10. I see Dopervic is too exhausted to play DC. He must need to boost back up for the fall/winter tournies coming up this year. His fake patriotism puts me off to say the least. Every single thing about him smacks of distrust and phoniness. Shady is the word that describes him perfectly.

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  11. @clark well we'll see about Dopervic. He may actually need to play a rubber on Sunday if his teammates can't close the deal. It may put a crimp in his "schedule".

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  12. I wish Clark/DisgruntledCommenter would stop insulting our intelligence by claiming to be two separate commenters. You just put in two comments 11 minutes apart.

    These pro-Nadal comments always come in, in bunches around the same time of day.

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  13. Here we go again with the bullshit. Yourfavdopes,I AM NOT DISGRUNTLEDCOMMENTER,YOU FUCKING MORON! I am sick of being accused of being other people on here. There has to be a way to prove that we are not the same person via ip address or something. These dumbasses like the poster above just get this site off track as to what we should be focusing on. If it were possible,anyone who starts shit like this should have their ass banned. Enough is enough.

    Oh,and where the fuck did I defend Nadal in my post? I guess it's just perfectly ok for Delpo to miss that test right before he went on to play the best tennis of his life because he beat Nadal badly in the semis there,huh? Soderling,too gets a pass because he beat Nadal at RG,right? Dipshit logic if there ever was any. Nobody should be immune to being called out for doping,even if they did beat up on the player you hate the most. A doper is a doper,and they are all ruining tennis and should be nailed to the wall for it.

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  14. "I wish Clark/DisgruntledCommenter would stop insulting our intelligence by claiming to be two separate commenters."
    Don't worry. I won't restrain you from insulting your intelligence by wishing things like that.
    Oh, and I have a side note for the less intellectual visitors of this blog (I am sure all those really intelligent people with addiction to equally real tennis already know the following):
    Intelligence is overrated 'cause it opens up your mind to realize the limits of the very same.

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  15. @Canguretto

    QUOTE: Why nadal after the missed test litterally disappeared from the tennis scene for some months? He lost in Roland Garros with the excuse of a knee injury noone noticed... He withdrew from Wimbledon and other important tournaments and came back in September having lost muscles and weight... and of course was not able to win until PRP treatment in 2010! Are these facts somehow related?

    Umm...ok...so let's see how they could possibly be related: Rafa failed a drugs test and was secretly banned from competing. He had to throw his match against Soderling to cover for his secret forced withdrawal. He was banned from entering Wimbledon that year. So he had to pretend he was too injured to compete, when in reality he was perfectly healthy. Rafa then took part in a minor tournament (which apparently was not subject to his secret drugs ban) just to make his fake injury excuse even more believable(!).

    Now that he had established the PERFECT alibi, he confirmed his withdrawal from Wimbledon. During the summer, he lost weight and muscles because the muscles were caused by his doping, and the secret ATP ban insisted he stopped doping, so he lost muscle mass. When the ban was over, he came back and played poorly because he was no longer doping. The PRP treatment in 2010 was nothing but a secret cover for the reintroduction of his doping regime. Even though he didn't regain the muscle mass, he was clearly doping because he started winning again, and he can only win with dope.

    How about a more sensible explanation: Rafa has had chronic tendinitis and problems with his knees for years due to his excessive running and practising. You can see the evidence stretching back from 2006 at least. He started off having to wear thin support bands, then thicker ones, until eventually they did no good at all. And he started off having to take smaller breaks from the season, then having to miss the year end finals, until at last his knees attacked him in the clay season.

    He lost to Soderling on his best surface at his best tournament. He then had to rest up and hoped to enter Wimbledon. He tried testing the knees out in practice and in a minor tournament against Stan, but the pain was too much to let him move as he normally did, and so he lost to Stan. The decision was then taken by his team not to risk permanent damage to his knees in Wimbledon. During the layover, his team worked on adapting Rafa's game to make it easier for his knees. He lost weight and muscle as a sideeffect of not training but also deliberately to make him lighter on his knees. He came back and played poorly due to lack of practice and the nagging injury. His special treatment and the changes made to his game have made it easier to manage his tendinitis (it is incurable afaik), so after a while he was able to play better and win.

    My explanation isn't quite as sensationalist as the one you are touting for, but it has far fewer gaps in reasoning, so I think I'll stick to it. Sorry if it's not the one you are wanting to hear.

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  16. @ Tavi: I don't want to have the universal truth about it, you can stick on your theory as well as I'm sticking on mine... I only want to point it out that is a curious coincidence since playing 2 (good) exhibition matches the week before Wimbledon against in form players like Hewitt and Wawrinka is more stressing than entering a minor grass tournament where you could play lower ranked players... Why such decision unless you're aiming to avoid anti-doping test?

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  17. What exactly is this document, a record of missed tests (since 0s are figuring in every blood and EPO test) or of records of all out-of-competition tests? If it is the latter, why isn't Djokovic on the list?

    What gets me is how no one has brought up why Federer missed a test, why there are 0s in the blood and EPO columns (does this mean that these tests have been missed as well?) and why a prominent name like Djokovic's isn't on this list? What does that mean, that Djokovic hasn't missed missed a test or that for some mysterious reason, his name isn't on the list?

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  18. Sharapova is the 6 foot tall daughter of two smaller than average people. Of course it's not HGH. At least, not anymore.

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