This post on doping control is an exercise in simplicity. I use only screen captures of publicly available ITF and WTA documents to drive home how it easy is blow apart the idea that tennis has a "stringent" anti-doping regime. The 2012 WTA Memphis event takes place next week. So, let's look at the 2009 edition that took place from February 15 to February 22 of that year, and featured doping controls. A total of 20 controls occurred over February 16 and 17. Here is a screen capture of those controls from the ITF's 2009 Anti-Doping Report:
|Samples taken at WTA Memphis 2009|
Michaella Krajicek was tested on February 17, 2009. Krajicek was eliminated in the quarterfinals on February 19, 2009. Why is that significant? First, of course, the last test of the tournament was conducted on February 17, so it's clear that no tests were conducted for any of matches in the quarters, semis, or the final. However, take a look at Krajicek's fellow quarterfinalists. Here they are courtesy of a screen capture of the draw sheet from the WTA website:
|How many of the quarterfinalists were tested?|
The other quarterfinalists were: Azarenka, Erakovic, Keothavong, Lisicki, Parmentier, Safarova, and Wozniacki. Now check their names against the doping control list. None of them were tested.
There you have it: A tournament (32-player draw) with doping control, where seven out of the eight quarterfinalists (including the eventual champion) never got tested.
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