The paltry $1.65 million anti-doping budget needs a big boost. A more appropriate budget would be around $5 million to $6 million, which would get it close to the budget of cycling. Given the significant increases we've seen in prize money this year, increasing the anti-doping budget to the level I've suggested is a modest goal. The ITF achieve this increase by getting sponsors as well as top-tier and Grand Slam events to invest more money into the anti-doping program.
Ramp-up out-of-competition tests: In 2011, the ITF conducted only 216 out-of-competition tests. At the very least, this number needs to be increased by a factor of five (if not more). Top tennis players must be tested out-of-competition at least 4 times a year (i.e., a sample collected once per quarter). The current regime of allowing players to go years without an OOC test is a sham. For comparison purposes, even this increase would put the ITF well below cycling, which conducted 5,699 OOC tests in 2011 (and 13,144 total anti-doping tests).
Target out-of-competition tests to breaks in the schedule, off-season, players training in countries with weak doping control regimes, intelligence gathered from other anti-doping organizations, and the criteria in the WADA's International Standard for Testing.
Ramp-up blood tests significantly: In 2011, the ITF took only 21 out-of-competition blood samples. They took 110 in-competition blood tests. How many blood tests should be collected? In 2011, about 40% of all cycling doping controls were blood tests (60% of OOC tests), so let's go with those numbers.
Adopt the biological passport.
In-competition testing at Grand Slam events should include: off-day testing, winner-targeted testing at early rounds, test all players for quarterfinals and beyond.
Always test for synthetic testosterone.
Ramp-up EPO & HGH testing.
Conduct testing at all Masters/Premier-level tournaments.
Collaborate with national anti-doping organizations (e.g., allow organizations to conduct supplementary controls if they make a request to do so).
Increase transparency of the program: announce provisional suspensions, publish missed test statistics, publish exoneration decisions, publish the number of therapeutic use exemptions granted, and return to the detailed statistical reporting used from 2006 through 2009.
Put qualified and committed people in charge of the tennis anti-doping program.
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