Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Tennis: Timeline (Update #1)

For journalists:

2006: Reported that Dr. Luis García del Moral affliated with the TenisVal Tennis Academy. (Google Translation)

2007: Reported that Dr. del Moral working with Dinara Safina. (Google Translation)

2009: Dr. del Moral appears as a panelist (see the program) at the Spanish Tennis Federation's 1st Iberoamerican Congress of Tennis Coaches held in Valencia, Spain.

June 2012: Dr. del Moral reported as a member of Sara Errani's team. (Google translation)

June 2012: Dr. del Moral's Valencia clinic makes a blog post congratulating Errani for making the Roland Garros final. (Google translation)

June 2012: Errani's brother (and manager), Davide, denies that Dr. del Moral is Sara's doctor, stating that she saw Dr. del Moral once for a cardiac exam because her regular doctor was unavailable. (Google translation) This story was also reported by the Wall Street Journal.

August 2012: ITF press release recognizing USADA ban states "Dr Garcia del Moral practices sports medicine in Valencia, Spain, and in that capacity has worked in the past with various tennis players."

September 2012: At the US Open, Sara Errani states "He was the best doctor in Valencia for everything, so I have been working with him of course."

Here are two links to the TenisVal Academy: (1) players who have trained there (e.g., Ferrer, Kirilenko, Andreev, Errani, Safina); and (2) the technical team.

You're welcome.

Update #1:

Breaking news on Dr. Michele Ferrari: "Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has lifted the lid on the financial aspects of the Padua doping investigation, suggesting that Italian and Swiss police have uncovered a huge system of money laundering and fraud linked to a doping ring involving 20 professional riders and athletes from triathlon and biathlon."


  1. I'm not a journalist, but I have a question. If he was the best doctor in Valencia for everything, then why did she only use him for one cardiac exam?

    Come on, people. This isn't that hard to follow up on. It's the type of contradictory information that journalists love to pin people down on when journalists actually care about a topic.

    Next press conference: After the French Open your brother said that your only connection to del Moral was one cardiac exam while your doctor was unavailable. At the US Open, you said that you have worked with del Moral in the past, because he is the best (sports medicine) doctor in Valencia. Can you explain why your brother said you only had one interaction with del Moral, when that's clearly not the case?

    1. It should be easy to follow up actually! For convenietly, there is a tournament taking place in Valencia in about four days!

      I am sure that timeline could be of help, no?

      Journalists (I hesitate to call them such) might as well use that occasion to talk about del Moral, Valencia's local fitness guru and go-to doctor for everything!

      Also, will del Moral be allowed onto the compound, I wonder?

      Will there be some general investigation by Spanish authorities into what excatly he did at TenisVal? Who else works there and what do they do?

      How does the local scene feel about that doctor in general?

      How do the Spanish players in general feel about those revelations that the UASAD has brought about? Could they imagine that, say, their own federation would be part in a cover-up, like the UCI had been for years?

      How many backdated TUE has del Moral issued for tennis?

      Maybe some journalist covering the event finds some extra time in between watching Ferrer, Almagro, Verdasco, Lopez, Ferrero and eating tapas to start talking to some folks and begins to take a closer look...

    2. She's obviously trying to distance herself from the controversy. As always we have to wait for the real evidence to be sure. To me it seems really obvious, but what can you do?

    3. Gazzetta reveals scale of doping and money laundering under Dr Ferrari

      Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has lifted the lid on the financial aspects of the Padua doping investigation, suggesting that Italian and Swiss police have uncovered a huge system of money laundering and fraud linked to a doping ring involving 20 professional riders and athletes from triathlon and biathlon.

      The two-page report by experienced journalist Luigi Perna claims that the two-year Padua investigation is the biggest anti-doping investigation in the history of sport, much bigger than Operacion Puerto.

    4. Don't forget potential tax evasion was involved. Obviously, no mention of Lance was made, and we don't know his exact involvement in any of this. I'm not saying that he did, but if I were Lance I'd be extremely concerned if I had done anything associated with moving money around that could potentially be linked to tax evasion or money laundering. The audit process for high net worth individuals isn't a simple process, especially when they probably had a bunch of straight cash flying around at times. As long as the process is cordial, and somebody is running a charity for cancer patients, the tone of the audit would probably be to reach some sort of agreement for any delinquency as though it was an "honest" mistake. Once somebody begins to be portrayed in a different light, those investigations into tax issues can take on a different tack.

      Look at the recent collapse of online poker in the US. Our government is acting righteous about protecting citizens from the evils of online gaming, but really it's about protecting US interests and finding a way monetize the revenues (taxes, etc.). Separate US poker sites are already starting to pop up under US regulation. The US government couldn't find a good way to shut out the industry in the US, so what did they do? They added language to a bill so that they could get at fund transfers related to poker sites (made it illegal for US banks to accept money from those sites) in the name of protecting us poor citizens from the terrorist money laundering plots executed through poker sites. The sites were forced to create transactions to make it look like they were paying for 4,000 golf balls when they were really just paying out funds to a player. Then the US government considered those payments to be fraudulent when the only reason for the necessity of fraudulent payment was that the US government had created an environment where legal fund transfer was impossible.

      The point is that governments always use a "follow the money" approach to accomplish things they can't otherwise sort out. Ask Al Capone? I'd rather have the US government coming after me for murder than tax evasion or money laundering issues.

  2. Nike Drops Armstrong

  3. Jon Wertheim breaks open the USADA Decision's implications for tennis:

    1. Do you think he inserted that paragraph just to mock us?

    2. No.

      Maybe this one (see the last question):

    3. The informational value of that Wertheim paragraph equals zero.

      He is like, yeah, I gave it some thought and then some more, but not too much though, and yeah, like better not neglect that USADA did say summin' or other about some hypoxic chamber!

      If this is how far his reasoning faculty took him when contemplating the (highly likely)possibility of doping in tennis and the actual range of that USADA report, I fear the worst.

      Clearly, he is a complete idiot! He seem to have lost his last (two) marbles, no doubt!

  4. Just wanted to point out that Amer Delic's tweet about doping has yet to disappear. Not that it won't, or that this means much, but I think it's important to be honest about all of this doping conspiracy jazz.

  5. Sadly, when it comes to doping/cheating in sports and ..., Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Hispania. It's mind blowing! What is the probability (P) that, just at this point, all evidence against LA as a doper and illegal PEDs dealer is dismissed, all charges are dropped, he is appointed as Republican candidate to the US Senate for the State of Texas, eventually he is elected, later on he campaigns all over the country for the reelection of the current president of US Cycling Federation and, for the pride of the nation, he rides the cycling men's road race at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? In Hispania P=1, already happened. Just change LA's name by Marta Domínguez, USADA case vs LA by Operación Galgo, Republican Party by Partido Popular (current ruling party in Spain), US Senate by Senado de España, US Cycling Federation by Federación Española de Atletismo, cycling road race by 3000 meters steeplechase and Rio de Janeiro 2016 by London 2012. C'mon, and you have nothing better to do than fiddling around with some petty accusations against those really nice chaps Nadal and Ferrer? Lol!

  6. "Is tennis doing enough on doping?"

    Finally the journos are paying attention.

    I like the line he chose to end on:
    "Pound said the ultimate question is whether the ITF's program, and others like it, "are actually designed to succeed or designed to fail and merely cover their butts.""