Update #1: From Courtney Walsh of The Australian, "The explosive evidence that has outed Lance Armstrong as sport's greatest cheat is certain to make uncomfortable reading for tennis officials aware that a key participant in the scandal has links to tour stars."
The USADA's "Reasoned Decision" on the USPS doping conspiracy contains a few references to cyclings oversight body, the UCI, displaying a lack of interest in investigating potential anti-doping violations and/or ignoring whistleblowers.
Here's some excerpts:
Page 160: “In 2010 when Mr. Landis publicly raised his allegations of Mr. Armstrong’s doping, in an Associated Press article UCI President McQuaid responded before undertaking any investigation whatsoever, contending that Mr. Landis’ allegations in his April 30, 2010 email were “nothing new” and that, “he already made those accusations in the past.” Rather than investigate the allegations, instead the UCI sued Mr. Landis.”
Page 161: ‘As set forth in the affidavit of former professional cyclist Jörg Jaksche, the UCI has responded with similar disdain and disinterest towards other cyclists that have tried to bring forth evidence of the serious extent of doping within the peloton. After coming forward and admitting doping in 2007, Mr. Jaksche spoke with UCI lawyers and officials, including Mr. McQuaid, seeking to explain the level of doping that had been taking place on Team Telekom, ONCE, CSC and Liberty Seguros, however, according to Mr. Jaksche, “the UCI showed zero interest in hearing the full story about doping on these teams and did not seek to follow up with me.”’
Page 161: “Similarly, after Italian cyclist Filippo Simeoni testified regarding Dr. Ferrari’s his substantial assistance UCI appealed seeking to impose a lengthier sanction upon a rider who had provided invaluable assistance to a law enforcement investigation of doping in cycling.”A question: Is a similar lack of action/initiative occurring in tennis (and other sports)?
All signs appear to point to a similar lack of interest in tennis (via the ITF) to investigate doping, or follow-up with potential whistleblowers.
We need look no further than the apparent total lack of action by the ITF on the "substantial assistance" provided by Wayne Odesnik, which resulted in his 2-year doping ban being cut in half. To date, there are no doping (or other) violations that have been explictly tied (or even appear to be linked in any way) to Odesnik's "assistance." And, of course, we also have the apparent lack of investigation by the ITF (beyond an empty press release) into the role of USPS doping specialist Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral with tennis players (and support personnel) at the TenisVal Academy, or elsewhere.
Further, we have no evidence that the ITF has ever followed-up on the many statements by players (and others) about doping in tennis. For example:
Nick Bolletieri (2012): "If I said tennis is totally clean, I would be kidding myself [..] I would say there are certainly some short cuts being taken. Not that many, but it would be crazy to think differently."
James Blake (2012): "In tennis, I think, I'm sure there are guys who are doing it, getting away with it and getting ahead of the testers."
Mardy Fish (2010): "This is my 11th year. I've seen a few guys come and go who have cheated..."
Daniel Nestor (2009): "We suspect that there’s always stuff going on. I mean, we watch some of these matches, the guys play five hours and come back the next day and do it again.”
Mahesh Bhupathi (2009): "The tennis players themselves have brought it (anti-doping rules) upon themselves. A lot of players have been cheating."
Christophe Rochus (2010): "There's a lot of cheating. Simply, people don't like to talk about it...I simply would like to stop the pretending. This hypocrisy is exasperating."
And, of course, there is Vania King's disappearing tweet about doping in tennis.
This is not a comforting set of circumstances. And it is all layered on top of the ITF's poorly designed doping contol regime.
Hopefully, an inquisitive journalist will ask the ITF about this situation (and other questions, too). Maybe they should ask the WADA some questions as well (e.g., What does the WADA think about the Odesnik deal?)
P.S. I believe I covered this a week ago...