It is one of the weakest pieces on tennis anti-doping that I have ever read.
Here's some excerpts:
"He [Todd Woodbridge] says that unlike other sports, tennis’ anti-doping program has a high degree of accountability."
"Tennis must be commended for its transparent system, and the efforts being made to ensure a clean competitive culture within the sport..."
"Tennis fans can also take comfort from the fact that doping is almost completely useless for enhancing certain factors necessary for success at the top level, such as mental strength and belief, on-court strategy, and biomechanics and technique. This separates tennis from sports such as cycling and athletics, where endurance, muscle power and recovery are paramount, and arguably why doping has flourished in these arenas..."
"[Todd] Woodbridge says that testing in tennis is so rigorous that it borders on the inconvenient..."Unbelievable. There is no examination of facts. It's mostly empty verbiage from Todd Woodbridge.
Update #1: Blair Henley over at Tennis Now has posted a Q&A with a frequent commenter on this blog, Mr. Richard Ings. Here's one exchange, which I've picked out to contrast with the quote above from the Tennis Australia article:
Blair Henley: What are your thoughts on the potential benefits of doping for tennis players?
Richard Ings: Performance-enhancing drugs provide athletes in any sport with an advantage. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) can be used to speed recovery, build strength, enhance stamina, overcome injuries more quickly, and build aggression. So any sport that requires fitness, speed, strength, longevity (in that the longer you compete, the more you earn), or fast recovery, there is a PED to give those athletes a big advantage over their peers not taking a PED. Tennis is clearly a sport where fitness, speed, stamina, strength, powers of recovery and longevity will be an advantage.Update #2: If any of our readers in France has a copy of the recent Tsonga interview in Le Parisien where he was apparently asked "Si, un jour, un scandale de dopage éclabousse une star du tennis…", a scanned copy would be appreciated.