''We're working hard to try to increase the proportion of out-of-competition testing, and particularly blood testing, and we've been working on that for a while.''
''I'm hopeful that by the end of the year we'll have made some inroads into improving that. Like any anti-doping program, we're subject to resource constraints,''
''We are looking very, very carefully at an athlete biological passport program in tennis...I don't want to say it's definitely happening until we actually say, 'Here's a program. It's up and running.' We're looking at it to ensure that if we do run it, we can run it properly.''
Nick Sywak at Salon writes: "...in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, no sport that requires as much training, endurance and sheer athletic grit as does 21st-century professional tennis can insulate itself from the chill winds of suspicion and skepticism."
Update #2: TenisVal and Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral
More from John Leicester of AP, this time it's about TenisVal and Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral. Interesting revelations. Here are a few excerpts:
[TenisVal owner] Pancho Alvarino told The Associated Press the relationship between his TenisVal academy and doctor Luis Garcia del Moral "started approximately 14-15 years ago."
That overlaps with del Moral's work for the U.S. Postal Service cycling team. The USADA says del Moral helped to implement a "team-wide doping program" as a doctor for USPS from 1999-2003...
Alvarino said "many of our players" consulted del Moral for preseason blood tests, strength tests and for injuries. He said TenisVal used the information to tailor specific training programs for each player...It would be interesting to know how much these many players were paying the clinic for the services provided. And what kinds of "training programs" were designed based on the information from the clinic?
Players paid the doctor's clinic directly, Alvarino said, adding that TenisVal coaches always accompanied players on visits to del Moral...
The manager of the International Tennis Federation's anti-doping program, Stuart Miller, said he investigated del Moral's work in tennis in the wake of the USADA's ban.
The ITF "interviewed Sara Errani, among others," Miller told the AP. Citing confidentiality requirements, he wouldn't reveal details of the investigation or say if the ITF determined whether del Moral helped players to dope.
"If there's a case where somebody has breached the rules, it will be publicly reported," Miller said. "So you can draw what conclusions you like from that."
Update #3: Jim Courier, 1999
The new timeline means Dr. del Moral was working in tennis back in 1999. That was the same year Jim Courier stated that "EPO is the problem.'' (also see here) At the time, then ATP chief executive officer Mark Miles stated that Courier's remarks were "unsubstantiated" and "unfortunate." How about now?