"I feel I'm being less tested now than six, seven, eight years ago...I don't know the reasons we are being tested less and I agree with Andy, we don't do a lot of blood testing during the year. I'm OK having more of that...I just think it's important to have enough tests out there...I don't like it when I'm only getting tested whatever number it is, which I don't think is enough or sufficient during the year...I think we should up it a little bit, or a lot - whatever you want to call it - because I think it's key and vital that the sport stays clean. It's got to. We have a good history in terms of that and we want to make sure that it stays that way."
Now do we have your attention?
And by the way, Federer is correct. He was tested by the ITF fewer times in 2011 than he was in 2010.
Federer, and Andy Murray, are also correct about blooding testing in tennis. In fact, blood testing by the ITF has decreased significantly over the past several years.
Update #1: Djokovic has hopped on the bandwagon, too: "I agree...We are trying to make this sport as clean as possible, as fair as possible for everybody, so I have nothing against testing and, why not, we should do it more."
Of course, talk is cheap. But with the three top players saying more testing is needed, why are Stuart Miller and Francesco Ricci Bitti missing in action? They need to explain why the ITF has underspent its anti-doping budget for the last three years.
Update #2: Andy Murray made additional comments about doping in tennis at his Nov. 3 World Tour Finals press conference:
Q. I read recently you made some comments calling for increased drug testing, specifically blood testing. I'm wondering if those came out of what's been going on in cycling or something you've been thinking about for a while.
ANDY MURRAY: Did you say I said that?
ANDY MURRAY: I just got asked about it in Paris because we had the blood testing done. We had a random blood test done two days before the tournament started there. I was just making the point that in tennis we do a fair amount of drugs testing. There could be more. But a lot of it has been urine, not so many blood tests.
I think it's important to make sure we have all of those bases covered. I think tennis is a clean sport. But the more we can do to improve that all the time is good.
Q. Has what has happened in cycling and other sports given you some security about the overall cleanliness in the game?
ANDY MURRAY: Not in tennis. Obviously, what happened there is pretty shocking. You just want to make sure you can completely rule anything like that out in your own sport. Because I love tennis, you would hate for anything like that to happen to your own sport.