Saturday, July 6, 2013

Wimbledon Final Open Thread: "Designed to fail, that’s it in a nutshell." (Update)

While you're enjoying what is sure to be an "epic" final, be sure to give a read to this article by Tom English, who calls out the ITF's anti-doping program:
"[Stuart] Miller said that his governing body tries as hard as it can to catch the cheats, which was another statement that left you puzzled. For anybody with even a passing knowledge of tennis knows that the authorities don’t try very hard at all to expose the dopers in their sport. Their efforts are superficial and redolent of the UCI back in the day when they were holding back the tide by claiming cycling was clean."
English nails it. Big time.

Update for our French-speaking readers: The transcript of Francesco Ricci-Bitti and Stuart Miller's appearance before the French Senate has been posted. It seems to me that the discussion regarding EPO testing is quite interesting, especially given the reports of suspicious blood values from Lance Armstrong back in 2001.

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  1. A preview of tomorrow's final:

    https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/3575569408/h56056544/

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  2. I think that the poor quality of the tennis media is best reflected in this story to emerge from yesterday.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23214821

    The BBC would rather focus on a players looks (or lack thereof) than anything else. A perfect example of how dumbed down and hypocritical the BBC is. (A couple of years ago, another commentator told a jockey after he had won the biggest race of his career that 'he could get his teeth fixed now' - the irony is that this commentator is notoriously thin skinned about comments about her weight and sexuality).

    The BBC really is a pale shadow of itself these day.

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    1. Inverdale had been a clown for years now, yet BBC keeps him on. I have zero idea why he even had to bring Bartoli's looks into the discussion anyway. Bartoli's response was perfect.

      And these are the people we are trusting to bring the doping issue to the forefront. Sadly, this is where the majority of the tennis media is now. There have been more words written about the Serena-Sloane Stephens and the Serena-Sharapova verbal spats than any doping issue.

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    2. Inverdale comes from a rugby background and to be fair, they are not exactly known for their enlightened views on modern society.

      The main thing is to find anything to talk about other than the elephant in the room which is doping.

      And now with Murray winning you can be sure that there is going to be a huge amount of the UK media wrapping themselves in the flag and piggy backing off the Rat-Faced Druggies victory. Likewise, I'm sure that there will be plenty of politicians wanting to get on the Murray bandwagon now. And no one will mention the doping issue.

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  3. The BBC Wimbledon pundits are unashamedly biased - you can accept in Murray's favour, but the almost rabid pro-Lisicki stance held over the last 5 days I
    was ridiculous.

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  4. Wow! They mentioned physical fatigue in the first set already? Let's see how this plays out.

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    1. I heard that. It is eyeroll-inducing.

      As if these two ever tire. John McEnroe said that he thought Djokovic was "fatigued" at the end of the first set, well the "fatigued" Djokovic is up 4-3 in the second (and had chances to go up 5-2).

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  5. Well this has been a yawner so far. Then again I'm biased because I've never been a fan of matches between these two. Doesn't matter if it's a three-setter or a five-setter.

    I'm sure some may disagree with me, just my humble opinion and nothing more.



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  6. Someone please wake me up when this abomination of tennis is over.

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  7. The Djoper, outrun by the local hero. Wasn´t it curious?. Who cares...History made, mission accomplished.

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    1. I am sure that the ITF are more concerned about the TV and revenue numbers than they are about the OOC numbers.

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  8. Honestly, it seemed the roids were not in for this one. Must be some stricter testing going on. Both players honestly looked very tired and very weak on first serves.

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    1. Whether it be steroids or other substances, I don't agree. Just look at Murray's court coverage - it rivalled Nadal and Djokovic at their 'peaks'.

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    2. Don't agree either. Murray out everything'' d djoker and was serving bombs at crucial points. Lots of breaks of serve were expected as they're the best 2 returners of the game. Murray made djoke look so puny. Since Lendl joined his team he looks so buff and aggressive contrary to his natural build---it's now like nadal jr. Watching him play. Anyhow, this Wimbledon had favoritism written all over it on the men's side. At first, thought it was shaping up to be exciting and different after so many top players going out in the first two rounds. Most top players looked human in this tourney including djoke in the finals. Can't say the same for Murray though. Guess the story of the homeboy winning was just too important and helps boost tennis ratings. Ratings equals money.

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    3. I thought Murray looked woeful against Verdasco and his performance against Janowicz didn't impress me either, but some of the balls he returned for winners today were absolutely unreal.

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  9. Compare this please to Djoker's run and Nadal's best runs where they could do 15 sets in 3 days if needed.

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  11. One of the players, lets just say it wasn't Djokovic, dwarfed the other in terms of musculature, closer to Nadal's build than anyone else on tour. And possibly more powerful because he's taller. If you look at his arms in a raised position— massive. Massive glutes as well. This guy is getting some help from fairy dust.

    They may as well just let everyone dope and make it an even playing field because they're doing everything they can not to apprehend any of the top players.

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  12. Djokovic looked tired though, yes..? Very tired at times.

    Or does anyone disagree? hardly evidence of the uber-dopeing he's portrayed here as....

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  13. I must say I am really impressed by how much Murray has been able to bulk up since he first came on tour as a scrawny beanpole yet has somehow managed to increase his stamina at the same time despite the increase in muscle mass. Typically you can only do one or the other, but he has managed to do both. I wish I knew the secret to his workout regime.

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  14. Murray skipped the French. Apparently he had a bad back. Yet he comes back and wins the warm up grass event and Wimbledon. Is this a coincidence?

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    1. There are echoes of Nadal's absence since last year, only to return and look unstoppable.

      I have nothing against Murray but I will never accept such dramatic improvements in strength and court coverage can occur within such a relatively short space of time, especially when what were previously weak attributes have become the best on the tour. There were times today when Murray looked impossible to catch with volleys or drop shots. Parallels with the outrageous feats of Armstrong and Hamilton, during the TdF mountain stages over the doping high times in that sport.

      It is, I feel, unnatural. I stress I have no grudges against players but the whole final had an ethereal edge and it goes far beyond Murray simply playing 'out of his skin'. He was capable of things today I did not think possible on a tennis court - all related to fitness.

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    2. Wouldn't surprise me if Murray was loaded up on painkillers or something more "helpful." He and his team made a big point about how much his back hurt - I haven't been keeping up with the Wimbledon transcripts: Has anyone asked Murray about his back?


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    3. Thank u for mentioning the back injury lopi. Was thinking of that during queens until now. He must have a TUE for it, not sure but suspect. These r the things angering me. Doping is very siuspect when a player misses a major tourney and has a bit of an absence only to return superhuman winning as if nothing happened but acting innocent. Used to like Murray and would have even been thrilled for his win had I not noticed his transformation taking place into this new breed of players.

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    4. Yup, I predicted at the start this was the year they would let him win it all. All the stars aligned perfectly for Murray: nice and rested due to his supposed back injury; so many top players mysteriously losing or withdrawing in the early rounds, and all in Murray's half of the draw (Federer, Nadal, Tsonga, Cilic, Wawrinka, Isner); Djokovic not being his usual superhuman self (when has Djokovic EVER lost in straight sets in a GS since his transformation?) Call me paranoid, but it just doesn't pass the sniff test. To quote Law & Order, "juries just don't like coincidences..."

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    5. Murray seems to have been taking lessons from Nadal about how to 'recover' from 'injuries'

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  15. ever though that maybe, just maybe Novak isn't that great a grass player..?

    lost in 4 to Federer last year, straight sets to Berdych 2010, 2-0 in sets to Murray at Oympics.

    5 of his 6 slams have come on hard courts...Murray actually had the more consistent record on this surface especially if you throw in the Olympics. Novak concentrated more on French I think, for the career Grand Slam - Murray obviously the opposite.

    ND never been totally convincing or dominant on grass for me - and, he looked pretty gassed today - a face that no one here seems to want to ackowledge.

    If he is doping as much as claimed here, why did he look so tired...?

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    1. Sportspeople, if on certain regimes, are not foolproof from feeling or experiencing difficulty - Lance Armstrong had days when he looked tired between 1999 and 2005; as did Tyler Hamilton, Veronica Campbell Brown, Randy Barnes etc etc.

      The issue raised on this thread is how inhuman Murray appeared, as opposed to Djokovic's level. In all my years I have never seen someone exhibit all levels of speed, strength and stamina on grass as Murray did yesterday. Of course, there is a chance we all could be wrong and that Murray rose to the occassion in spectacular style. But Murray' s transformation into such a powerhouse cannot be ignored if we are addressing the issue of doping in tennis.

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    2. You make perfect points in respect the the fact that grass is Djokovic's worst surface. Es verdad...it's true. I would argue, however, that he wasn't "gassed" today at all. He could have played 2-3 more hours easily. I think it's possible that it took him a set to get warmed up due to his SF with del Potro. In fact I don't think he "appeared", and i use that term loosely, as tired as Murray. At times in the 3rd set Murray looked like he was about to throw up. Murray often looks like that in matches. Strangely, however, he only looks like that between points, for about 5 seconds. Then he resumes chasing down everything and returning it with interest. I've never seen ANYONE look so close to death's door only to continue running like a demon. Murray seems to live only to grimace, grasp body parts, appear on the verge of collapse and be in perpetual agony. Then, after all that, he will run down a winner to the ad court the run down a winner in the deuce court, only to then run down a drop shot followed by a lob. Of course, then he'll give indications he is about to collapse from exhaustion - followed by ripping a forehand winner on the next point.

      But I do agree with your assertion the Djokovic totally prefers hard courts. Even when he beats Nadal he never seems totally comfortable with the grounding of his feet on clay or grass.

      However, I would call his demeanor today more "uncomfortable" than "tired." Just my opinion.

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    3. "Sportspeople, if on certain regimes, are not foolproof from feeling or experiencing difficulty - Lance Armstrong had days when he looked tired between 1999 and 2005; as did Tyler Hamilton, Veronica Campbell Brown, Randy Barnes etc etc."

      Exactly. A perfect example would be Lance Armstrong during the 2003 tour. He was doped to the eyeballs as usual, but seemed very weak and vulnerable at various stages throughout it (e.g. losing over 1 and a half minutes to Ullrich on the first time trial). Being on a doping program doesn't rule out a bad day at the office.

      As for Djokovic being "gassed", I think that description is a bit of an exagerration. A gassed player, to me, looks more like Federer in the Olympic's final. Djokovic wasn't exactly being blown off the court here. Service games seemed to go on forever and there were lots of long and hard-fought rallies right up to the final point of the match. I did notice that both players were already drained in sweat after a couple of games though, which was quite unusual. If it was very hot or humid, it definitely could have had an impact on performance.

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  16. 'But Murray' s transformation into such a powerhouse cannot be ignored if we are addressing the issue of doping in tennis'

    agreed. but neither can Djokovics apparent lack of energy after a five setter - but it appears to be largely brushed over.
    The thread is about the Wimbledon final - not just Murray. Both are relevant. Everyonehere claimed that after the semi ND would appear "as fresh as a daisy" for the final. He didn't. Yet no one is admitting they are wrong. That says a lot.

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    1. No, it doesn't. And you are assuming that your perceptions are correct. I would disagree. Djokovic looked comparatively "flat" after his epic semifinal but that doesn't mean he is a clean player.

      In any case, this debate about the relative "dopedness" of players is largely irrelevant. We know from the weakness of tennis's anti-doping programme that players will certainly dope and get away with it. Given what has occurred in other sports like cycling and baseball that means doping will be rife. It also means that players are unlikely to be successful and win the big prizes now unless they dope. In that context it's a waste of time debating who is doping and who isn't - doping will not be a minority practice but a requirement to succeed, as it has been in other sports. The issue is what do we do about, or what can anyone do about it, given that doping is ahead of testing and enforcement.

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  17. Looks like this was written by someone frequenting this blog:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/08/tennis-has-a-doping-problem.html

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    1. Excellent. Looks like journalists are catching on. And this site has become useful to them for info. on the inadequacy of ITF, lack of transparency, poor OOC testing, the suspicions absences of certain top players only to return winning what they want, etc. So, this is a good start. Letz hope mainstream media starts talking about it or WADA's appeal to Fuentes evidence being destroyed comes to fruition.

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  18. Only to be expected. David 'never miss a bandwagon' Cameron has decided to call for Murray to be given a knighthood.

    Don't expect the UK to be looking too closely at doping among UK athletes any time soon.

    Wonder what the reaction would be if the Spanish Prime Minister were to call for Nadal to be given a knighthood (or the nearest Spanish equivalent)

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  19. Hi, longtime reader of this blog, was travelling in Beijing & this blog doesn't open there its banned so couldn't write earlier. Anyways, bunch of oddities this year with this bloke: finals on our 7/7 bombing anniversary here 7/7 + 77 years since Fred Perry won. Surely ya can't mess with grand slam dates but the pure oddness of the numbers can't be ignored. Also last brit to Wimbledon Virgina wade in 1977. And Djoker faking fatigue...comic stuff. I know this doesn't fit under doping topic of this blog but surely it does fit under the match-fixing stuff. the whole thing was rigged shamed on you Wimbledon

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  20. A couple of articles criticizing the ITF's drug testing program.

    http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/sport/other-sports/tom-english-tennis-and-the-anti-doping-debate-1-2992374

    http://universitytimes.ie/?p=16698

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    1. Yeah, funny stuff: "McEnroe spoke of how back when he was playing the recovery times were much longer. Henman could only posit that perhaps ice baths were the reason for quick recovery times."

      Because ice was invented in like 2005, right?

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  21. http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/martina-hingis-a-serial-adulterer-claims-husband-thibault-hutin-071213
    According to richard's law, Martina was doping on the picture in the link above

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    1. Well, there is no "proof" that she ever cheated on her husband. This is all just speculation. She is in a hotel room with another man? What is this proof of? That the hotel room is big enough for two people -- that is it. Also, the only "proof" that I will accept is a chemical test conducted by a laboratory -- anything else is just speculation.

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    2. You didn't get my point. I made a point before that pictures taken in this position gives a perception of an over-muscular body. Serena's picture in the same position was used on this site to show that she was doping. I showed them pictures of other female players in the same position to justify my position but since they rarely think on this site, they stuck to their position. This is just an additional example to back up my previous statement. It has nothing to do with the cheating. It is none of my business. But since after reading that story, you think Hingis was just in a hotel room because it was big enough for two people, I would like to know how old you are?

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    3. Asking people how old they are is not productive.

      Anyway, I can't speak for what other people said, but I do not think you are stating their position accurately. Perhaps I am wrong, but I don't think anyone ever said, "This picture of Serena by itself is proof that she is doping." Even if you find a quote from some ignoramus who did say that, it is not a legitimate argument being advanced by people who suspect Serena of doping.

      To sum up the legitimate argument, the fact that Serena (1) has one of fastest serves currently on the women's tour and it equals that of comparable males, (2) that Serena is 31 years old, (3) that Serena has stated that she hates working out and rarely does so, (4) that her ground strokes are far more powerful than most women's, and certainly women her height, (5) that she has avoided an unannounced drug test that was performed at the time and place she had designated for the test ("panic room"), (6) that she is rarely tested, (7) that her tournament schedule makes it so that she will be rarely tested, (8) that she trains in a remote country, (9) that her explanation of injuries is curious (see http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/09/serena-williams-details-foot-injury-/1), (10) she has had medical conditions consistent with taking steroids (pulmonary embolism -- yes, I know it is consistent with other things as well), and (11) her physique in certain pictures shows signs of muscular hypertrophy.

      Any one of those by itself does amount to anything. If 11 different athletes had one of these issues each, then it would not be a big deal. It is that one athlete has all of them. The photograph is just one of 11, and I am sure other people can list more. Again, not "proof" of anything. However, as demonstrated by both Odesnick and Armstrong -- both of whom took numerous drug tests and never tested positive, there is reason to be suspicious of certain athletes. Photographs are just one of many issues with Serena.

      So, you can go through each of the 11 items and provide a counter example: "But Hingis looks like a man in this picture", "But Lisicki serves just as big." "Date-Krumm is 42 and playing the best tennis of her life." Etc. None of this is a revelation. However, if you can find another tennis player that has all 11 of these, then I will drop all suspicion of Serena doping. (Ah, except for Nadal -- for obvious reasons.)

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    4. You wrote lot to say very little.
      Serena's serve is proportional to her strength and technic. Unless you understand what is included in a fast serve, you can't really make a case here. Women can be stronger than men and essentially in a sport where players deliberately choose to slim down then bulking up and not losing their speed in serve while doing so. How come Lisicki topped Serena in fastest serves? They both weigh about the same and have about the same height. Why Ferrer who most people agree dope never hit fast serves? You have to know the history of the Williams and their legendary strength before you can truly analyze who they are and how they are supposed to be playing. Reggie Miller sister used to beat her in one on one till they became professional. Women of different race are built differently. The Williams are the ones who brought physicality to the game. How come Foreman was able to knock out other boxers of the same weight in a few second, How come Tyson used to knock out players much heavier than him in a short amount of time? We are never the same and we are not supposed to be the same. If that's the case then Federer must be a doper since he dominated the sports so long while not being so different from the players he dominated. Skills is a quality just like strength is.
      That Serena is 31 years old, doesn't mean anything. It is not the age 31 that is advanced for tennis players but the mileage which corresponds to how much and how many competitions they played throughout their careers. In other words, some players could be younger if they haven't played a lot compared to others. Serena only focused on major tournaments in the past till she is hit her 30. She was injury prone a certain stages of her career. So she missed a lot of time before she hit 31 years old. Moreover, it is not just the age of players that is a factor. It is how much it takes out of them to win. Serena like Tim Duncan, Roger Milla (Soccer player from Cameroon who scored 2 or 3 goals in a world cup competition and whom people thought falsified his age just to benefit from it while signing contracts) played or are playing well late in their careers because they didn't make a lot of effort to dominate. Serena said she hated working out. But she has been working out for a while now and she admitted to have lifted weight while being injured. Hating working doesn't mean you don't work out. It just means you don't have the passion to work out. Jamal Crawford stated last year that he never worked on his shots till last year but he's always been one of the better shooters in the NBA.
      Serena is the strongest on the tour where you have bony women thinking being a professional athlete is equivalent winning a weight loss contest. That's why some journalists who realized they can only defend their own so much and without success started advising the other women to lift weight because otherwise the losses will be guaranteed. It is called common sense.
      Regarding the panic room, it was just a silly argument. First the test was conducted about a month after all competitions were concluded and more than 2 months away from the next competition. That was during the off-season when no tennis players practice. Knowing that Players dope to be able to practice and gain results while practicing, why would Serena be doping wince at that time she hasn't got serious about working out??? Serena has been stalked in the past. Why wouldn't she be scared of an intruder? you also have to know that these schedules are selected in advance for a period of one year or less, and these OOC tests were very rare. Stars shouldn't make themselves available a specific time slot of everyday or the year just for testing. They already have so many commitments (training, tournaments, tour, exhibitions, commercials, ceremonies, campaigns, etc.) and the one thing they don't like whether they are doping or not is some additional restraining…..

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    5. …….That Serena is rarely tested doesn't mean anything. Roger is also rarely tested and I don't see you accusing him of doping because of it.
      Serena doesn't train in remote countries. She trained I think once in a remote country. So are you saying that doping in November or December will help you win tournaments in the following December? What about all the other years when she was in then US?
      What tournament schedule makes it so that she will be rarely tested? Is she the one making the schedule??? Why you 're not saying Roger who used to play twice that amount of tournaments was doing so to avoid doping tests?
      You must be new to the site. These injuries explanation don't mean anything. First Serena doesn't owe you or anyone anything? Second, she can lie to cover some negligence that may have make her look ridiculous or to avoid accusing a member of her family. The fact of the matter is I have not be made aware of players using machete to dope. That may be a legitimate explanation for the doping effects being able to last all year long. It is something we might genuinely explore.
      The pulmonary embolism has multiple causes and Serena's injury and cure are concordant with them. Feel free to check on Wikipedia.
      Did you expect her to show muscular hypotrophy after she lifted weight?
      I don't need to show you another player who has all these eleven items because the criteria you listed are baseless and irrelevant. These are not criteria for someone who dopes. They are criteria for someone who doesn't know a lot about Sports in general.

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  22. Seriously, in the history of human sports, have there ever been two elite athletes that have been sicklier than the Williams sisters? Asthma, auto-immune disorders, bone infections, hematomas, pulmonary embolisms -- ALL of which are either caused by or conveniently treated by PEDs.

    Serena's history of bizarre "conditions" and "injuries," and her ever-changing explanations for them, is well-documented, as is the fact that they are all typical side-effects of PED use. Her ludicrous stories about her foot injury; her freakouts on the court, her gigantic physique with increased speed; hiding in a locked room and refusing to come out for the dope testers -- these alone would raise serious suspicion. Throw in that all of the bizarre conditions she has experienced are all well-known risks and side-effects of PED injections, and only a fool wouldn't be highly suspicious.

    As for Venus, well, she has long claimed that she suffers from an unspecified asthma-like condition, which has enabled her to take otherwise banned substances which aid breathing (the same type of banned substances that doping cyclists like to use to gain an advantage). There's even the famous shot of her sneaking hits on some kind of inhaler under a towel during a changeover in a match she was losing, after which she suddenly came out with vastly improved energy and power. Now, of course, we have the sad tale of her supposed auto-immune disorder, which is likewise conveniently treated with -- you guessed it -- STEROIDS.

    Can you imagine if an elite athlete in another sport -- say, a relief pitcher with two outs in the bottom of the 9th in game 7 of the World Series, or a cyclist a few kilometers from the finish of the final time trial in the TDF, or a swimmer about to jump into the pool for the final laps of the 4x100 relay in the Olympics, suddenly stopped and took a few blasts of salbutamol before going on to victory? So why does tennis allow such farcical dosing from players like Venus?

    So, which is more likely -- that Venus and Serena are the unhealthiest elite athletes ever, suffering from all these rare, bizarre injuries and conditions which just happen to result from and/or are treated by steroids and other PEDs, or that they are obvious dopers, using these conditions as excuses/cover for their PED use?

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  23. It must be hard to think well these days but before you make such laughable and ridiculous accusations, a thoughtful person would ask him/herself why would a 7 slam winner who rarely plays and can't even pass the first few rounds of the competitions she chooses to play will be taking steroids for??? Would she put her life on the line just to be able to watch TV or laugh???
    If Serena embolism was due to doping why didn't happen before she went through a process that legitimately causes embolism???
    What is unhealthy about the Williams that is not the result of people who only use their mind once in a while?
    I enjoy replying for distraction, but this is borderline pathological

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    1. Eric, you can believe in fairy-tale explanations, and dance with your unicorns while sprinkling faerie-dust. I think I'll stay here in reality where elite athletes in huge-money sports dope to try to gain an advantage. I'll ask you again: Which do you think is more likely -- that these elite athletes are the sickliest elite athletes ever, having one bizarre illness and condition after another, and that it is just pure coincidence that ALL of these issues are caused and/or treated by PEDs, or that they are doing?

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    2. The only bizarre illnesses they have are in your mind. You can't combine two athletes and tie them with a certain number of diseases. May be you are a healthy person but I know a lot of people get millions of diseases and they are not even athletes. Which diseases Serena had??? Serena had cuts on her feet. Does one dope with blades? At some point, you need to use your mind.
      Is Asthma the condition that is linked to steroids? Why after Venus won that match you claim she resulted to doping to win, she couldn't even play the next day? Is it a 2 hour doping regimen???
      There is no probability going on here. You go with signs, symptoms, etc. You see women being out of their mishitting whole games, being emotional, non focused, etc signs that no doping athletes exhibit and you come up with probability that because they have diseases, they wanted to use steroids when they are barely active anymore.
      A doper has no problem practicing like Serena claimed multiple times because makes one joyful about practice sessions since they don't have to use their own energy.
      Serena used to read bible just to be able to get through her matches. Dopers never have problem focusing and don't have fears. We have these signs from the main dopers and people choose to avoid the main criteria and focus on lies about cuts as if players dope with machetes.
      Just use your brain instead having that fixation thagt has nothing normal

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    3. When are you, Eric (Cartman) finally going to get sick of yourself sufficiently enough so as to puke your own brains out and do the world a favour?

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    4. The world??? I doubt it... You probably really meant the psychos

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  24. Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance and will miss the World Championships:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/athletics/23307913

    But Usain Bolt is clean, right?

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    1. And while we're at it, 5 Jamaican Athletes have tested positive too. 2 of them are Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinters:

      http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=46469

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    2. Oh, I'm sure they must have all had undiagnosed auto-immune disorders. It's the only possible explanation.

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    3. Bolt is probably doping, he's just been smart enough not to get caught yet. Either that or any positive results were covered up.

      I doubt there are any clean track and fielders. It's the same with cycling. When a track & fielder or cyclist comes out as having failed drug tests, I'm not even shocked anymore. It barely registers because there have been so many cases.

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    4. Apparently, 3 of the 5 Jamaicans are Powell, Carter and Simpson:

      http://albertostrettithings.tumblr.com/post/55436096834/some-names-of-jamaicans

      I'm just waiting for the day Bolt finally gets exposed. The guy is probably the most obvious doper since Lance Armstrong.

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    5. When news broke out I was expecting ESPN to be talking about it. After all, it was noteworthy news. Nope, not even a "breaking news" ticker popped up. Either they aren't surprised or don't want to break it to the viewers that there is doping going on in every sport. At least some of the people on the message boards are starting to cast doubts on other high profile athletes.

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    6. The BBC were going with the 'rogue athlete' spin from Colin Jackson. Media omerta is strong in the mainstream media.

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    7. Jeter and Fraser-Pryce walked out a press conference after being asked about doping today. Draw your own conclusions

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  26. In an interview with ESPN Magazine she said: 'I feel fortunate that I can stay pretty lean without having to do too much gym work.'

    Instead of being sports and competition ready, they would rather stay skinny, weak and parade their naked body in front of the world. Then cry and complain all day long about why they don't have it their ways.

    We can see where their priorities are.

    Ridiculously shameless

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  27. Cycling has already admitted that the biological passport is not sufficient to prove the sport is clean and wants think of ways to enhance it: http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/15264/8825108/Tour-de-France-Chris-Froome-and-Sir-Dave-Brailsford-deny-doping-in-wake-of-Ventoux-win

    Meanwhile, the ITF is insisting that the biological passport is the "wave of the future" and will "keep" tennis clean -- but they have they to fully implement it or disclose exactly what it is that the ITF's biological passport is. So tennis is only like a decade behind cycling.

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    1. Vroome is so dirty it isn't even funny. However, its pretty clear that absolutely no one believes he is clean and the UK media is trying its hardest to spin for the Brave Brit. I'm waiting for them to play the race card just like Armstrong used to.

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    2. I don't know about the UK media, but British Sky/Froome fans are already doing it.

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    3. It is funny you'd have thought after Armstrong that people would be a little more wise. However, it seems not.

      Dopers begin at Calais has long been a mantra of the British media when it comes to discussion PED use.

      I had some dealings with a journalist who was interested in investigating doping but in the end it got spiked by his editor who wanted to stay sweet with the teams and authorities.

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  28. It looked, just to me, like Murray was actually pretending to be tired after some superhuman points. Like he might have heard of blogs like this and figure that remembering to lean over and grab his knees occasionally would be helpful in the court of public opinion.
    The doper-matches are hard to watch.

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  29. Serena Williams named Female Athlete of the Year at the Espys. Wow. Just wow. Sometimes I wonder if anyone is really paying attention.

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    1. Does anyone really take ESPYS etc seriously? These awards as meaningless as some of the various records and 'streaks' that the media needs to hype up.

      Mind you - she is in good company some previous winners:

      Barry Bonds
      Mark McGwire
      Lance Armstrong
      Marion Jones
      Amy Van Dyken

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  30. Paying attention to what? Noise....? I guess it comes down to hard works pays off and crying is just not enough sometimes

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  31. Here's another picture of Serena:

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.83366.1373404511!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_635/serena-williams.jpg

    And Hantuchova:

    http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1111644.1373404507!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_635/daniela-hantuchova.jpg

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    1. I'm sure Eric and his various sockpuppets have downloaded that first photo for when he has some 'personal time'

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    11. This one's for Eric Ed and tennis_fan_1982:

      http://youtu.be/kckGSgo95CU

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    12. Lopi, you seem to have forgotten that, on this very blog, Eric Ed (Cartman) stands on record for admitting that he and tennis_fan_1982 are one and the same person. (And, by the way, methinks there's probably a lot more he has to confess about his multiple digital schizophrenia.)
      Now, the good news is that he seems to be getting tired of keeping up (all) the appearances - witness the lame defence of Eric Ed by tennis_fan_1982, concerning my reply to the latter's comment above!

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  32. Serena didn't starve herself nor avoided working out to stay lean and advertise it.

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