Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wertheim on Troicki

Jon Wertheim dispenses some wisdom:
"....I feel a bit about Troicki the way I feel about Marin Cilic. The circumstances were murky -- aren’t they always? -- but in a world of strict liability, the athlete is on the hook for a positive result. (Or, in this case, declining to submit to testing.) Troicki did the time, a penalty that may end up amounting 10 percent of his career. (Comparing this to other sports for a first offense, it certainly ends up on the harsh side.) Though he did not retain his ranking, the player was allowed to re-enter tennis and, in essence, earn his job back. And Troicki, now 28, has done just that, playing himself back into form in short order.

"This was an intensely unpleasant and regrettable situation..."
This is tennis.

27 comments:

  1. Wertheim ever the shill for top 40 players.

    Circumsances wouldn't have been murky had he taken the damn test (and obviously flunked it). I can't believe these "delicate" commentators and their "innocent until proven guilty" garbage. Troicki refused to take the test therefore he had something to hide. It's not hard to see what he was hiding - there's nothing "murky" there.

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    1. What I don't understand is Troicki has been on the tour for 8+ years. Is this the first time he's been asked to give a blood sample? Or did he just develop a deadly fear of syringes out of nowhere?

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    2. Good question and a point any self-respecting tennis commentator should have brought up.

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    3. I'll bet you the GDP of any country that Troicki has had blood drawn before with no problems. He was on something and knew he'd be caught. I don't care what he (or anyone else) says otherwise. He apparently said he would take the test "tomorrow" - which translates to: I need another day to let the illegal drugs pass through my system

      I'm wondering how many in the tennis media are bursting at the gut to spill their true feelings about doping in tennis but want to keep their job and their access. They have to know what is going on.

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    4. Odds are, you guys are right, he didn't want to get blood drawn because he knew he was guilty.

      I don't completely dismiss the possibility he's afraid of needles, though. Lots of people, tennis pros or otherwise, are afraid of needles and still face their fear and get blood drawn when they need to. There may be days, though, where facing that fear is more daunting than others. It's possible Troicki was having one of those days.

      It doesn't matter, though. It's his responsibility as a professional to submit to doping tests at the time they are requested. He failed that responsibility, and he was punished. I haven't and won't shed any tears for him. It's a simple matter of fairness. It's unfair to dope, and it's unfair to attempt to postpone a doping test (or hide in a panic room) because you have a phobia of needles (or of "intruders").

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  2. The typical critical attitude of the press... Poor Victor, they didn't even find anything and he still got the ban. Why is this injustice being done to him? He looks so innocent.

    Thing is, he may even have been clean, but due to his stupidity there's no way that can ever be found out. It was therefore that he was banned.

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  3. Nadal pulls out of Paris for personal reasons: http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/11753850/rafael-nadal-pulls-paris-masters

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  4. Personal reasons. LOL. What happened to the appendix? Did it cure itself? Cilic has also pulled out, citing an arm injury. Funny how Cilic is suddenly injured. Who wants to bet he shows up in London fully fit and ready to take on the world's top players at his first WTFs?

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    1. Both of them, really. I wouldn't put it pass them to pull out in order to use the extra time to "prepare" for the World Tour Finals.

      No talk of the appendix anymore, indeed. Also the media only relays the info the Nadal camp feeds it, they never question anything. They've become useless middlemen/middlewomen.

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    2. Indeed, sport journalism is in shambles... But this time: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/2014/oct/Nadal-to-Have-Season-Ending-Surgery-in-November.aspx

      It was also previously reported that 'personal reasons' was in fact 'appendix surgery': https://twitter.com/simonrbriggs/status/525630435616104448

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    3. The media might as well be nothing more than court stenographers - just typing/writing what the athletes and their PR agents say with no critical reporting whatsoever.

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    4. I wonder if there is any testing done at the World Tour Finals in London? Cilic has qualified by virtue of his Grand Slam win at the USO so playing Paris was unnecessary for him to qualify. So he withdrew. But to then say he has some arm injury (which we know will be healed by the time London rolls around) really is a joke. I realize players can't just withdraw from Masters events with a valid excuse but why do they make it so easy? Just say you're injured and don't show up. Could he be using these two weeks to get some extra help?

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    5. ***without a valid excuse.

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  5. The thing that pissed me off most about Cilic, was that he blamed his mum in order to cut his sentence and she of course took the rap for him. That was just cowardly imo. Though that said, I'm not really bothered about things like 'glucose' or rec drugs. The only things that should have 2 year bans are serious doping offences like steroids, HGH, EPO and refusing tests. Unfortunately WADA have far too much power in this regard and you're not really punishing steroid abusers, if someone smoking weed gets the same length ban.

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  6. Any truth to the rumor that the upcoming Paris-Bercy tournament was to feature added random testing?

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    1. It wouldn't surprise me as the French always seem to do more testing at their tournaments. Where did you hear that?

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    2. No reliable sources alas, only hearsay (i.e. random people in the ESPN talkback pages).

      Roland-Garros was supposed to increase random testing this year and we all know how the tournament ended, yet again. ;-)

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  7. Errani and Vinci retired at 1-2 in their doubles match as Errani was struggling too badly with injury. Stuff like this annoys me just as much as doping. Players enter a tournament when they know they're injured just to pick up prize money, preventing another pair form getting a chance. They really need to bring in a rule that first round retirements bring in no prize money, it happens all the time in slams.

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    1. Although I agree when big players/teams are playing (because they already have a lot of money), I think it's kind of unfair to players with lower ranking. They're already winning little money.

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  9. For some reason, that made me chuckle (i.e. Robin Soderling twitter post):

    RSoderling Robin Söderling
    "Sad to hear that Rafa will miss the rest of the season. He is so needed in our sport. All the best with the surgery and the recovery champ!"

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    1. Speaking of Soderling, here is a recent interview with talk of the Mono:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyFdr3onUgY&feature=youtu.be

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  10. for some reason, Nadal's PR team chose to relay the fact thet he's adding knee checkups (what should've been an unimportant detail to publicly announce) to his visit with the doctor... get ready for "my appendix was actually abnormally growing on both my knees" type bullshit. 2015 is looking to be one another 2008, 2010,2013...

    but really, if Nadal's non-invasive treatments were that effective, you'd think more players would subscribe to them.. its odd that he's currently alone on the patronage of PRP treatments and whatever bullshit he's taking.

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    1. also, the raonic episode SEEMS a little suspect. apparently, his preferences in toilets led him to the locker room. somewhere they previously occupied which leaves it open for any preps done (in terms of well, hiding PEDs or maybe cellphones for illegal coaching) before a match? i don't know how it actually works, but i still think this has some risks in terms of cheating control.

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  11. Some interesting comments from Rob Koenig, while commentating at the Paris Masters....

    He was talking about Wertheim's book on the Nadal/Federer epic Wimbledon final, and marveling at how the book was possible due to Wertheim's "unique", "rare" and "intricate" access to the big names in the sport, something enjoyed by only one or two journalists....

    It's hard to be cosy with the stars, and yet maintain objectivity about a sport , IMO

    Anyone remember the angry exchange between Paul Kimmage and Lance Armstrong, where Armstrong made it clear why Kimmage was not getting interviews? Any one remember what happened to David Walsh after he wrote negative stuff about Lance?

    The two Irishmen may not have been 'warm and fuzzy' with the US Postal team, nor had Lance on speed-dial, but they ended up with their journalistic integrity not only intact, but lauded.......

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  12. Having watched a replay of the Murray/Robredo Valencia final I don't think I have seen a more ridiculous display than, well - since the last USO (Nishikori's successive 5-setters, anyone?), Nadal at the French, or indeed any one of a fair few of Murray's matches these days.

    Murray, especially, was sprinting for shots that frequently nearly saw him enter the stands to retrive Robredo drives, from the beginning till the end of the match. Robredo gave as good as he got, as both players delivered unrelenting power over over, while covering the court like Olympic 400m runners repeating their race time and again, in a weird version of groundhog day.

    Justin Gaitlin - eat your heart out. These guys make you look like a pussy. "Tennis has a doping problem" (Richard Pound, former head of WADA) right there.

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