Friday, May 22, 2015

USADA Q1 2015: Anti-doping Tests for Tennis

USADA Q1 statistics are up:

11 Athletes Selected
14 Total Tests

Athlete Name
Test Count

Michael C Bryan
2

Robert C Bryan
2

Lauren Davis
1

Jamie Hampton
1

Steve Johnson
1

Madison Keys
1

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
1

Christina M McHale
1

Jack Sock
1

Sloane Stephens
1

Venus E Williams
2

29 comments:

  1. Where is Serena Wiiliams, or did she miss her drug tests again?

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    1. They should provide statistics on panic room escapes.

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    2. This year, she's won 2 big titles and has only had one "loss" you would think they would test her.

      She's also had 2 walkovers, was drug tesing going on in those tournments? I wonder, hmm?

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    3. I was wondering where her name was as well.

      She's saying her elbow "injury" is healed but guarantee if she loses at Roland Garros she'll magically be "injured" again.

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    4. LOL - for nearly 2 decades every time the Williams sisters lose a grand slam match they blame some injury! They've always been sore losers!

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  2. http://www.lemonde.fr/roland-garros/article/2015/05/21/roger-federer-je-peux-encore-gagner-un-grand-chelem_4637982_1616946.html

    Q: It is almost unheard of positive doping tests in tennis. Because there is not? Because we are hiding them? Because there are not enough checks?

    A: One could certainly make more controls. Even in the ATP 250 tournaments [the smaller tournaments Main circuit], once you reach a level where financially it gets interesting, there must be controls. It is important to know that one will get tested every time you play a tournament. When you win three tournaments and two months later you're still not controlled, it is not normal. Maybe we should also keep the samples longer, in order to punish a guy later, if necessary. And I find that there is not enough testing out of competition. But I still think the program works; the biological passport is a start.

    Q: How many controls you suffer a year?

    A: The year I suffered the most was in 2004, there had been maybe 25. I remember having three consecutive tests on a Davis Cup weekend, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Now I feel it's more 15 per year.

    Q:Will he took doping controls during or after the Davis Cup final?

    A:I honestly do not remember.

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    1. Nice find. Compare Roger's up front answers with those shuffle-and-sway answers given by Novak and Rafa every time they are asked about doping or dopers.

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    2. When I hear Federer saying things like keeping blood samples for a long time in order to punish players at a later date, I cannot help thinking that he's implying a guy like Nadal could be a culprit.

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    3. It's really, really sad that a current top player wants old samples tested and more often, but Ricci Bitti himself does not want this seemingly at any cost. Something is really wrong with that picture.

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    5. Federer has always been upfront about tennis needing to do more to catch doping cheats. I know there are people who suspect him as well, but he is one of the very few big-name players saying that more needs to be done. And he's been saying it for years.

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    6. Talking is cheap!!

      In other words, does he put his wallet where his mouth is?

      No, he doesn't, because again: talking is cheap!!

      The same is true for all other big tennis players who have also spent words against doping but don't spend any single cent of their own money to improve effectively anti doping controls system!!

      In other words, true Leaders must lead with practical examples and not with useless proclaims!!

      Apart from that, in an age of online social media like the current one, a simple question arises very easily !!

      Question:

      how come no one does posts regularly on social media about the results of possible anti-doping controls exclusively made and managed by a third agency??

      Answer: they only use social media to entertain their online audience and never to tell them the truth!!

      What a strange coincidence...!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice



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    7. Fabrice, you make a good point. The low budget of the ITF’s anti-doping program has been discussed in the past and I wonder if the ATP had ever considered allocating some funds to it. After prize money at slams seems to be increasing every year (but anti-doping doesn't seem to be their priority)

      > “The same is true for all other big tennis players who have also spent words against doping but don't spend any single cent of their own money to improve effectively anti doping controls system!!”

      In an Svd article from 2009 it said “SvD can today announce that Roger Federer has contacted the ITF to get the organization to use the opportunity to save doping samples for eight years”
      http://www.svd.se/federer-kraver-tuffare-tag-mot-dopning_3687813

      I wonder how that conversation went:

      Federer: “Hello, Dr. Miller, yes I was wondering if you would consider storing all samples for future testing”

      Miller: “We don’t have the budget for that”

      Federer: “I can donate some money if you would like”

      Miller: “No thanks”

      Ok maybe not, but I wonder if the ITF would actually considering accepting money from players. But then again how genuine are the players? Lance Armstrong also “donated” money to the UCI to help them in fight against doping.

      > “How come no one does posts regularly on social media about the results of possible anti-doping controls exclusively made and managed by a third agency??”

      Tyson Gay was part of the whole “Test me, I’m clean” It didn’t work out too well did it?

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    8. Hi UntitledK9,

      1) I've written:

      "The same is true for all other big tennis players who have also spent words against doping but don't spend any single cent of their own money to improve effectively anti doping controls system!!"

      For me, to improve effectively obviously means that the WADA ( World Anti Doping Agency ) should play an important role as a third agency to avoid any possible conflict of interest between professional tennis players and ITF!!

      2) As far as what you are saying about Tyson Guy, here is a question:

      did he post regularly on social media about the results of anti-doping controls exclusively made and managed by a third agency?

      Answer:

      No, he didn't!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice





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    9. The fact that WADA lets the ITF get away with the bare minimum when it comes to reporting drug testing statistics says a lot.

      “did he post regularly on social media about the results of anti-doping controls exclusively made and managed by a third agency?”

      Don’t know about you but when I read about athletes on social media telling the public "Oh, look I got tested today at 6 am" I roll my eyes. I don’t put much weight in it because it could be disingenuous. (Sometimes it may be done just to give the illusion that they are clean - of course some of them may be)

      Maybe the best approach would be to have the independent testing organisation put the athlete’s test results on-line for all to see.

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    10. All of the biological passport data and lists of theraputic use exemptions should be online and available for review.

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    11. Some comments by Roger and Andy make me think that the locker room has very specific suspicions about who is doping would like to see the culprit(s) caught, even if the evidence comes to light down the road as a result of more sophisticated testing of stored samples.

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    12. @UntitledK9

      as far as "Maybe the best approach would be to have the independent testing organisation put the athlete’s test results on-line for all to see."

      I exactly meant this approach that personally I've always thought it would be best!!

      But, it's Mission Impossible because:

      any serious independent testing organisation needs a lot of money to do a professional and independent job as good as possible and ITF and ATP won't give any cent on this purpose because they have had, they still have and they will have a lot of skeletons in their closets!!!!

      In other words, they aren't interested at all in having a clean professional sport, they are only interested in making money without any regard of basic moral issues!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

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    13. > they aren't interested at all in having a clean professional sport, they are only
      > interested in making money without any regard of basic moral issues!!

      A slightly more optimistic interpretation is that they know they blew it with the current generation of stars, and they figure it would be disaster for tennis (and themselves) if they outed them at this point, so they are focused on cleaning up the sport starting with the next generation.

      I'm not saying I believe this, but I throw it out there as a possibility.

      > they still have and they will have a lot of skeletons in their closets!!!!

      I totally agree.

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    14. Basically, I might agree with your slightly optimistic point of view but I wouldn't bet my own money because the probabilities aren't so high that a thing like that will happen in the next future!!

      Let's say: 50% they will do something really effective to have a clean professional tennis and 50% they won't do anything!!

      Anyway, we'll see!!

      All the best!

      Fabrice

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  4. Kateryna Kozlova tested positive (stimulant) and was suspended for six months.
    http://www.itftennis.com/news/205597.aspx

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  5. There is a precedent in professional sports for major stars to financially support an anti-doping program..........What was that guy's name, again? Oh, yeah... Lance Armstrong.....

    Individuals in the testing pool should never have any direct financial interest in the process, otherwise there would be an unacceptable conflict of interest.

    It is not Roger Federer's job to pay for anti-doping endeavors, it's the tour's job.

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    1. What are you saying??

      I was clearly speaking about a "third Independent Agency" to manage all the aspects of the anti doping controls system, which is a completely different thing!!!!

      If you don't understand the big differece, the problem is yours not mine!!

      Goodbye!

      Fabrice.

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    2. Obviuosly, it should work like that:

      1) Tennis players should give a small percentage of their earnings to ATP and WTA to fight the doping!!

      2) Each national tennis federation should give a fair ( not too small, neither too big, something in the middle ) percentage of their own budget to fight the doping!!

      2) ATP and WTA ( together with the representatives of the tennis national federations ) should appoint a serious independent agency (WADA would be ideal !!) to carry out all the anti-doping controls and once made, immediately publish ( it's the third agency that manage all the things and publish!! ) the results in total transparency ( online and offline ) and independence!!



      It isn't rocket science, It's jus a matter of political willpower!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice



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  6. Breaking News!!!

    "Dope Once, Test Positive for Life"

    Research suggests artificial muscle enhancers stick with cheating athletes for life. So will we see lifetime bans for first-time cheats?...

    http://www.outsideonline.com/1982176/dope-once-test-positive-life

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

    1PS ITF, ATP and WDA will give them lots of money to make it as soon as possible!!

    2PS obviously, it is an ironic gag!!

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  7. The tennis players get paid big bucks and should be drug tested routinely as well as surprise draws. Maybe there should be three drawings for each tournament....before it starts, sometime mid tournament, and when the player wins/loses.
    Of course, all sports should test the athletes, and the public has a right to know the results, as far as I'm concerned.

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