Saturday, September 26, 2015

Laugh or Cry?

New ITF president David Haggerty: "I think we are fortunate in that we have kept our eye on the ball and Francesco [Ricci Bitti] has done a very good job with the sport, from an anti-doping and a betting perspective. We're in good shape compared to many of the other sports."

You cannot be serious.

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  1. You could cynically argue that he and his team may have indeed done 'a very good job'.

    While just about every pro-sport has been rocked by doping or corruption scandals in recent years (months even!), tennis has breezed along with barely a hiccup. Nothing worse than a mother buying her son the wrong glucose lozenges, and a grown man coming clean about his fear of needles. The public voices of the sport are overwhelmingly positive in tone. PR-wise, there's been nothing of sufficient weight to harm the bottom-line, which is what professional sports ultimately care about.

    In retrospect, it seems tennis may have done a good job controlling the discourse...

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  2. Given that his salary at the USTA was more than the ITF's entire doping program, it doesn't seem like a good use of funds.

    A big criticism of the USTA is the massive amount of executive compensation -- starting at the top. Likely he will just bring this cronyism with him to ITF.

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  3. "Repeat a lie a hundred, a thousand, a million times and it will become a truth"

    by Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

    No further comment is necessary!!

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

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  4. I think what Arcus said is correct. Tennis is a business and the business has been unsullied by any doping accusations against name brand players. Doping has had zero impact on the bottom line of the profit making sector of the sport. It's kind of like the amazing success Volkswagen had with its tdi diesels.

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    1. Hey, those engines did not fail a single emissions test! Must be clean.

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  5. "The net is closing in on doping cheats" - An "OP-Ed" piece by WADA president Craig Reedie.

    https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2015-09/wada-president-op-ed-the-net-is-closing-in-on-doping-cheats

    I'm not sure what the point of this article is, to be honest. There's no new information. Basically, it just summarizes WADA's analytic and non-analytic anti-doping strategies, and implies that these methods are more effective than they are in reality.

    I wish someone involved in anti-doping would just say "we're trying, but we need increased resources, more research, better methodologies, and programs that are not actuated by conflicted federations"

    Nets are great, but not if they are full of holes.

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  6. Ben Rothenberg goes there (more specifically, his guest does)...........

    "The Ugly Side of Tennis, with Michael Mewshaw"
    http://nochallengesremaining.podbean.com/

    Interesting and frank interview with Mewshaw, who wrote 2 books about the grimy underbelly of pro tennis back in the 70s/80s. They discuss conflicts of interest (including among journalists and commentators), various forms of corruption in tennis, and PEDs get a mention, albeit somewhat briefly.............

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  7. http://www.rue89.com/rue89-sport/2013/01/15/un-tennisman-belge-le-dopage-est-une-realite-pourquoi-ne-pas-le-legaliser

    "Finally, all players I’ve mentioned got controlled positive. All Argentineans. "

    Told you. Nalbandian, Coria, Gaudio, more recently Delpo, Monaco. And Dimitrov following the argentinian's smell.

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  8. Serena Williams withdraws from WTA Finals and China Open.

    http://abc30.com/sports/serena-williams-withdraws-from-wta-finals-china-open/1011130/

    Hmmmm, she loses the SF at the USO to a low ranked player while going for the Grand Slam and now has withdrawn from the rest of the season. The cynic in me wonders if they did indeed do some testing at the USO.

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    1. Sharapova hasn't played a full match since Wimbledon as well and is likely not to play the rest of the season either. Sounds fishy enough to me.

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    2. How many have retired or been upset in Wuhan? The end of the third set in the Halep/Konta game was extraordinary tennis from Konta or an extraordinary tank from Halep - i can't decide. odd enough to make me think they're either gearing up for Beijing or the Chinese have dialed up the IC testing. It's like rats deserting a sinking WTA ship out there.

      Sharapova may just come back there's a high possibly of her winning the finals now Serena is not playing. Someone just needs to shout "You can come out now Maria! its safe"

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    4. Serena pretty much every year skips everything after USO or reappears at the year end championships. Probably just getting ready for the Golden Slam next year.

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  9. It's interesting that the head of the WTA resigns "for personal reasons" right after Serena's loss and then Serena withdraws from the rest of the year including the financially important WTA finals. I have to wonder if there was a positive test after the US Open that resulted in a silent ban and this odd series of events.

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    1. She cites the death of her brother-in-law as a "wake up call" in spend more time with her family. However, Brad Dewett died in May of 2013, so it doesn't make sense that it would take well over 2 years for her to realize that life is short. Of course, there are numerous other reasons to resign other than covering up doping tests and I see no reason at all for an executive to resign over an non-disclosed test. It is only when the results get made public that executives start resigning -- again, look at VW.

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    2. You are probably right, I was having an aluminum foil hat conspiracy theory moment.

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  10. Wow, the very ill, easily fatigued Venus Williams just won another successive (less than 24 hours) two and a half hour match in Wuhan, while stretching and running to the ball throughout. Is there a revolutionary treatment for Sjögren's syndrome?. Which according to the diseases official website even the milder form has to be managed because - "The most common condition occurring with secondary Sjögren’s is rheumatoid arthritis." No sign of either illness or age from Venus the past few days.

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