Friday, January 22, 2016

UKAD: "Something doesn’t feel right.”

UKAD chief executive, Nicole Sapstead: "I think it’s foolish for any sport to think that they’re immune from doping, I really do. You’ve got a sport that commands huge salaries – players command huge salaries – there’s huge television rights. There’s a lot to be gained from doping, irrespective of looking at the physiological requirements of the game itself. Look at how the game is played, the recovery rate with injuries. Football, tennis, other sports: something doesn’t feel right.”

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  1. "Something doesn't feel right". Code for "doping is rampant" - without naming any names. But we don't mind corruption in sports - provided no one draws too much attention to it. Something else that didn't "feel right", Ms Sapstead, was the outstanding success of the host country at the London Olympics.

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  2. "‘He ate spinach with the right side of his mouth only!’ The bizarre photo that shows how much bigger Serbian tennis star Viktor Troicki’s right arm is compared to his left"

    Daily Mail goes after the disparity between Troicki's arms. LOL

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3407743/The-bizarre-photo-shows-bigger-Serbian-tennis-star-Viktor-Troicki-s-right-arm-compared-left.html

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  3. Just watched Serena Williams steamroll Sharapova 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open - and 2 of the 5 games won by the Russian were clearly gifted by her obviously juiced opponent. I think by the time Williams retires, she will have 30 Grand Slam titles under her belt. What a joke this sport has become.

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    1. Don't forget, Serena - yet again - claimed she was "injured" before the start of the Australian Open and pulled out of the warm-up events. Yeah, she looks real "injured" out there. This happens before every Slam yet come Slam time she is miraculously cured. Lather, rinse, repeat and the tennis media doesn't question it at all. She'll be 35 this year and she is stronger than when she was 25.

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    2. To be honest Sharpova's own game is stagnant and one dimensional, pound the ball, don't think about where its going just hope your opponent can't get to it - about sums her up.
      But agree with the amount of injuries Serena has had, back, blood clots, knee, elbow problems you'd think they'd have an effect especially considering her age.
      One thing about Serena she shows up how dire the womens game is and she seems to be the only one who's aiming for consistency. one the men's side Murray has stated that everyone knows who the dopers are. if this be true on the womens side also nobody seems to mind Serena using drugs when competing against them otherwise they'd have spoken up like Murray and Fed have.

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  4. Meanwhile Federer marches on. Surely people are starting question the Federer?

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    1. I seriously doubt he will win more than a set against Djokovic though, considering their past matches.
      To be honest, I didn't watch any of Djokovic's matches so far in this tournament, but it seems he played horribly against Simon and still won, played mediocrely against Nishikori and still beat him in straight sets. Nishikori was even leading in the third set and then Djokovic turned it around extremely fast (I followed the score for a bit). Don't even be fooled by Djokovic's inconsistent form, as is always the case with him he seemingly intentionally plays poorly in the early rounds and when needed, plays out of his mind, especially against Nadal and Federer.
      Just have a look at his level in the Doha final against Nadal. Simply unbeatable. He will play like that the next two matches, so it will take an extremely inspired Federer to win even a set. Djokovic is mentally stronger by a landslide, so I expect him to win in 3 or 4 sets.

      All that aside, both players are probably using something to give them an edge.

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    2. Djokovic is unreal right now. Federer might - MIGHT - get a set off of him but Djokovic is next to unbeatable in the men's game. Once again, no one questions how in just one year's time he went from retiring in several matches from 2006-2010 to becoming the Iron Man of the tour with amazing recovery powers (2011- current).

      As for Federer, given how terrible tennis doping controls are, sure he might be on something (everyone is suspect) but Federer at least gets tired. Djokovic can play a long 5-setter and be utterly fresh a day or so later and win in straights against a very tough opponent who has beaten him before.

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    3. I don't mind Djokovic too much. He at least appears to have tried to play clean for a few years rather than juicing from the age of 15. He also prevented one of the most obvious dopers in the sport from getting his name in the history books.

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    4. Djokovic destroying Federer. Nothing surprising here. It's expected if you check the trend of their last matches.
      You see a lot of mistakes from Federer, but those are probably because he tries to force the shots a lot since Djokovic disappears every ball and puts a lot of depth to his shots.
      Federer will be lucky to make a set competitive. I see a straight set beatdown and so far this ia going scarily fast.

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    5. Lol he broke serve in the second set already. Not gonna waste sleep watching this destruction.
      Imo Djokovic and Serena will win all four grand slams thia year, even though it's too early tp say it. Just no competition for these two.

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    6. "Djokovic destroying Federer. Nothing surprising here. It's expected if you check the trend of their last matches."

      He's beaten Djokovic 3 times last year you imbecile. He could've won Wimbledon 2014 and he was competitive in his 2015 GS finals.

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    7. "He's beaten Djokovic 3 times last year you imbecile. He could've won Wimbledon 2014 and he was competitive in his 2015 GS finals."

      Wimbledon 2014 is not a good example because Djokovic was weak as piss in the mental department back then. He choked in every set Federer won. If it weren't for the choking, Djokovic would have won that final in straight sets.

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    8. If my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle.

      If Federer hadn't decided to S&V on breakpoint/tiebreak, he might have won that match anyway.

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  5. I don't think Fed needs to 'juice'; he has the 'effortless, classic game' wherein he makes use of all the forces at hand including centripetal, centrifugal, gravity and the power of resistance. To me it is quite likely he is clean, as 34 years old is still quite young unless you've abused your body playing the 'bash the ball as hard as you can, play every point as if it were match point'... style of someone like a Nadal. Laver played top tier tennis until he was 38 years old, Martina Navratilova until she was 50 years old. I wish people would stop dissing the best ambassador tennis had created in more than a couple of decades, and rather pray that he stays in the game as long as he wants. It's good for tennis!!!

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    1. The fact remain that Fed had a bad year in 2013, when you would have sworn he was on the way out, but came back like a spring chicken. He isn't just wining he is going through other players in straight sets. I don't like the man, but up to last year would have agreed that he was clean. However given he is almost 35, and the game is getting ever more brutal, I am increasing doubtful.

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    2. Federer is a different guy. Has put in great effort into anti-doping. Him being on the juice isn't unthinkable, but ít's stuff like HGH at best, stuff that prevents injuries/accelerates their healing.

      He had a bad back in 2013. A guy getting faster and faster as he ages is unrealistic. A guy ceasing to play like shit after recovering from injury isn't.

      Let's not forget, he genuinely changed his game. He isn't indefatigable or anything.

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    3. Except that it benefits everyone. It doesn't matter what your play style is. More endurance, faster recovery, etc. It benefits everyone regardless of style.

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  6. Also, have you noticed that 'Fed' is hardly ever injured, as compared to many of his colleagues who are injured routinely up to a few times per year, requiring months to recover... Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Fits Nadal to a T! Stick him with a fork... Federer is hardly ever injured because he has the low-impact, effortless, classic, all court game and he doesn't need to 'kill himself' to get a point, game or match! God bless him and good luck to him staying in the top five plus winning more slams!

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    1. Yes I think Federer is clearly a magical unicorn while everyone else who is doing things that defy logic are doping.

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  7. LOL at all the time ESPN2 is spending today on potential "match fixing" of a mixed doubles match a couple days ago, while all the steroid use in singles matches goes completely unnoticed by them!

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    1. The 'fixing scandal in the minor leagues' is a great dodge to take the focus off the true doping scandal that seems rather apparent to anybody other than the powers-that-be in tennis.

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  8. ESPN2's Chris Evert said "Tennis has always been one of the cleanest sports out there"!

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  9. Anyone have any background on Johanna Conta? First round fodder for years, starts training in Spain, and a few months later starts skyrocketing up the rankings. How has she gotten so strong all of a sudden?

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    1. Not that anyone deserves a free pass, but I doubt too many people care if the #47th ranked woman in the world is clean or not when the Williams sisters are still terrorizing the field in their mid-30s.

      Conta better enjoy today's match because there's a good chance she'll never see this round of a slam again in her career.

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    2. With the exception of Serena, I think there is much more parity deep in the women's game so it's not surprising when someone with the right draw makes a push in a big tournament. Konta didn't do anything out of the ordinary and although she played well in the first set, you could see she was burned out by Kerber's constant retrieving in the second. If anything, Kerber's fitness was almost unbelievable.

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    3. I'll wait and see on Konta. This could have been a fluke run for all we know. As mary said above she had a great draw that opened up with some upsets.

      Also, as dave453 mentioned, the Williams Sisters are both in the Top 10 even though Serena will turn 35 this year and Venus will turn 36. That's much more eyebrow-raising than a 24-year old Konta getting a freak run in a Slam. Now if she continues (especially with the Spain connection) then that will get more people questioning.

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  10. Guardian piece on Match-Fixing.

    Quote from Scott Ferguson, formerly the head of education at Betfair and now a respected betting industry spokesman.....Says when working for Betfair from 2004 to 2006, its integrity unit spent most of its time monitoring three things: racing, credit cards and tennis.

    “Betfair were sick to death with nothing being done about corruption in tennis”

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/27/buzzfeed-bbc-tennis-match-fixing-allegations

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  11. Some interesting statements form the ITF pressor about the independent review into match fixing.

    "While the [BBC] program did not reveal anything new, it was widely written about and has caused damage to our sport. It is vital we repair this damage"
    "It is unprecedented that all 7 stakeholders of tennis have come together so quickly with one purpose, and that's with the sole aim to restore public confidence."

    The tone suggests that it's the protection of reputation (rather than integrity) that's motivating this. There were no similar endeavors when Korda and the Argentinians were testing positive for doping while at the top of the game. There was no similar reaction when Odesnik, Cilic and Troicki got popped and people were saying ITF anti-doping hasn't run a "best-in-show" operation.

    Tennis authorities have not reacted by admitting that there is a problem. This is an error, IMO, because savvy people knows there is one. They certainly haven't reacted with a sense of mea culpa, we need to step up our game, but it's tough. Instead, always defensive. Very reminiscent of the IAAF.

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    1. I wonder to what extent there is a connection between match fixing and doping in Tennis. Someone in the doping chain of command has a lot of information they could hold as ransom, especially with lower ranked players. I think the top guys (and girls) have pretty closed in teams so there is no risk of betrayal, but I could easily see a situation where a lower ranked player is threatened with doping exposure if a match isn't thrown.

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    2. Pretty sure it is to stave off outside attempts to regulate the sport more closely. I mean, the British Parliament is getting involved and something like this tends to bring in outsiders who might wonder what else is going on in tennis. That's the last thing the powers that be in tennis want is for someone to start digging around more closely and peeling back other layers of this "clean" sport.

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  12. I'm reminded of 2013 Aussie open where Djokovic endured a brutal 4th round five setter and then came back fresh as a daisy and swatted away three top teners like they were from the challenger tour...

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    1. Djokovic doesn't play some matches seriously. Against Simon he was (D)joking, literally.

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    2. I'm pleasantly surprised that Fed won the third set. I really thought this was going to be humiliating.

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  13. This is just ridiculous. Is anyone in the Press room going to say out loud what everyone thinks. In those last two games in the 4th set, he looked like he had just started playing.

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    1. So? Was neither a long nor difficult match for him. You see ghosts.

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    2. Agreed. He can regulate his level and relax for a bit, then he comes back to his best level when he needs it like it's no big deal. He toys with everyone and deep inside he knows it, which is why he is so confident these days.
      Federer pretty much does the opposite lol.

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  14. Ok, it's official: Federer is officially the DUMBEST player in tennis history to win more than 5 slams.

    You've got to be kidding me.

    If I didn't know it better, I'd think he's receiving payment to throw this match.

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    1. He did play poorly though. If he wants to have a chance against Djokovic he needs to have a positive winners/unforced errors balance, which wasn't the case at all today.
      Still, even of Federer played perfectly like against Murray in Wimbledon of last year or vs Nadal in Indian Wells 2012, he would probably lose, but who knows...
      I think the problem here is that it seems extremely easy for Djokovic to display peak form on the truly important matches, whilst Federer does the opposite.
      If both played a match at the peak of their level it would be a tight affair, way more competitive than today's match, but Djokovic would probably win.
      Federer already has a mental block against Djokovic like he had against Nadal. He rarely plays really good against Novak, just check their 2015 matches. He's already owned.

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    2. You're an idiot. He has no mental block against anybody. This is just something nincompoop fans love to spout to sound intelligent. He lost this match because he is an idiot. His decision-making was utterly dreadful in this match, especially when he got broken the final time.

      Federer playing intelligent tennis is a NIGHTMARE for Djokovic.

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  15. The better player won. #1 won against #3. 27 year old wins against 34 year old. What is all the fuss about such an expectable outcome? Is it about Djokovic winning more slams than Federer? So what? Some more tennis to be played though before celebrating that one...

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    1. Dopervic is closer to 29 than 27 buddy. You seem to be a big gluten-free fan; were you the Doper's ghost writer?

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  16. Yep, Federer clearly the doper out there. But obviously also needs to go gluten-free.

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  17. If you wanna see unbelievable at 35 that's got to be Serena. At her present rate of improvement I am picking that in another 5 years she will be serving at Karlovic/Isner speed and out-hitting Djokovic. Yet she hadn't played a match in almost 6 months. Nothing unexpected for a champion of her class.

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    2. Just because Federer loses to Djokovic, doesn't mean that he is clean. Keep in mind, if it weren't for Djokovic, Federer would be dominating the tour right now just as much as Serena does. It's just that Djokovic, for all of his doping, has simply become a horrible matchup for Federer. It starts with his insane return of serve, which immediately puts Federer on the backfoot on most of his service points. And then there's Djokovic's seemingly impenetrable defense combined with his great passing ability (of both wings), which neutralizes another crucial aspect of Federer's game - the net game. Even if Djokovic weren't hitting the juice, he would probably come out on top more often than not based on matchup alone.

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    3. Mmm... no... If Serena is doping, she is not the only one. If you look at her she doesn't have much more muscle mass than the average professional female tennis player. Her legs look big, but they hold a lot of fat, arms are not that big...
      She just has a high body fat % plus a bit more muscle. Her mobility is poor to say the least. I seriously cringe at how most other women play her, serving to her forehand softly and not putting much spin on the second serve (Sharapova for example).
      Also, they seem scared shitless of her lol. They give up before even playing. Just pathetic competition.
      The tour was stronger with Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport and Na Li.

      If you wanna see a serious case of doping in the women's tour, check out Samantha Stosur. She looks lean and full while displaying 3D delts and overall crazy upper bodu development that most men don't even have lmao. She's clearly on AAS and still has shitty results.

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    5. Serena's arms are fat? Really? I'd call this muscle.

      http://www.google.ca/search?q=serena+williams+arms&espv=2&biw=1457&bih=770&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZpILh-8zKAhXskYMKHQKAD60Q_AUIBigB#imgrc=Ph01ZzXZImsdyM%3A

      http://www.google.ca/search?q=serena+williams+arms&espv=2&biw=1457&bih=770&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZpILh-8zKAhXskYMKHQKAD60Q_AUIBigB#imgrc=6VJ0T7h5thKSdM%3A

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    6. I said her legs are fat. Her arms are not lean though. Not fat either. Anyways, she does have masculine features.
      For comparison, a couple of pics of arms and legs without fat:https://www.instagram.com/p/99cZ-8gFTg/
      https://www.instagram.com/p/_zXkacAFeg/
      Compare those legs to her and tell me she doesn't have a lot of fat there.
      I'm just saying someone like Stosur or Navratilova showed more masculine features.
      I have no doubt Serena uses testosterone or steroids though.

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    7. Well said Shadow. It's definitely true that Fed would have won 2 slams last year plus WTF if it weren't for Djoker. I was really surprised at the way he handled Murray, esp. Since Murray was having a stellar year as well. So at age 34 y/o to be playing that well needs to be questioned. Like in football, I'm not buying that Peyton manning & tom Brady are playing soooo well at the age of almost 40. What?!! The Doping drugs today are definitely prolonging athletes careers.
      That being said, Djoker without dope would not have beat Fed. His stamina was terrible without the dope. And the ability to go from being a decent player to superhuman is not possible without dope. He plays like a doper for sure.
      with the drugs he's currently on Djoker is able to paralyze pretty much any player out there including Nadal, Murray, Fed. Like Shadow said, in Fed's case he can return all his serves in his sleep with an e tray punch that it throws fed off balance & he can paralyze Fed's attacking net game & outlast/outrun Fed & pretty much every player out there. Looks like a golden slam year for the Djoker

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    8. "It's just that Djokovic, for all of his doping, has simply become a horrible matchup for Federer."

      Imagine being so stupid as to believe this garbage.

      Say it with me: it's Federer that's a bad matchup for Djokovic, not vice versa. It's why he almost went 3/5 in 2011/2012 in major tournaments against Djokovic during his absolute peak (2011) and when he was clearly in decline.

      "It starts with his insane return of serve, which immediately puts Federer on the backfoot on most of his service points."

      You're so full of shit.

      Have you even WATCHED their matches against each other? Federer gets a TON of free points against Djokovic. Dubai last year was a prime example. So was the FO SF 11. Besides, how is that a match up thing, are there players who DONT struggle against a great returner?

      "And then there's Djokovic's seemingly impenetrable defense combined with his great passing ability (of both wings), which neutralizes another crucial aspect of Federer's game - the net game."

      Djokovic couldn't neutralize Federer's net game if his life depended on it. Whether or not a player loses at the net depends on the approach. If Federer comes in on a good approach shot, he's gonna win the point against Djokovic 8/10. Djokovic isn't even a particularly good passer when compared to Nadal in his prime, Federer in his prime or even Murray.

      "Even if Djokovic weren't hitting the juice, he would probably come out on top more often than not based on matchup alone."

      It'd be funny if you didn't actually believe it.

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    9. @ Lopi
      It's not fat
      http://nyc.barstoolsports.com/files/2013/02/serena-williams-is-big-boned.jpg

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    10. @ anonimouslayer Serena may have a relatively high body fat percentage in her lower extremities, but that doesn't make her any less of a steroid/ped abuser. Just look at shot-putters, hammer throwers or weightlifters. Those athletes are full of drugs too, but many of them still have a high body fat ratio due to their respective training regeminents or genetic dispositions.

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    11. "That being said, Djoker without dope would not have beat Fed. His stamina was terrible without the dope. And the ability to go from being a decent player to superhuman is not possible without dope."

      Pre-2011 Djokovic did beat Federer several times. Fed led the H2H 13-6, but many matches were close affairs. I think even if Djokovic didn't start to dope, it's reasonable to assume that he would have continued to improve as a player - albeit not in as ridiculous of a fashion as we have seen. And obviously, if the laws of nature are not bend, Fed still would have aged and started to decline. I'm not saying that Djokovic would have dominated Federer (far from it!), but I think it's not unreasonable to think that over time, Djokovic would have started to win more of the close encounters and managed to turn the rivalry more into his favour. That's all I'm saying.

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    12. For the first time in her career at age 34, Steroid Williams has reached the Aussie Open final without dropping a set!

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  19. Tennis Players Get an Oxygen Fix -
    To aid recovery, tennis pros in Melbourne rent hyperbaric chambers

    After he won a four-hour, 32-minute match at the Australian Open on Sunday, Novak Djokovic, the world’s best tennis player, showered, spoke to the media, and then hustled over to a quiet late-night spot that’s popular among several players: A small clinic two miles from the tournament that has four hyperbaric oxygen pods for rent.

    [...]

    Djokovic spent an hour in the pod after his five-setter against Gilles Simon on Sunday, from around 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. He’ll use it before matches too, as he did for an hour Tuesday afternoon before playing Kei Nishikori later that evening. Djokovic watched M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender.”

    [...]

    “It’s great,” Djokovic said. “It should get out there more, not just for athletes.”

    [...]

    Hyperbaric therapy doesn’t suit everyone. Andy Murray has tried it and decided it isn’t for him, according to a representative.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/tennis-players-get-an-oxygen-fix-1454023796

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    1. Also there is nothing stopping these players from using EPO or other illegal boosters to recover from their marathon matches, after all there is no off day testing.

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    2. The owner of that clinic is an interesting character. The Essendon team also used him, before they all got popped for doping......

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    3. Here are two very interesting articles about the subject:

      1)"The Egg Conundrum"

      Altitude training, whose effects the CVAC pod is supposed to imitate, meets criteria #1 of performance-enhancing measures. So if I were to treat those two as equal, then the CVAC pod device meets criteria #1. WADA has already commented that the CVAC pod device, unlike altitude training on its own, is against the spirit of the sport. So the CVAC pod device meets two of the three criteria for inclusion on the Prohibited List and should be on that list. Now, I’m sure there is more research that needs to be done on this device before WADA makes a ruling, but it seems if you put #1 and #3 together, use of this device should already have been prohibited by WADA....

      https://mariposaxprs.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/the-egg-conundrum/

      2) "The Secret Science of Novak Djokovic's Training Pod"

      it's called the Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning machine, and it looks like a sci-fi egg from outer space. In theory it one-ups standard hypobaric chambers by giving users greater aerobic gains in a fraction of the time. Is CVAC crackpot pseudoscience? Or an important new discovery that could change the way you train?

      http://www.outsideonline.com/1930416/secret-science-novak-djokovics-training-pod

      To sum up, it's legalized doping but it always remains doping!!



      Long years ago, the winners were only those who were much talented and hard working, nowadays instead, the winners are those who take advantage of very questionable doping practices and hard working!!

      A total difference!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

      PS What a beautiful professional sport world...!!




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    4. Yes, I only posted that article because a few years ago when people where questioning it Djokovic tried to deflect criticisms by saying that the CVAC Pod is not something he used often and that he had only used it once.

      Obviously that has now been proven to be a lie, even though most on here didn't believe his words anyway.

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    5. I thought Djokovic had stopped using the pod after the WADA objections were raised. I am surprised that he is still relying on something that so openly makes his wins questionable. I would like to know who the other "top players" are. And Melbourne is low altitude, so there is no "Alpe D'huez" excuse.

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    6. The Wall Street Journal story is behind a paywall. The headline makes it sound like others besides Djokovic are doing it as well. Does anyone know who the others are?

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    7. "To sum up, it's legalized doping but it always remains doping!!



      Long years ago, the winners were only those who were much talented and hard working, nowadays instead, the winners are those who take advantage of very questionable doping practices and hard working!!"

      Lay off the meds, bruh.

      Legalized doping is a contradiction. If it's legal, it's not doping. If something that increases a player's fitness is doping then running on the treadmill is doping too.

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    8. Here is an interesting story about athletes using xenon gas in oxygen pods to give themselves even more of a boost. http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/oxygen-chambers-being-used-as-new-go-fast-20150330-1mb53j.html

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    9. @Tommy Hass

      Are you Kidding??

      Here is the principle better explained!!

      If you go to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) website, you can find their anti-doping code.

      A substance shall be considered for inclusion on the Prohibited List if the substance is a masking agent or meets two of the following three criteria:

      It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance;
      It represents a potential or actual health risk; or
      It is contrary to the spirit of sport. None of the three criteria alone is a sufficient basis for adding a substance to the Prohibited List. Using the potential to enhance performance as the sole criteria would include, for example, physical and mental training, red meat, carbohydrate loading and training at altitude. Risk of harm would include smoking.

      Notice the WADA code specifically states that none of the three criteria is sufficient on its own for inclusion to the Prohibited List. That’s why red meat and carbohydrate loading, while they are considered to be performance-enhancing under criteria #1, are not on the Prohibited Substances list, because they do not represent a health risk to the athlete (at least not in the same way that recreational drugs would) and are not contrary to the spirit of the sport.

      Altitude training, whose effects the CVAC pod is supposed to imitate, meets criteria #1 of performance-enhancing measures. So if I were to treat those two as equal, then the CVAC pod device meets criteria #1. WADA has already commented that the CVAC pod device, unlike altitude training on its own, is against the spirit of the sport. So the CVAC pod device meets two of the three criteria for inclusion on the Prohibited List and should be on that list. Now, I’m sure there is more research that needs to be done on this device before WADA makes a ruling, but it seems if you put #1 and #3 together, use of this device should already have been prohibited by WADA. From my understanding, the CVAC device is different from a basic oxygen tent because the pod increases barometric pressure on the person to more effectively deliver oxygen to the blood.



      Source: https://mariposaxprs.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/the-egg-conundrum/

      To sum up in very few words:

      the CVAC pod device meets two of the three criteria for inclusion on the Prohibited List by WADA and as a logical consequence, it should be on that list.

      Period!!

      No further comment is necessary!!!!

      Goodbye!!

      Fabrice

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  20. I wish some rich person floated an million dollar reward through the tennis grapevine for the damning proof that Djokovic is doping. It is so clear to anyone but the blind, deaf and dumb that Djokovic and Nadal have chosen to dope to improve while Federer has remained clean his whole career, even if it means being humiliated like he was in the AO SF. Djokovic is such a fucking chemical machine post 2010.

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    1. "even if it means being humiliated like he was in the AO SF."

      Are you mentally ill? How was he humiliated?

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    2. @Tommy Haas: Yeah, it was such a close match. There was nothing to separate them in the first two sets. And random insults really strengthen your arguments.

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    3. When did I say that the first two sets were close you imbecile?

      I asked you how he was humiliated.

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    4. Getting destroyed in the first two sets 6-1 6-2 = humiliation. Can you please leave out the insults? Honestly, they add nothing to your posts. Maybe you are too young to understand that.

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    5. Don't you think Nike or even Federer or Nadal qualify as "rich person floated an million dollar reward through the tennis grapevine for the damning proof that Djokovic is doping"?

      If he didn't get suspiciously booted from the tour like Nadal or many others during 2014-2015 or with massive performance drops, I should be asking myself if this rage-filled post is no more than a biased reaction after watching my favorite player lose. If I actually care about tennis integrity or I'm just a immature fan that yells 'doping' everytime my favorite loses.

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    6. I forgot to mention a little something. But first the quesion: Did Djokovic outrun Federer? Hell yeah, he did.
      http://www.ausopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day16/1601ms.html

      By 2 meters. Or 10 cm per point. Preposterous.

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  21. Djokovic's Melbourne hyperbaric O2 facility is apparently run by one Malcolm Hooper, who sat in Djokovic’s box in Rod Laver Arena, when he beat Roger Federer. Hooper is a former-chiropractor whose professional registration was suspended after he admitted fraudulently representing the benefits of his treatments to a man with cerebral palsy. He was investigated as part of the infamous Essendon, Aussie rules football doping scandal.

    "The South Melbourne chiropractor previously has said he was assisting the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority with its Essendon inquiries, after the club used his Hypermed clinic in April-July last year.
    On his website, Dr Hooper claims his hyperbaric oxygenation therapy can "upregulate" peptides and ensure "that target tissues are fully exposed to the benefits of peptide therapies".
    Under "Oxysports" treatments, he promotes use of AOD-9604 - the anti-obesity drug at the centre of the Essendon inquiry - in "settings where bone and soft tissues are compromised"."

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/essendons-chiropractor-charged-disabled-patient-45000-for-unproven-treatments/story-fni5ezdm-1226657449801

    AOD-9604 is a banned substance, under the WADA code.

    https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2013-04/wada-statement-on-substance-aod-9604
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/supplements-saga/why-did-asada-drop-aod9604-wada-boss-wants-review-20151016-gkb81p.html

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  23. ^ Images on the hypermed.au site already feature Djokovic, Mattek-sands (very clearly),

    Then there are lower-res imagines of Murray, Raonic, and Ivanovic.

    Surely, they were not getting treated at such a location......

    http://www.hypermed.com.au/Conditions/Gallery-%20HyperMED%20-%20Hyperbaric%20Oxygenation.htm

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  24. The Curious Case of Rafael Nadal has been removed.

    Does anhyone have a copy of that article?

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    1. I would love to know too. Did anyone save the article? What forces caused it to be taken down?

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  25. Something else for the Serena files:

    Angelique Kerber is listed in Wikipedia as 5'8" and elsewhere as 150 lbs, Serena as 5'9" and 155. Check out the contrast in these photos (neither of which is ideally posed, but still...):

    Height: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/kerber-upsets-serena-williams-win-australian-open-title-article-1.2514582

    Weight: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/tennis/angelique-kerber-defeats-serena-williams-at-australian-open-34409270.html

    Am I alone in thinking that Serena easily looks 3" taller and 20 lbs heavier (not even counting her, ahem, breasts)? That would make her at least 5'11" and 170 lbs - more of a male physique, in line with those 120 mph serves. Time to add Wikipedia to the list of doping cover-up co-conspirators....

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    1. Can't you suggest a change? Doping cover-ers also have wikipedia access, I'm sure.

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    2. Probably not worth a try, for two reasons. No sources on the web that I could find listed her at over 155, which suggests that her people have already succeeded in influencing the information gatherers. To make edits of this type on Wikipedia, for example, you'd need to have some references or they will get overturned by the editors (who have surprisingly complex rules about the whole editing process).

      Plus, Wikipedia is known for having teams that closely monitor controversial sites to ensure that nothing outside of conventional wisdom lasts for more than a few minutes. I've seen this happen with some holistic medical therapies, and I would suspect that something as controversial as Serena's doping (or even having a much larger body that people assume) would also meet the same fate.

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  26. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/sports/ex-associate-of-pharmacists-in-al-jazeera-report-says-he-was-unaware-of-doping.html

    Tenuous connections, but interesting nonetheless.

    Gerry Ramogida is the associate in question. He is a chiropractor who has worked for the Seattle Seahawks, and served as 'performance therapist" for UK athletics in the run up to the 2012 Olympics. He's assisted many other athletes and teams.

    He was apparently going to join Chad Robertson and Charles Sly (who both openly discuss they involvement in doping athletes during the documentary) in a business venture whose aim was to assist athletes medically, independent of their team programs (wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more), but this didn't come to fruition. He wasn't mentioned in the documentary, but was apparently interviewed in conjunction with its production. He denies involvement in doping.

    He is affiliated with this PRP/cortisone-offering entity - http://www.fortiussport.com/Services/Pages/SportMedicine.aspx

    He also endorses the Slovenian 'Biomechanics and Kinesiology' company "tmg-bodyevolution.com" on their website.
    Two key 'team members' of this company are Srdjan Djordjević, who was allegedly implicated in a Norwegian doping scandal (http://www.newsinenglish.no/2013/01/31/doping-case-dismissed-career-ruined/), and Merlene Ottey, who had a nandrolone positive overturned by Jamaican andi-doping (http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/drugs-in-sport-jamaicans-clear-ottey-of-doping-allegations-1126288.html).

    The tmg-bodyevolution.com tag-line is "Better treatments, enhanced recoveries, improved careers. This is TMG™ Medical."
    Their clients include: Football federation of Spain, Rafael Nadal, ATP Tennis player, FC Barcelona, Spain, Hockey federation of Russia, University of Iowa Olympic centre, USA, FC Real Madrid, Football federation of Italia, FC Milan, FC Liverpool, among others.

    Something tells me there may be a story here......

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    1. You'll win the "Pulitzer Prize" 2016 for investigative sport journalism!!

      Sincere congratulations for your two very interesting posts!!

      All the best!

      Fabrice

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    2. But the company is not a drug company at all. It manufactures a mechanical device that measures your muscles. Electrodes are attached to the muscle along with the measuring device. This just looks like some type of electrode-muscle stimulation system with a strain-gauge to read muscle contraction. I don't really see any connection to doping or anything close to prohibited methods.

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    3. It was an interesting link but I agree with MTracy. I don't think it leads to doping, but more to the 'alternative' shenanigans some athletes use that have no benefit whatsoever.

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    4. @mtracey. I know it's a stretch, but anytime I see people with dodgy pasts assisting athletes, I wonder if more is going on they they are letting on.

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    5. It's probably nothing more than quackery going on but I understand why someone would seriously side-eye the project because of the names involved.

      There are a lot of hangers-on and charlatans out there who promise athletes that they will get better if they only do THIS ONE THING and a lot of athletes fall for it because they are desperate to win and improve.

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    6. @Arcus

      Here is another interesting article about the subject!!

      "WADA bans athletes from blood-boosting with gases xenon and argon"

      Gases help body produce more blood cells by stimulating levels of natural EPO

      The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has, as of today, banned athletes from using noble gases argon and xenon (link is external) – even though an approved test to detect their use has yet to be formulated.

      It is believed that some athletes are using the gases, mixed with oxygen, to boost the production of red blood cells through raising the production of natural erythropoietin (EPO)....

      Former elite athlete Dr Ben Koh, an expert on sports medicine and anti-doping, was doubtful that a an approved test will come any time soon, and also questioned why xenon and argon should be banned but athletes could still use oxygen tents and hypoxic chambers, which he said produced a similar effect in boosting red blood cells.....

      Source: http://road.cc/content/news/128878-wada-bans-athletes-blood-boosting-gases-xenon-and-argon

      All the best!

      Fabrice

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  27. Djokovic must have been training very hard over the winter break...

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    1. Before 2011 who would have picked Djokovic to be the player who would have crushed all opposition in the fashion he now appears to be doing at the age of 29? Late bloomer. The modern trend.

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    2. Years of hard work, strict training, careful nutrition, smart tactics and a big heart for the sport really paying off for Novak! He is not more suspect than Federer when it comes to doping. No strange cycles, no long injury breaks, nothing.

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    3. ... And maybe some little extra to get the edge? I'll go gluten-free from now on :-)

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    4. His level is just relentless over the course of a match, no let up in intensity at all. He has already demonstrated at the start of the year that he has reached new heights, creating evermore daylight between himself and Fed/Murray, who I imagine worked their sock off during the off season. I guess we are supposed to believe it's all down to Becker's coaching prowess. Cough, cough.

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  28. In a tournament where match fixing was the issue, the major sponsor had their main PR man get the win. Well scripted, or did they just make a good bet?

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  29. I am really curious about Murray's apparent drop in performance over the last couple of seasons. Until he won Wimbledon, he was all the way up there with the likes of Djokovic and Federer. Just for reference, here are the respective H2H records:

    Djokovic-Murray: 11-8
    Federer-Murray: 9-11

    And now post-Wimbledon 2013:

    Djokovic-Murray: 11-1 (and many of those matches were beatdowns)
    Federer-Murray: 5-0 (Murray only won 1 set in those 5 matches)

    Now, did Djokovic and Federer get so much better or did Murray get worse? Personally, I don't see any changes in Murray's frame/physique, but he does not appear to be as athletic as he was in the past and he also makes a lot more easy errors now. I know he had problems with his back, but I don't think that should be an issue anymore. Is it age? Or could it be that Murray used to rely on extra help, but scaled back for some reason?

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    1. Well three of these Fed wins were in the 2014 season when Murray was struggling for form post surgery, including the Aussie Open, which I think was his first tournament back. As one would expect from a typical recovery profile it wasn't until the start of 2015 season that he returned to full form. The most recent win was at the O2 where Murray had half an eye on the Davis cup final, just like Fed did in the previous year when he pulled out of the final after a gruelling semi. And in Wimbledon Fed put one of the great serving displays of all time. So that 5-0 probably flatters Fed.

      Also, Murray has pretty much been beating every other player over the last year, which is why he the world No 2. So I don't think he form has got any worse.

      It's the sudden gulf Djokovic has opened up against everyone else that is the anomaly here.

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    2. I think its the case that there are such fine margins, and whilst he has reached the point where he can beat the majority of players, he can't beat the Federer's and Djokovics anymore.

      I always thought Federer was clean, but am increasingly doubting it. He can get through anyone but Djokovic at the moment. He is the same age as the recently retired Hewitt. However good he is is, at almost 35 he should be dropping down the rankings, whereas he will be no 2 shortly with Murray not playing for the next month.

      Nadal now is an undoped Nadal by the looks of it. I assume his health has caused him to stop.

      What I am as certain as I can be is that tennis is about as clean as athletics.

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    3. Federer is unlikely to be clean. These last years raise questions. And when he gets trashed like in this AO SF against Djokovic, it's not due to lack of fitness and stamina. Unfortunately for Fedfans.

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    4. If Federer was doping he would not be getting beaten up by Djokovic. He would be still beating him more often than not, as he used to do in the years before 2011. He is really nowhere near the Serb now. He is also not the player he was in his late twenties. The brilliance is now only occasional. The signs of decline may not be conspicuous but they are still there. Federer may still be a great player but he is no Superman like the Serb.

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    5. I agree with Manas. Federer's problem is not fitness. It's decision-making. I mean, have you forgotten the greatest shots of the Federer vs Djokovic match were won by Federer by mere use of fitness and stamina? Have you seen that the 'relentless doped defender' actually wins with less winners than his opponents AND stil run LESS than them?

      Get over it. The Big 4 are doping and the losses between each other don't prove anything except that the fans are butthurt.

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    6. Not at all. I believe Federer could be doping but I don't see any strong evidence for it. Yet.

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    7. To these eyes, he looks quite a bit less muscular than he was in 2012. He was quite big at the time. I don't think he dopes now, but I'm pretty sure he was on some kind of steroids between 2010-13.

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  30. As a Murray supporter I am gutted, but we are at the point where I would almost be more gutted if he beat "Superman", because I don't think you can beat him without deploying the same strategies.

    My only hope is that just as Lance Armstrong was eventually exposed, so Djokovic will be.

    I am no fan of Federer, but think he has been cheated out of a number of Grand Slams, as has Murray.

    Given the cover ups over match fixing does anyone seriously doubt that they are not covering up failed drugs tests?

    Tennis stinks, as do many sports. We just need a brave journalist. The fact that there has been a lot of talk in the press about the pod, and it conferring an unfair advantage gives me hope.

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    1. Djokovic is displaying the same kind of dominance over the tour as Nadal did in 2010 and 2013. He simply seems so much physically superior to everyone else.

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    2. I lost hope years ago. The case of Nadal was so obvious, over such a long time, but nothing happened. Many players got cheated out of titles. Even this blog here, which at some point brought hope, seems to have been silenced. The "curious case of Nadal" disappeared, no more updates despite the many more outrageous "miracles" in the Spaniards career in the years following the article. I'm not afraid for Novak, the truth will never be known. We are all just "conspiracy theorists" here.

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    3. The only realistic chance against a doper is to blow them off court with incredible service games and ultra short attacking rallies. I think Fed has resigned himself to this, which is why he works so hard to quicken points. The problem for Murray is that his natural game is more defensive minded, but he needs to learn to do the same to have any chance against doped up Novak.

      At least with Nadal, his drug regime was so hardcore that it seemed he would eventually need to cycle off them (for health risks apart from anything else) or better still, just disappear with a fake injury, and give someone else a look in.

      Djoko can maintain this level from the Aussie Open, through the rest of the grand slams, the late Autumn swing and still dominate the World Tour finals, without any serious dip in form. I'm sure he's way more sophisticated than uncle Toni, and probably gets by on a little micro dosing during the bigger tournaments and maybe something more structured during "training" blocks.

      Unless he gets outed by an insider, I can see him play like this well into his thirties and win as many slams as Serena.

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    4. I'm in the same frame of mind as Manas. Next to nothing will be done unless some whistleblower steps forward or a member of a star player's team gets stupid and gets caught. I even saw an article in USA TOday where they think in 25 years time there will be certain forms of doping legalized (helping athletes recover from injuries and stuff like that). Sadly, I just think the majority of sports fans don't care about doping in sports.

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    6. I agree with all of you guys... Nadal and Djokovic are the obvious drug fiends of the past decade or so. Djoker is so relaxed nowadays, it's amazing to witness such unflappable confidence at such a high level of competition. Even Nadal in his peak doping years looked like a neurotic freak out there, choking to close out matches, etc. Djokovic is such a formidable menace, he plays every match like it's an exhibition.

      Also, the way the ATP tour is going now is quite reminiscent of Major League Baseball from the mid 90s to the mid 00s: veteran players playing at an incredible level for far longer than before (I am aware that some players who never doped have had very long, productive careers in the past (e.g. Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, etc.), but they were the exception, not the rule). After MLB started cracking down on doping, the game changed COMPLETELY: after being dominated by 30 year old+ stars for a decade, the game was now almost instantly dominated by young players in their early 20s. It was that radical a change. MLB, so far*, is the only major sport to be serious in the fight against doping. I am convinced that if the ITF were to go to war against doping, the field would change completely, going from being dominated by veterans to young players (19 to 23) in just a year or so. It would be that dramatic.

      *I'm not familiar with cycling, so pardon my ignorance if their crackdown on dopers was efficient.

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  32. SnR - could you please comment on why "The Curious Case of Rafael Nadal" has been deleted from THASP? Just a few words would do - being revised, lawsuit threatened, etc. Thanks.

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    1. I'm very curious too and wondering if someone can direct us to a mirror or copy of it. As of now, it doesn't even exist on the wayback machine.

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    2. Actually, I just found it.

      http://web.archive.org/web/20150418121853/http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/2011/02/curious-case-of-rafael-nadal.html

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    3. Thanks for finding the link. But the question still stands, about why it's no longer an official THASP post......

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  33. Choice to Conduct Independent Tennis Review Has Ties to the Sport:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/01/sports/tennis/choice-to-conduct-independent-tennis-review-has-ties-to-the-sport.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&rref=sports

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  34. I was watching Nadal vs Djokovic US Open 2010 yesterday once more (who knows how many once more since then). Watching Djokovic then you could see, an almost frightened young boy who could not stick together two serious backhands, who agonised to keep in touch with Nadal and and and ... AND in a matter of two months came up an ivigorated, fearless, unstoppable warrior who ripped backhands at angles out of this earth, with unfathomable stamina and endurance which took 2011 tour by storm ONLY by throwing away gluten from his food and just changing his mind !
    In 2012, 2013 and 2014 this warrior somewhat loosened (despite memorable superhuman and superendurance matches such as AusOpen 2012 final), also don't forget US Open 2013 beaten again by Nadal and then again 2015 came an even more stellar version of this gigantic athlete ready to defy all laws of nature known to human mind and tennis. ANd do not forget this year he could easily pik up Golden Slams with Olympics medal in one piece ...
    I was talking to a trainer recently and he kept telling me that doping of any kind is so widespread in athletics that even school children could resort to it. And that is something that makes mad, really mad ! Somebody has got to stop this, before it destroys bodies and souls of next generations athletes
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    In the light of all before, I do not know if I will continue to watch tennis or any other sport anymore.

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    1. My husband thinks I should join the aluminum foil conspiracy theory club but once you see the evidence of doping, it can't be unseen. It was very difficult to watch the men's final. And I was disturbed that the announcers kept talking about Novak's recovery without talking about the cvac pod. Even if it's not a form of doping, his use, and Murray's indication that he doesn't use it, is worth at least a mention. I think that whatever is going on, the institutional entitles are complicit, as evidenced by the NY Times story linked by CToronto above.

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    2. Djokovic's team was also taking gluten with high doses. Just look at how slim they were in comparison with nowdays.
      If you want to understand why Novak went for his doping regime just look at such matches where he played awfully good but still could not make it with Nadal. He knew how to fix himelf to be on top. But that required coaches that were gluten free that look like veteran bouncers.

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    3. No, no, no, you got it all wrong: it's the Davis Cup win that transformed him into an almost invincible warrior!

      Lol, I'm kidding of course, but the tennis media sure loves that narrative (as well as the gluten free crap). I have read a lot of sports media over the years, but the tennis press takes the cake as far as being a gullible bunch of sycophants. I don't know one tennis reporter who seems to have an ounce of common sense in their cranium. They mostly sound like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert (albeit with a thesaurus) when they write their gushing prose.

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  35. The talk about Serena sure ground to a halt after she lost. What do the tea leaves say about Kerber now?

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    1. Kerber looks like she has gone gluten-free. Serena has meanwhile found that acquiring the strength of a Bulgarian weightlifter has a downside; she also moves like a Bulgarian weightlifter.

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    2. Don't be that sarcastic, Richard. The fact that mainly Bulgarian weightlifters had been caught with doping throughout the years, does not by any means mean that Russian and Chinese atheletes, for inastance, were off the juice during those times. Bulgarian weightlifters have always been well known for a reason - it is called talent. We have great, great traditions in this sport, doping or not. (the rest doping too). You have no idea how poor all sports federations in this country are. And I am almost convinced that Bulgarian weightlifters can not afford gear as good as those from richer countries can afford. Not to mention detectability. In my opinion conspirancy is involved in that case - eliminating the midget which otherwise appears to be a very hard competition for medals in competitions. Because, in my opinion, if you think that ITF covers big names' positive results, the same can be said for IWF as well, protecting richer countries' interests.

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    3. I had no idea that comparing Serena to a Bulgarian weightlifter could be seen as defaming Bulgarian weightlifters. Nice. I am sure they are fine handsome fellows.

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    4. Thank you for the classy reply. Now I got you. :)

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  36. Federer Djokovic and Serena are the biggest dopers right now in the sport. Rafa stopped doing it for what ever reason.Maybe he threatened to be outed or health reasons.

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    1. I came across a comment recently by a tour player, Juan Monaco, defending Nadal against doping accusations made back in 2014 on a tennis blog that has lately become a Djokovic fan blog.

      Juan argued that Nadal's astonishing comeback from a 7 month injury lay-off in 2013 was in part attributable to his figuring out how to beat Djokovic. He said Nadal played much more to Djokovic's forehand than previously. Apparently, that's all it took to turn their rivalry around.

      However, after the repeated drubbings Nadal has taken from Djokovic since his tremendous if rather surprising success that year (such as his 6-1, 6-2 pummelling in Doha this year) the question that must be asked is, has Nadal forgotten the tactics that apparently worked so well for him in 2013? (Against everybody, it must be said - not just Djokovic.) Has he forgotten to pick on the apparently less-than-reliable Djokovic forehand? I am sure the rest of the tour would like to know how to solve the conundrum that is Djokovic in his present form. So, Juan - if you are out there, perhaps you can explain why Nadal has now become Novak's pigeon, despite figuring him out, as you said, in 2013.

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    2. Monaco is a personal friend (minion) of Nadal. They have trained together in the past and played exhibitions in Monco's native Argentine IIRC. His insights on Nadal are worthless, as you surely know.

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    3. Interesting that a tour player, who happens to be one of his personal friends, chooses to respond to comments made on a blog. I think the players must be aware of the debate, and some are more sensitive than others about what's being said. Some clearly don't like it.

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    4. Do we know that it was actually Juan Monaco or could it be someone using the name?

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    5. No, we don't know if it is him for sure but he compares himself physically with Serena and Federer - implying he is a player and thus who he says he is - and, interestingly, asks whether their physical differences suggest that Serena or himself would be doping simply because of their respective builds. (I wouldn't have thought he would have wanted to venture down that path.) Anyway, here is the thread where his comment appears.

      http://theultimatetennisblog.com/koellerer-accuses-nadal-of-doping/

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  37. What is more likely?
    Federer making a #18?
    Nadal making a #15, #16, #17 and #18?
    Djokovic making a #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17 and #18?
    Serena winning a first weightlifting contest in Bulgaria?
    Or some whistleblower finally providing proof of systemic foulplay in the very top levels of tennis?

    What will happen first?

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  38. Did anyone else notice that Serena was repeatedly rubbing some clear liquid, from an unmarked bottle, on her hands during the changeovers during the Australian Open final. It caught my eye. As I am a tennis player I know that it wouldn't be lotion, as this would cause all sorts of issues gripping the racquet. This action stood out to me as it made no sense. She seemed to be doing it with considerable focus as well. Doping? The "clear" or the newest version of designer steroid. Something fast acting? and fast disappearing?

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    1. Bulgarian weightlifting lotion.

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    2. This is a common product made by Prince. http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Sports-7H921000080-Grip-Enhancer/dp/B001M4HWQI. It is a clear liquid that is supposed to enhance your grip.

      Most likely she uses it from a clear bottle because she is sponsored by Wilson and using a Prince product would be a violation of her contract terms. Wilson does not manufacture a competitive product.

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    3. Bulgarian weight lifters use it all the time. Serena might be changing codes.

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  39. @Unknown

    Worst still, here is the video about the assistant of the "Serbian Robot" who makes exchange of bowls under the table,
    the heading is: "Djokovic Australian Open Final 2015 Doping?"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dco-84R6aso

    By the way, I'll write an emal to THASP ( the owner of this blog ) in which I'll point out three clues which clearly emerge from the posts ( to this article by THSASP ) that I've written, these three clues concerning the strange case of the "Serbian Robot" !!

    As they say: three clues are often a proof!!

    All the best!

    Fabrice

    PS enjoy the YouTube Video!

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    1. I'm not sure what that video actually shows, but if you have an email address for THASP/SnR and are going to contact him, would you mind also asking him why the "Curious Case of Rafael Nadal" has disappeared from the site?

      Thanks!

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    2. Here it is:

      "How prevalent is doping in tennis? Does anyone care? Have information about doping and want to be a whistleblower? Contact us: thasp.blog@gmail.com"

      Anyway, starting from the assumption that high quality questions give high quality answers, here is the most important question about the subject of doping in professional tennis!!
      Premise:
      “Don’t test the top 50 people two times; test the top 20 people five times,” by Victor Conte

      http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/08/14/more-sports/conte-thinks-wada-testing-system-complete-joke/#.VrN8o0Cfhdh

      hence, the consequent Crucial Question is :

      if ITF, ATP and WTA keep on saying that professional tennis is a clean sport,why don't they test the top 20 tennis players five times or just more often ( three, four times ) than all the rest of tennis players?

      In other words:

      they can talk the talk but can they walk the walk???



      All the best!

      Fabrice

      PS it has been very simple to find it, you just have to type on google: tennis has a steroid problem

      and you'll get it among the first results!!

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    3. Regarding both the video, which doesn't seem to show much and the need for more testing; it would be interesting for the ATP and WTA to conduct random tests of the various designer potions the players drink during matches.

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    4. Holy shit. That video is insane. Djoko's team was putting in some kinds of chemicals into the water and then giving it to him. This has got to be investigated. I have never seen the players box handing off bottles of water to the players and especially the players coaches putting some medications into the water in a clearly sneaky manner. This is trouble and getting closer to proof of some kind of PEDs on Djokovic team.

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    5. Come on, you don't really think that doping at his level happens a) in plain sight during b) a match he was never even close to losing

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    7. I don't know if anybody else remembers this but a similar thing happened in a Ferrer match last year. He was given some tablets directly from his camp, I think they were said to be paracetamol for a headache. Neither instance proves that they're dopers but surely there should be restrictions on such things.

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    8. Of course I think doping would happen at this level. What better place to fill Djoko with PEDs than right on the court during a match where it is a microdose that will likely exit his system before the end of the match in a few hours. It sounds to me like nefarious brilliance, actually.

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    9. Of course I think doping would happen at this level. What better place to fill Djoko with PEDs than right on the court during a match where it is a microdose that will likely exit his system before the end of the match in a few hours. It sounds to me like nefarious brilliance, actually.

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    10. Too risky to do it there - if he loses he's likely tested after the match, when he's still glowing.

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  40. I've made a mistake in the last post, sorry, I was in a hurry!

    Hence, here is the right version!

    Not:

    "hence, the consequent Crucial Question is :

    if ITF, ATP and WTA keep on saying that professional tennis is a clean sport,why don't they test the top 20 tennis players five times or just more often ( three, four times ) than all the rest of tennis players?

    In other words:

    they can talk the talk but can they walk the walk???"

    But the right version is:

    "hence, the consequent Crucial Question is :

    if ITF, ATP and WTA keep on saying that professional tennis is a clean sport,why don't make WADA ( World Anti Doping Agency ) test independently the top 20 tennis players five times or just more often ( three, four times ) than all the rest of tennis players?

    In other words:

    they can talk the talk but can they walk the walk???"



    Pretty different!!

    Again sorry for the mistake, but I was in a hurry!

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

    1PS the usual and most logical answer:
    "Turkeys don't vote for Christmas!"
    2PS Turkeys = Managers of ITF, ATP, WTA and Top Tennis Players of ATP and WTA!!





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  41. What are the most effective forms of legal supplementation (I include the CVAC in this) that are available to athletes?

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    1. Are you kidding that CVAC is one of the most effective forms of legal supplementation??



      If you go to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) website, you can find their anti-doping code.

      A substance shall be considered for inclusion on the Prohibited List if the substance is a masking agent or meets two of the following three criteria:

      It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance;
      It represents a potential or actual health risk; or
      It is contrary to the spirit of sport. None of the three criteria alone is a sufficient basis for adding a substance to the Prohibited List. Using the potential to enhance performance as the sole criteria would include, for example, physical and mental training, red meat, carbohydrate loading and training at altitude. Risk of harm would include smoking.

      Notice the WADA code specifically states that none of the three criteria is sufficient on its own for inclusion to the Prohibited List. That’s why red meat and carbohydrate loading, while they are considered to be performance-enhancing under criteria #1, are not on the Prohibited Substances list, because they do not represent a health risk to the athlete (at least not in the same way that recreational drugs would) and are not contrary to the spirit of the sport.

      Altitude training, whose effects the CVAC pod is supposed to imitate, meets criteria #1 of performance-enhancing measures. So if I were to treat those two as equal, then the CVAC pod device meets criteria #1. WADA has already commented that the CVAC pod device, unlike altitude training on its own, is against the spirit of the sport. So the CVAC pod device meets two of the three criteria for inclusion on the Prohibited List and should be on that list. Now, I’m sure there is more research that needs to be done on this device before WADA makes a ruling, but it seems if you put #1 and #3 together, use of this device should already have been prohibited by WADA. From my understanding, the CVAC device is different from a basic oxygen tent because the pod increases barometric pressure on the person to more effectively deliver oxygen to the blood.



      Source: https://mariposaxprs.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/the-egg-conundrum/

      To sum up in very few words:

      the CVAC pod device meets two of the three criteria for inclusion on the Prohibited List by WADA and as a logical consequence, it should be on that list.

      Period!!

      No further comment is necessary!!!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

      PS the same goes in politics: in theory, corruption of politicians is illegal; in practice, lobbying through financial funds for political campaigns is just legalized corruption!!!!

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    2. Interesting comment Fabrice, I had no idea it was thus. So effectively Djokovic has admitted to using something that should be on WADA's prohibited list. And he's getting away with it.

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    3. To be more precise:

      Top athletes around the world, including football, basketball and soccer stars, use hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Djokovic said he only uses hyperbaric pods in the U.S. and Australia, because access and regulations are challenging in Europe. He said there is still a stigma about oxygen therapy, that it gives athletes who use it an unfair advantage.

      “It’s very sensitive, especially in the European part of the world,” he said. “I wish I can have this all over the place, I wish.”

      Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/tennis-players-get-an-oxygen-fix-1454023796

      In other words, in the USA it is a legal practice but in some parts of Europe, it is considered an illegal practice, that is doping!!

      In further other words, in the USA it is just legalized doping, instead in some parts of Europe it always remains doping which is illegal!!

      As I said in the previous post:

      "the same goes in politics: in theory, corruption of politicians is illegal; in practice, lobbying through financial funds for political campaigns is just legalized corruption!!!!"

      Question:

      guess which is the Western country where this kind of legalized corruption in politics is most widespread?

      Answer:

      USA!!

      What a strange coincidence...!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice, greetings from Italy

      PS just for an example, in Italy, it is considered doping 100%!!

      Obviously, it doesn't mean at all that in Italy professional sports are clean because for example doping was, has beeen and is rampant in Italian football, several Italian football players have died from diseases caused by massive doping!!

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    4. That's true. What I was getting at is that we might be seeing one of the smartest dopers across any sport at any time. If for instance, we are supposed to believe that Nadal did suffer silent bans, and for some reason, cannot continue with his doping plan, this then means that Djokovic has not given the ITF reason to impose a silent ban on him, nor is his doping scheme bound to cause red flags with the biological passport (assuming that Nadal's scheme was affected by the introduction of the passport and wasn't done purely for health reasons).

      That said, I do give credit to Djokovic for actually improving his game. I doubt that doping alone would have helped him beat Federer in all these recent matches, his serve and forehand have been significantly improved over the last year.

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  42. I remind you that Djokovic is six year younger than Federer and the Serbian champion has played 467 matches less than the Swiss Maestro because:
    Total matches played by Federer: 1307
    Total matches played by Djokovic: 844

    Not small things, far from it!!

    Apart from that, in a recent interview Djokovic was asked:

    "Why don't you run the Belgrade marathon as your brother has just made it?"

    His answer: "I'll run the Belgrade marathin soon after I end up my career in professional tennis, I can't risk to waste precious physical resources of energy just to run a marathon for charity"

    Obvious consideration that any independent thinker and sports practitioner can make about this fact:

    "Excuse me, Mr. Djokovic, you have been N 1 ATP for a long time by now, you aren't old from a professional sport point of view, hence, you should be a super athlete and running a marathon scares you?? You Cannot Be Serious!!"

    All the best!

    Fabrice

    PS any super athlete who is super athlete because he/she has developed his/her physical capacities in natural ways wouldn't be scared at all of running a simple marathon just for charity!!

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