Sunday, March 27, 2016

"Tennis is a clean sport"

For a laugh, read this interview with ITF president David Haggerty. He repeats the now stock phrase of the ITF's anti-doping program that "It's not necessarily quantity, it's the quality of what you do."

In fact, his statement is pretty similar to former ITF president Ricci Bitti's claim that ""Quantity doesn't mean quality. The program in anti-doping has to be very focused and I'm proud to say the tennis program is one of the best."

Of course, neither man offers any evidence whatsoever supporting the assertion that the ITF has a quality program.

Also, here are the USADA's testing numbers of American tennis players for 2016 (as of March 23):

10 Athletes Selected
16 Total Tests

Athlete Name
Test Count

Robert C Bryan
3

Jamie Hampton
1

John Isner
1

Steve Johnson
1

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
1

Sloane Stephens
1

CoCo Vandeweghe
1

Serena J Williams
3

Venus E Williams
3

Donald Young
1

19 comments:

  1. "We want to make sure that every single consumer and spectator believes that tennis is a clean sport, because it is," Haggerty said.

    Source:

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/03/25/sports/tennis/ap-ten-itf-president-interview.html?_r=0

    2 Questions:

    1) If you say that tennis is really a clean sport, why do you say that you need to make people believe that tennis is a clean sport?

    2) Why do you speak about consumers and spectators of professional tennis if the most important thing for professional tennis is to have people ( young, middle aged, etc..) who really play tennis?

    Answer:

    "I'm here to brainwash people to attract more sedentay tennis fans and in so doing our top tennis professional players can dope themeselves better and better to make tons of money because professional tennis isn't a professional sport, it's just a business and the key to make much more profitable a business is to have an ignorant audience, for this reason I was speaking about consumers and spectators and not about people who really play tennis or other sports!!"

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

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  2. Just a correction of the answer, here is the right version:

    "I'm here to brainwash people to attract more sedentay tennis fans and in so doing our top tennis professional players can dope themeselves better and better to make tons of money because professional tennis isn't a professional sport, it's just a business and the easiest way to make a business much more profitable in the short-mid term is to have an ignorant audience, for this reason I was speaking about consumers and spectators and not about people who really play tennis or other sports!!"

    Pardon, I was in a hurry!

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

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  3. Congrats to the initiator and author of this blog. Doping in tennis has become a mainstream topic. The truth will prevail, and little will be left once it is all out.

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  4. Guys, have yo seen the 'marvelous players' of the next generation? Almost as physical as our Big 4? Zverev, Thiem, Coric...

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    1. Zverev is physically pretty ridiculous, just a slim giant of almost 2 meters!!

      Thiem and Coric are only physically pretty fit to make a career as a professional athlete but they aren't suspicious at all from a muscular point of view; it should be useless to remind that they aren't professional poker players or sport journalists who just drink and talk!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

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    2. At the moment Zverev and Coric can't get through a long match without cramping, but let's not forget that they're only 18.

      We'll see how their fitness improves...as the years go by.

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    3. As far as

      "We'll see how their fitness improves...as the years go by"

      You're right!!

      Zeverev has already hired a special athletic trainer: the man who had worked with Murray making him transform from a slim anchovy to an Olympian Swimmer....!!

      As far as Coric, I don't think he will put on more muscles to become like Nadal because he is already very close to Djokovic and so maybe that when Djokovic retires, he will pass to Coric his special performing secrets...!!

      All the best!

      Fabrice

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    4. Speaking of Andy Murray, it is known that a young Murray trained in Spain. During that time his coach was a Spaniard called Pato Alvarez.

      Now here is former Netherlands player John van Lottum commenting in 2004 on doping in Tennis:

      “I’ve once actually seen something suspicious, two years ago in Barcelona. I saw along with two other tennis players that the Spanish coach Pato Alvarez put an injection into the buttock Carlos Cuadrado. He was a youth champion of Roland Garros. We have reported that to the ATP then boy is then never heard from again.”

      http://vorige.nrc.nl//dossiers/doping/recente_affaires/article1620032.ece/Tennis_schoon_Laat_me_niet_lachen

      Pato Alvarez was Andy Murray's coach from 2002-2005

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/13243702
      https://twitter.com/andy_murray/status/19443336665

      Interesting, no?

      Regards to you.

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    5. Spanish coach doping Spanish player, sure. But can't see them taking risk of doping kids from other countries, and why would they want to anyway?

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    6. @UntitledK9

      Thank you very much for your useful updates!!

      Anyway, as far as "Zeverev has already hired a special athletic trainer: the man who had worked with Murray making him transform from a slim anchovy to an Olympian Swimmer....!!"

      Here he is:

      1) Zverev’s greatest challenge over the next couple of seasons will lie in managing the physical transition that every tennis prodigy has to go through. At the moment, he still looks coltish and spindly – even after stacking on more than half a stone in muscle over the off-season. His body shape actually resembles Murray’s at the same age, despite the extra couple of inches in height. Which may explain why he has spent the past two years working with Jez Green, the same fitness trainer who guided Murray’s own athletic evolution between 2007 and 2014.
      Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/andymurray/12104525/Australian-Open-2016-Andy-Murray-must-beware-Roger-Federer-influence-in-Alexander-Zverev.html

      2) Jez Green confesses how he can bring Alexander Zverev to top fitness level

      Former trainer of Murray then revealed that the game became more physical in recent years. He told that sixteen year old player now needs five years to be ready compete every day at the men"s tour and Nadal was prepared to do that with his seventeen years. Guest at the podcast then confessed: ""At first I told him to expect nothing for three years"", and noted that it"s been three years since they"re together and that he will need two more years to bring him to the level of readiness of players like Andy, Rafa, Roger, Novak.

      Source:

      http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Jez-Green-confesses-how-he-can-bring-Alexander-Zverev-to-top-fitness-level-articolo31284.html

      3)Jez Green Biography

      http://jezgreen.com/biography

      In particular, to notice at the end of the homepage:

      "The concept endorses the methodology that elite tennis athletes must condition "movements, not muscles"."

      Consequent Question:

      why then Murray has transformed his body from being a dried anchovy to being an Olympic swimmer?

      Answer:

      "You Cannot Be Serious!!!"
      by John McEnroe, tennis legend.


      All the best!!

      Fabrice

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    7. @UntitledK9

      Obviously, I've taken for granted that the answer:

      "You Cannot Be Serious!!!"
      by John McEnroe, tennis legend.

      refers to the concept above explained by Jez Green. Hence, to be more precise, it becomes:

      "He Cannot Be Serious about the concept he has just explained!!"

      All the best!

      Fabrice




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  5. "This game is biased as anything. You all know it as well. It's biased as shit, this game. What else has it got to hide? It's ruined. Absolutely ruined."

    Nick Kyrgios, after receiving a code violation in his 4th round match for swatting a ball into the stands. But you sense he is talking about something else, something far bigger than umpire bias. As he says - "what else has it got to hide?" (after referring to Rafa, interestingly). An overreaction to an umpiring decision - or is he indicating that he knows something else, much more serious and corrupting, is going on in the sport?

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    2. Last year, soon after an anti doping test made out of competion, Kyrgios wrote an angry tweet like that:

      "Why don't they look for those players who are really on doping!!"

      Few hours later, he crossed out that tweet!!

      Plus the sentence you have just mentioned and connecting the dots is just a child's play!!

      Unless for tennis journalists..!!

      Best regards.

      Fabrice

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  6. That kyrgios comment called my attention as well

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  7. From 2009, but still a good read

    http://www.insidetennis.com/2009/10/short-history-drugs-tennis/

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  8. A young cyclist on the verge of 23 years old suffers a fatal heart attack at Criterium International in corsia.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/belgian-cyclist-daan-myngheer-dies-following-heart-attack-1.2590616

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  9. Interesting that Rob Bryan already has 3 tests this year and his brother has none. He had 7 last year, while his brother had 4. Seems like they are targeting Rob.

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    1. Err, I guess he goes by Bob and not Rob.

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