Monday, September 19, 2016

Nadal: Then and Now

It's quite amazing how precise athletes get with language when they are caught out on the TUEs (see Wiggins, Bradley)

March 2016: "I have been open all my career...I never tried to hide nothing that I did. I did [platelet-rich plasma], and then I did stem cells. The first time with PRP, it worked fantastic, and the second time it was bad. I had to stop playing tennis for seven months....With stem cells, I used it two times on my knees and it worked very well. I am not doing, never did and never [am] going to do something wrong."

September 19, 2016: "If I have taken anything at any point during my career it was because I asked for and was given permission to do so; under that premise, it is not illegal...Never in my life have I taken anything to enhance my performance. It is simply that doctors granted permission for me to take a product to help my knee."

106 comments:

  1. Nadal has taken now twice taken drugs that WADA constitutes as doping at the moment when he took them. He then got a therapeutic use exemption AFTER taking the prohibited drugs in both cases. Why did he not get permission BEFORE taking the drugs?

    Given the ATP's policy not to reveal positive doping tests (e.g. Agassi's silent ban) at the time this is a huge deal and can indeed be considered a legal permission to dope (as it was in Armstrong's case).

    I hope we'll see more leaks of Russian and International athletes.

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  2. If Nadal was out of competition when he got those TUEs is there any way of finding out if he had an OOC test during those times? Is it possible that he only applied for the TUEs because he was tested and knew he would test positive?

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  3. Nadal had 7+ OOC tests in 2012. Too bad we don't know when they were.

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  4. Only problem is, Rafa, that the dope you were taking and were given backdated TUE's for (Lance Armstrong -style) doesn't help your knees anyway!

    This is pure legalised doping. Not even 'legalised' - rather, covered up doping. Covering up started by Stuart Miller. Well done Mr. Miller!

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  5. Very interesting to see how authorities/participants across the different sports are reacting to the WADA hacking of athletes' data - at least with regard to stories I have been reading (admittedly mainly on UK athletes)

    Cycling - Brad Wiggins is being intensely scrutinised by peers and journos alike.

    Athletics - some auiet murmuring over Farah, although that may be exacerbated by the Salazar issues from previously.

    Tennis - either deathly silence or victim mentality.

    Surely it can only be a matter of time before Raffer is held to account for the backdating of his bizarre (in a medical context) TUE?

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  6. Although Stewart Miller is the person who officially sanctions/signs off on TUEs in tennis, he has no medical qualifications and does not determine the medical validity of the applications. That is outsourced to a Stockholm based company called IDTM, which also runs doping control collection for tennis. I'd be curious to see if/how the ITF briefs them re: rigor of the process or if they just advise them to "adhere to the WADA code".

    http://idtm.se/services/therapeutic-use-exemptions/

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  7. On this blog, I have read about TUE and how this legalized doping might explain - in part - the Nadal saga, several years ago. Kudos to THASP and his well informed readers that add information in the comment section. It's not (yet?) the big story, but it is out there in mainstream media, being noticed, and the comment section of this Swiss German paper sounds similar to the comments here: http://www.blick.ch/sport/mehr_sport/olympiasieger-im-visier-jetzt-steht-auch-nadal-und-farah-am-doping-pranger-id5509683.html

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    1. Interesting.

      I hope that cheating, doped up, arse scratching bastard finally gets nailed to the wall.

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    2. With everything about Nadal the pinnacle of his slimey arrogance was when he threatened to ban an umpire from officiating in his future matches with camera's rolling and that threat clearly carried through afterword. Not a word of criticism to be heard. I wonder then if nobody in the Tennis world cares that he has the command to blacklist an official following the rules of the game. What impact will a positive drug test or a boogey TUE have?

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  8. This TUE story is as lame as they come. I am waiting for real information on doping. If someone has a ton of wins and you are using few TUEs to justify these wins, you are just not very bright.

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    1. ...or you know about the iceberg theory. Not so bright people see just a tiny junk of frozen water above the surface.

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    2. This is exactly what it is, the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately, in these current times, the media prefers to hide and bury certain truths rather than dig like they used to. I hope I'm wrong, but I am expecting the press will try to let this story die instead of pursuing it like it should. I'm also expecting the tennis broadcasters to not even say a word about this come the 2017 Australian Open. But for us, this is a major victory and validation of what many here have been claiming for years. Kudos.

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    3. Has nothing to do with iceberg theory. There are rules and they could be exploited or used appropriately. Venus said there are anonymous doctors involved in the TUE application and delivery process. Some TUE application have been rejected.

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    4. Has nothing to do with iceberg theory. There are rules and they could be exploited or used appropriately. Venus said there are anonymous doctors involved in the TUE application and delivery process. Some TUE application have been rejected.

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    5. You are celebrating only because Federer's files couldn't be accessed since he didn't participate to the Olympics. Federer's undetected illness which for whatever reason lasted more than a year and turned out to be mononucleus, which some claim is associated with doping. Federer miraculous case of overnight recovery that surprised the french reporters, etc. Not to forget the match fixing scandal, If the broadcasters don't spend time talking about Roger's situation, why would they do it for anyone else?
      Why don't they make everyone's files available??? Just because federer's files weren't published doesn't mean he didn't get any TUE throughout his career

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    7. You are right about only one thing with Serena: it doesn't take a TUE for "flu" to suggest she is a doper. The list of other red flags is longer than my arm. But your sad little mind will never accept that, because her posters are all over your wall. And likely on your bedroom ceiling, too.

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  9. So it's at the ready with the preempted statement time - just in case Fancy bears outs you. So lets see the excuses roll in...Injuries, asthma, illness, digestive troubles, ADHD, maybe even the bubonic plague.

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  10. Update #5 from Fancy Bears should appear tomorrow. Can't wait. As far as I'm concerned, since these TUEs are mostly retroactive, they are just doping offences approved by Wada. If only Maria hadn't opened her big mouth, she would already be back on court. If any athlete says they need a TUE for asthma or ADHD then I say B.S. because those conditions are permanent and wouldn't qualify for a TUE.

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    1. ???
      The conditions may be permanent but the competitions are not all year long. BMS condition is permanent, etc.
      Don't use richard as a reference, he is always confused.

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    2. So you're saying a tennis player with asthma would be getting a TUE every time a tournament comes around? Really? Best that they choose a different career path.

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  11. Asthma can be a permanent condition. It doesn't mean you have asthma everyday. It comes and goes.

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    1. Regrettably, your stupidity doesn't "come and go" - it is a permanent condition also. But you are the only one who can't see it. I would suggest a back-dated TUE if I thought it would help but your condition is clearly incurable.

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    2. well, ahem, if a person has asthma they must keep an inhaler on them at all times, in case they experience an asthma attack. There are two types: reliever inhalers and preventer inhalers and they all contain steroids. There are also bronchodilator inhalers (i.e.: formoterol, which is one of the banned substances that Venus was taking), which can be used along with the others. I don't think an athlete would have time to apply for a TUE if they were unable to breathe and at risk of dying. So if an athlete has asthma I would guess they also have steroids on their person.

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    3. richard, what's up with all the name calling? When I say you are always confused, it wasn't serious. I know you're confused most of the time but don't take always confused too literally. Come on, I thought you know better than that.

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    4. Ex-doping chief Michelle Verokken claims coaches have encouraged athletes to use banned asthma drugs when they had nothing wrong with them

      https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/othersports/1820625/ex-doping-chief-michelle-verokken-claims-coaches-have-encouraged-athletes-to-use-banned-asthma-drugs-when-they-had-nothing-wrong-with-them/

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      Abusing the system.

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    5. Doesn't mean many cases are not legit. As long as Venus condition is correct which I know it is, that's all that matters.

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    6. The top Norwegian ski runners are taking drugs against asthma nad Therese Johug (forgive me misplelling her name) was surprised that this topic was even braught up to public. She was too honest and gave the feeling that she has no asthma at all. This was a major headline in there.
      Along with man champion in ski running who was caught with too big dose of asthma drugs but it was his doctor who was punished... For adminstering the winning dose.
      What a farce!

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    7. Eric Ed:
      Please expand. You know for a fact Venus' condition is correct?

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  12. Decision in the case of Varvara Lepchenko: provisional suspension lifted. She tested positive for meldonium on January but she stopped taking the drug around 20 December 2015.
    http://www.itftennis.com/news/243008.aspx

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  13. THE CURIOUS CASE OF RAFAEL NADAL!

    Here is a useful reminder to cut the head off the snake once for ever!!

    Premise:

    Post written by Vincent, extracted from the mind-blowing article

    "The Curious Case of Rafael Nadal"

    Here it is!!


    " Excellent write-up, THASP. At the risk of bloating this post some more, I think you should add three important links, two of which are regrettably in French, but which are in my mind critical for understanding the whole RG 09 - Wim 09 charade.

    This article http://www.lemonde.fr/cgi-bin/ACHATS/acheter.cgi?offre=ARCHIVES&type_item=ART_ARCH_30J&objet_id=1083092&clef=ARC-TRK-NC_01 reports that, on the 19th of May 2009, so exactly just FIVE DAYS before the start of Roland-Garros, the AFLD (French anti-doping agency renowned for its uncompromising stance) announces that it had negociated with the ITF the right to conduct TARGETED, UNANNOUNCED tests at Roland-Garros.

    On Friday 29th, day 6 of Roland-Garros, two days before his fateful match against Soderling, Rafael Nadal complains vehemently about anti-doping and announces that, the other morning, his good friends David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco were woken up at 6 am for UNANNOUNCED testing. He gets blasted by the Telegraph in this article : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/5410931/French-Open-2009-Rafael-Nadal-is-no-exception-to-the-drug-testing-rules.html

    On the same day, David Ferrer loses against Soderling. Two days later, Nadal and Verdasco exit the tournament.

    After Roland-Garros has ended, the AFLD announced it has conducted 20 additional targeted test (link : http://www.rmc.fr/editorial/80462/roland-garros-l-afld-a-assure-une-vingtaine-de-controles-supplementaires/). It was the first and last year the AFLD was allowed to conduct TARGETED, UNANNOUNCED tests at the French Open.

    Let everyone form his own conclusions. "

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

    PS I had saved a precious copy of the whole article ( all the posts included ) "The Curious Case of Rafale Nadal"!!

    It has been a Masterpiece!!

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  14. In March, Nadal said that he would sue the former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot over doping allegations. The week before that he said: “I am a completely clean guy. I work so much during all my career, and when I get an injury, I get an injury. I never take nothing to be back quicker.”

    Nadal’s TUEs are likely to prompt further questions after it emerged that he received intramuscular injections of Tetracosactide, which stimulates the production of corticosteroids and has been named in several doping cases involving cyclists. The Spaniard was injured at the time the certificate was retrospectively applied for in August 2012.

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    1. I doubt that law suit will go through.

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    2. I raised this point in one of the other recent THASP entries.

      A semi-decent solicitor/barrister could take Nadal's 'clean' claims apart with the wording Nadal himself used, in light of the TUE issue.

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    3. You mean his double negative?

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  15. Professor John Dickinson, of the University of Kent, a world-leading expert in respiratory issues: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/15/tue-fancy-bears-wada-leaks
    Q: Are there ways around the system?

    A: Sure. Dickinson says: “Most sports medicine doctors treat on the basis of making sure their athlete is healthy but some unscrupulous ones will wave through a little extra help so, say, they recover quicker.” He also believes the use of oral corticosteroids, which are more powerful than the drugs found in inhalers, should not be allowed. “If someone’s asthma is that bad they should not be competing,” he says.

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  16. I hope this all helps the credibility of those who have been hinting,talking, or screaming of Doping in Tennis for years. The incredible resistance to any intelligent observation and examining of this issue in sport has been disgusting. I have said this here and other places before, but I was suspended or banned from websites and blogs immediately back in 09/10 when I mentioned Nadal as a cheat. I also got in trouble from my boss who actually was the first person I knew working to expose Cheats in this sport. He was upset with me because coming out publicly when the "proof" was still a major work in progress was a mistake. I agreed with him and kept under the radar on this subject ever since.

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    1. Tennis Crier stands for the truth :)
      I wonder how your boss feels about this now.

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  17. One such person who banned me from her blog is now a writer for the WTA site. (maybe SI still as well). She banned me for arguing with another reader who attacked me when I called out Nadal and his fake MTOs at Wimbledon.

    The first week when it was always tough for him on fresh grass vs big servers. The MTOs were always used to big effect for him to break opponents serve rhythms back then. There were also other reports about his angry outbursts in Hotel Rooms and other things that never came out publicly. Then of course the doping.

    This "girl" banned me once - I got back on her blog with another nick. She then argued me as to why I have to say such bad things about great players. Of course she was a professed Nadal fan. I tried to give her my side of it in a clear intelligent way. I was promptly banned again. This is the kind of media fandom everyone who wants a clean sport is up against. I almost can't blame the ITF for not wanting to actually catch the cheats for fear of the repercussions.

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  18. One last thing that may seem a divergence, but actually has a point about truthfulness in sports from the athletes who play them.

    I have been keeping a thorough list this entire year on around 400 players (M&F) on their injuries and Fatigue(Emotionally/Mentally/Physically). Of course Fatigue plays a bigger part as most players don't carry injuries that are disabling enough to miss major time. BUT, most players (at least over half) are carrying some sort of injury at any given time. I have watched and read like a Hawk trying to get the accuracy of all the conditions of the players throughout the year.

    Now, to the point. The least reliable source for finding out about injuries or fatigue or anything else is the PLAYER! It's as I had always suspected. The players don't want to admit to anything troubling OR will use it as an excuse. Players avoid and sometimes lie. ALL THE TIME.

    Now, I'm sure this isn't a surprise to a lot of readers here. But check in on the normal fan, punter or commentator. It's all about PLAYER INTERVIEWS. What did the player say? God's word. Not only do they hide from the truth about their own conditions. They are so subjective about outside conditions (court,ball,climate) that they are continually in error and sometimes just admit THEY DON'T KNOW. This was the case at this year's US Open where both Nick Kyrgios and John Isner asked the media to please stop asking them questions about court conditions as they really don't know enough or pay attention enough to comment. I applauded this on twitter and Nick actually liked my tweet.

    So, in saying all this as it applies to Doping, there should be absolutely zero credence placed in anything said by the players. "Insular" only begins to cover this sport. Novak said repeatedly that he he was fine physically for the US Open. For 2 weeks. Then when he lost he said he was suffering physically. It's a joke.

    I hope hackers, investigators continue to find out more and shine the light so bright that even the most fearful blind fans won't be able to ignore this issue any longer. Then there may finally be a chance of having clean competition again. Talent, Ingenuity, Hard Work. Period.

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    1. Awesome info. As a tennis insider, what is your take on the sycophant media types like Jon Wertheim (who tries to appear edgy once in a while but is fooling no one) and the pro tennis broadcasters on ESPN and the like? As a fan, I find them asinine in their "analyses" and aggravating most of the time: they lick the boots of the major stars all the time, finding excuses for them and, of course, never touch the topic of doping with a ten-foot pole, not unlike the tennis.com writers who all sound like fawning schoolgirls when writing about the elite players.

      P.S. In regard to Kyrgios: I usually don't care for mercurial/showboat-type players, but I have been liking him more and more over the last few years as he seems like a loose cannon who could blow wide open this omerta/charade that is doping in tennis -- granted he doesn't start doping himself. He doesn't seem to give a s**t about anyone, be they Challenger-level players or all-time greats.

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    2. Agree about Kyrgios - he is certainly someone with the attitude to blow the lid off doping culture. Unfortunately I don't think he is a (big) doper and probably lhears little more than whispers, similar to us.

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  19. And with perfect timing, some minnow ranked 164 is publicly shamed for being busted due to excessive gambling on matches. Such a seismic development will of course dwarf any issues around Senor Hum-bull:

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/tennis-player-ranked-164-world-8882799.amp?client=safari

    Such is the sound integrity of tennis; always fighting tirelessly against dopers, fixers and various other charlatans... provided of course that such individuals are ranked 150 in the world or below.

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  20. Probably learned it from the best

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  21. Overall, the attitude towards doping in top tennis (above ranking 150) by the fans, press, sponsors and sport authorities is: DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL. The show must go on! ...and go find these darn hackers and silence them. I wonder how this blog managed to stay on air so long, but wasn't there an issue about "the curious case of ..."?

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    1. It was of course taken down, and to my knowledge THASP never explained why.

      Most of us saved a copy of course:..

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    2. For those of us who didn't save a copy, is there a safe way to access it?

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    3. http://www.menstennisforums.com/24193090-post37.html

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    4. Several versions are archived here:

      http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/curious-case-of-rafael-nadal.html

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    5. I got this message on a THASP-like page: "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."

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    6. Try here:

      http://web.archive.org/web/20150506221433/http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/curious-case-of-rafael-nadal.html

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  22. Most/all of the old posts from years ago are gone. I tried searching for 'knocking me out with those Serbian thighs' recently for the rather sick photo of tipsarevic's quad muscles and couldn't find it.

    On another note, Sen/thasp update the blog when they can, keep it up and running, give good news and allow good discussion, and have done so for many many years. This blog Has made a real difference over the years and I bet that top journalists and players are sifting the recent post at and comments about fancy bear's leaks. I don't think Sen owes us a single thing in way of explanation about anything he has or hasn't chosen to do. Just my take.

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    1. Nobody's criticising Sen or suggesting he owes us anything.

      I mention 'The Curious Case...' because it was a major footnote in this blog, and was taken down without explanation. It would be interesting to know why, that's all.

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    2. I see this the same way, it's not at all a criticism or demanding explanations. I am just intrigued and curious about 'The Curious Case...' having become a curious case in itself by disappearing from this blog. Some powerful people out there are saying "don't ask, don't tell", but our hero Sen has kept this post alive and kicking. Was he threatened? How much 'wrong' are the wrongdoers ready to do to keep this show alive and the money flowing?

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    3. Was THASP strong-armed by Tio?

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    4. My guess he was threatened with litigation, or perhaps they went even as far as serving a legal notice or two. Which was then probably withdrawn in return for taking out the most incriminating articles with the proviso that this never be explained publicly. I know, this sounds crazy but this is how corporations operate to protect their brand value. A co-worker of mine was silently laid off and I called him up one day to ask how he is doing. He was very cagey and sidestepped all my questions about why he was laid off. I learnt later that the termination agreement had a clause which essentially buys silence for an extra few thousand dollars with threat of heavy litigation if that agreement is violated.

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    5. Of course they sift through this blog. I've already seen it. But I won't be specific.

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    6. In that case, Uncle Tony, please read this as well: I have no respect for him whatsoever and that isn't borne out of anger. It comes from the realization that he has failed to meet what I consider the criteria for being a role model in this sport and life. In that category, the h2h of your nephew is gruesome compared to ... everybody in modern sports.

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    7. I don't think that it's a coincidence that the curious case of Rafael Natal has been removed while it's obvious to everyone that Natal isn't doping anywhere near his hey day,in fact ever since all the suspicions started turning into accusations Natal started losing a lot more matches he was expected to win

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  23. Fancy Bears has released instalment #5 of their hack job.

    http://fancybear.net/pages/5.html

    No tennis players this time. Mostly swimmers, cyclists, rowers...but many different sports implicated really.

    Okay I realize these athletes all had TUEs but what I'm seeing is if it's this easy to get a TUE why bother breaking the rules? The system is so flawed if so many athletes are getting anti-doping sanctioned assistance. It's mind-boggling really.

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  24. The debate is in the mainstream : http://mobile2.tagesanzeiger.ch/articles/57e440dcab5c3749d7000001

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  25. The pressure in the press is building up and public clamour is growing. Here in the UK, Bradley Wiggins is under most scrutiny. My worry is in the end, they'll make an example of one or two big names, close down or replace WADA, clamp down on TUEs and let the Russians back in to all competitions. It'll be a small victory however. The system will remain open to abuse - athletes will still dope out of competition, use undetectable designer drugs, gene dope, etc. One loop hole will close but tens of others will remain. Sports like football and rugby will remain untouched by this episode. I wonder at what point will the public realise that there is something strange going on? Isn't the dead give away the increase in body mass size of athletes in the 80s compared to today? You only have to look at old tennis and football on youtube to know that athletes seems to have grown unnaturally in size. The other trend of doping is in hollywood - most of the big male leads in hollywood seems to be taking something. There's a unhealthy reported trend of young instagrammers doping to look good. Is doping a passing phase till majority of the public realise what's up? Or is it something that will just become part of our culture in due course - Will future mums pack 5 doping pills in every school kids packed lunch in a distant reality?

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    1. Tennis parents most likely already pack doping pills into their kids daily. Theres a lot of money to be made in elite sports - Tennis particularly where all you have to do is make it to a certain level. I read some things about the capabilities of Tennis parents and i'm in disbelief - Apparently Ivan Lendl's mother use to tie him to a railing outside a Tennis court while she played a match. Don't know if this is True...but wow thats messed up.

      Think of Sharapova and her father allowing a doctor to prescribe her all those pills. His reasoning probably was it'll be worthwhile once dear little Masha starts raking in the dollars and he won't have to wash dishes anymore.

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  26. BBC newsnight programme really threw Wiggins under the bus last night

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37456623

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    1. Good.

      "If you look solely at the pattern of the TUEs of Bradley Wiggins then you would say that this looks very suspicious. It's something that a rider would do if he wants to perform well in a grand tour, something that I would do, something that I did."

      At the very least, I hope this hack by Fancy Bears will make the authorities think twice before granting TUEs in the future. I think maybe we might see a decline in the overall performance of certain tennis players who, in the past, have relied on TUEs. That's my hope anyway.

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    2. Sorry, that above quote was from disgraced rider Michael Rasmussen speaking about Wiggins. And he should know a thing or two about doping.

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  27. Serena Williams is tired of playing tournaments unhealthy.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/tennis/serena-williams-injury-fashion-week/
    Please can the WADA approve another TUE, obviously she's suffering from **Enter here**. Serena needs to get healthy and start wining again.

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    1. Strange, this is the first reported thing she's said in the press since her TUEs were released. Wasnt she taking corticosteroids too?

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    2. Yep, Prednisone, also some high octane painkillers.
      But all TUE's can be explained away easily because of documented illness and injuries in the Serena show. So another TUE is obviously pending.

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    3. This comment is dumb. Serena was clearly injured in Paris, Rio and New York, yet didn't take any TUE then or at all this year. Prednisone is perfectly legal outside of competition (and all but like 3 of her TUEs were not necessary) and she clearly isn't going to play again, so no, she doesn't need another TUE.

      I'm as suspicious of her as the next person, but ignoring facts to pile on is just as unhelpful as ignoring facts to pretend doping doesn't exist..

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    4. TUE's are "perfectly legal", so what is it exactly about Serena your as suspicious of as the next person? please explain...

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    5. I'm just going to assume you didn't understand my wording. Let me rephrase:

      Prednisone, oxycodone and hydrocodone are all drugs that are only illegal *in competition*. They are completely legal for anyone outside of competition: if they show up in an athlete's out of competition test, there is no foul. Do you understand now?

      Of the 9 separate TUE drugs listed for Serena, only 3 of them were actually in-competition and relevant to this discussion. I don't know why the TUEs are there - it mainly seems that they were just being careful in case of traces, etc. But for 6/9 of her TUEs, she would NOT have failed any test without the TUEs. This is an unarguable fact.

      Knowing this, we should talk about the three 2014-2015 in-competition TUEs. But ignoring facts and acting like she has taken out a million in her career just doesn't advance this topic in any way. Simple.

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    6. Well i didn't understand your statement on Prednisione being "perfectly legal outside of competition" when the TUE for 40mg of the oral Corticosteriod is clearly backdated to the day before the French Open final.
      How can anyone except the parties involved know the intimacies of her TUE's? But at this time considering she is clearly injured and has applied for TUE's in the past she didn't need, its a fair observation that she might do so again...especially since the season has not ended and Serena has only pulled out of Wuhan and Bejing to date.

      Makes little difference anyway TUE's are perfectly legal, she could have a million and it would be all above board.

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    7. Which TUE Serena used that she didn't need? Do you want her to be ready to play the French Open final after thr day of the final?

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    8. Serena doesn't really need TUE's. She has a panic room.

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    9. Asked about TUE's/doping and off she goes..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g12Wa0on9L0

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  29. Since it's been confirmed that the DHEA TUE athlete was indeed BMS (which we'd already worked out on THASP), I thought it'd be interesting to revisit the 2016 Aus open during which Beth and other players (Djokovic, Murray, Raonic, Ivanovic, Isner, Sock, and the Bryans), visited a Melbourne clinic providing hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. The clinic in question offers this service and claims to assist athletes with 'athletic recovery and performance'. The players even had their pics even feature on the front page of Hypermed's website! Pictures of Raonic, Murray and Ivanovic have since seemingly been removed (but I recall seeing them).

    http://www.hypermed.com.au/home

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

    HBO therapy is not banned by WADA, but scientific evidence for its efficacy in sports medicine is limited at best. It's not medically approved for sports injuries by the FDA, nor by Australian regulatory authorities, as far as I can tell.

    The clinic is run by Malcolm Hooper, a former chiropracter whose license was suspended for two years in 2013 after a dispute with a former cerebral palsy patient who allegedly paid the clinic ~40K AUD for therapies with no proven benefit. He was also investigated as part of the Aussie rules football supplement scandal, since the football players in question used his clinic.

    The Hypermed website used to feature AOD-9604, which is on the WADA prohibited list. It still mentions Thymosin, which is also banned by WADA.

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

    Maybe the players are gullible, and they view HBO as a "copper bracelet/cure my rheumatism" kind-of-thing. Maybe they know that HBO genuinely enhances their performance (and it is legal). Maybe.

    Personally, I'm unconvinced. Anytime I see wealthy, elite athletes queuing up at these quasi-medical clinics, I shudder. Makes me think of the Guyer institute, Biogenesis, and Dr Bonar....... They have access to the best legitimate sports medicine in the world. Why are they there?

    Looking at/into the people involved in the Hypermed clinic makes me even more uneasy (http://www.hypermed.com.au/team).

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    1. Speaking of Hypermed staff,
      Jack Bolshinsky is FB friends with Arthur Staroselsky...

      Dr Staroselsky is a cosmetic dermatologist who practices in Canada and who linked this on his FB page:

      http://www.worldhealth.net/news/Symptoms-of-Adrenal-Fatigue-and-natural-Remedies/#.V9dXXn4bVvc.facebook
      "Adrenal fatigue is not just a disorder that high-end athletes get"

      The link finishes with a solution for 'adrenal fatigue' (whatever that is)........ DHEA!!!!!

      Which brings us right back to........Our fiend BMS!!

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    2. The complete WSJ article for non-suscribers, taken from Dr Hooper's... interesting Linkedin profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tennis-players-get-oxygen-fix-aid-recovery-open-2016-mal-hooper

      Also, a patient died during "treatment": http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/police-join-inquiry-into-south-yarra-hypermed-hyperbaric-death/news-story/cc2c852d8d7e54c193f127db4c27322c

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  30. Tennis TV - will only stream ATP events only from 2017...WTA will broadcast separately from 2017? Strange also that Tennis TV said they will only broadcast ATP matches at combined ATP and WTA events too.
    I wonder are we looking at the beginning of a complete separation of men and women's Tennis tours? Where WTA will have to start acting as a standalone product, should be interesting.

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    1. A few years ago I ended my subscription to Tennis TV because I realized I could find every match for free elsewhere. Anyway, back then it was only ATP matches. No WTA events. Although I could be remembering this wrong. It is possible that the men and women were just separate and I was only interested in the men's tour, so that's what I paid for. Then they decided to broadcast both tours and they raised their membership fees accordingly. Maybe they realized no one wanted to watch the WTA matches so now they're going back to the way it used to be. But I doubt they will lower their rates to reflect the change.

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    2. Bummer, I can't stand men's tennis among the lower ranks. I would rather have my teeth pulled. The women are so much more interesting to watch and have more variety than just hitting it hard across the net. When the top guys play, it's interesting but otherwise not.

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  31. It was really unfortunate that some good players are also often become addicted to take drugs & caught out then which is cause enough to get them out of the tournament. He was a star player but he did cheat, as a result he's now out of it & getting punishment.
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    1. LOL, he should have said it bluntly:

      "Hi all, wanted to let you know that I won't be playing Toronto this year. I am not ready to play because I am in the midst of a steroid cycle."

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    2. Yeah exactly. It boggles the mind how naive people are to think that these players are getting TUE's therefore they are clean and honest and playing by the rules. Yes, technically they are but if they don't actually have a medical condition that requires these banned substances then all the TUEs in the world don't make them clean. Just look at the meldonium situation. How many players took the substance because it was basically legal doping? And then when it suddenly was banned....Oops!

      I want to know who the doctors are who are prescribing these drugs and I want them held accountable.

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  33. What I want to know about Nadal and his knees is why if they are so bad did he after returning from one layoff celebrate his victory by going down onto his knees and sitting on his heels? I assume these highly paid doctors taught someone with potentially career ending knee problems the basics of joint protection. You might have to run round a tennis court to play, but you do not need to do anything like that. If he actually had knee problems it would be the height of stupidity.

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  34. Here’s my opinion on what’s gone on.

    It really is simple, like we’ve seen with many young budding sports stars who catch the eye at a young age. They reach a level of peak physical performance, they’re young, fresh and naturally fitter when one day an agent, friend, fellow athlete, doctor, physio or someone turns to them and talks about doping. They become intrigued, think about it, perhaps do a bit of research and then face that tough, and ultimately career defining decision. Do I dope or not? Tyler Hamilton expressed this scenario perfectly in his book. Others are seemingly doing it and getting awa it, it seems risk free, it still keeps the focus on training hard if not for harder and longer plus it has provides the possibility of very lucrative and financially rewarding opportunities.
    For Nadal, he would have been aware of doping and its repercussions for years, especially whilst growing up in Spain where at the time, taking banned substances wasn’t illegal by law. His own uncle, Miguel Nadal who played for Barcelona and Spain failed a drugs test for taking banned substances. You can’t find much on it nowadays, but it definitely 100% happened. That’s his uncle… and he’s coached by the other uncle.. Apples don’t fall far from the tree but certainly from a cultural and personal aspect, Nadal would’ve have definatetly at least thought about what it would do for his career if he did.. or if he did so but by still playing by the so called “rules”…

    So.. In comes Nadal, 19 years of age, skinny, agile, powerful, playing and winning his 1st slam beating a convicted doper in the final. He then repeats the feat a year later and slowly but surely improves his game on other surfaces. It seems a natural progression for a clay court player. Toned muscle definition aren’t an admission of guilt when it comes to whether someone is doping or not.. nor are seemingly endless amounts of stamina.. these guys are pro athletes, they train and live like champions. They have access to numerous areas of expertise that would allow them to train and compete at the highest level.

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    1. hmmm can you elaborate on the Migue Nadal failed test please

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  36. (see above, this is a continuation of above post)

    What makes Nadal fishy and in my eyes guilty as sin are quite easy to notice, very hard to explain, but very easy to comprehend.

    One day Nadal decided to dope. Plain and simple. His natural body form increased in muscle mass when he doped on steroids. His stamina and agility increased. His power went up incredibly and particularly at the US Open 2013 when his serve went up by 10mph and even John McEnroe commented that he ‘must’ve been working on that serve for years’.. His backhand was more powerful and more reliable. He could adapt easier to faster courts like hard courts and indoor, plus and in my eyes the most important, it allowed him to mentally focus for long periods of time in high intense and often important matches knowing that the benefit of performance enhancing drugs meant that physically he could last longer than the opponent, perhaps hit less unforced errors, outrun the opponent and basically have the mental edge before the match had even started.
    The way he doped has been described on this blog perfectly, both in what some knowledgeable posters write and the brilliantly written Curious Case of Rafa Nadal blog popst which needs a long awaited return. Recent TUE revelations merely add coal to an already burning inferno.

    This guy has backdated TUE’s and taken banned substances for phony ailments whilst only seeking approval and correct permission after having done so afterwards… Maybe, or rather probably in hindsight to an upcoming doping control or the probable positive test result of an already completed test. Backdated TUE’s smell fishy no matter who you are. Nadal is no different. Lance Armstrong used to do the same thing. He’s changed his story over the years to cover up what he’s taking and what for. He’s dropped out of tournaments citing these injuries as reasons and even whilst at the French Open in 09 after having moaned so vociferously about unexpected doping, he and two other Spaniards leave the tournament at the exact same time after at least 2 of them being confirmed as having had an unexpected visit from the doping officers!!! He then drops off the face of the earth for the next 9 months!!

    Long periods out of the game with seemingly no ill effect to his game, heaps upon heaps of suspicious activity which has even compelled a high ranking French minister to publicly out him as a doper. The drugs he was taking “legally” had no connection to the apparent injuries he had at that time and were drugs more commonly used in sports like cycling. He’s been linked to the Operation Puerto affair. There is no smoke without fire and when the fire continues to blaze and blaze and blaze one day someone gets tired and finally puts it out. The introduction of the biological passport was the final nail in the coffin for Nadal. His results ever since don’t even compare to what he achieved before it’s introduction.
    One day the whole tennis world will finally wake up and smell what’s cooking.. someone has to ask questions about how shady these TUE’s actually are and retrospectively the impact it could have. Nadal is no different to Maria Sharapova. Soon, someone, somewhere, will be brave enough to ask the damning questions that have needed to be asked for a long long time.

    I pray for more leaks.


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    1. On the much missed "curious case" post, I remember reading interesting info on his disappearance in 2004, coming back to start dominating on clay in 2005, featuring an oversized left arm...to me, that's when he started roiding.

      So maybe he decided to dope...or maybe his family did because of the background you mention, and the fact that he was only 18.

      Also he didn't disappear 9 months in 2009, but came back (at least) for the US Open, where he appeared almost skinny and got annihilated by Delpo (triple 6-2). The end of his season was pretty weak too. The improved serve appeared (and disappeared) at USO 2010. But it is easy to confuse with USO 2013 where he was at his "best"...recovering of 50 shot rallies with Djokbot in a matter of seconds, winning it after Canada AND Cincy (I mean, really??). That was his miraculous comeback from his 9 month "injury" in 2012-13 after losing to Rosol and claiming all the time he would come back soon.

      And then there is this strange downward spiral that started after the final of AO 2014 (except FO 2014 where he again appeared unbeatable), and still continued today, losing to Pouille at USO 2016. Might be health reasons, remember the strange "appendicitis" episode...because even at FO 2015-16 he was not impressive at all.

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    2. hmmm can you elaborate on the Migue Nadal failed test please

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