Monday, September 12, 2016

USADA Testing: As of August 24, 2016

21 Athletes Selected
55 Total Tests

Athlete Name
Test Count

Brian Baker
1

Madison Brengle
1

Michael C Bryan
4

Robert C Bryan
8

Lauren Davis
1

Jamie Hampton
3

John Isner
4

Steve Johnson
3

Madison Keys
2

Denis Kudla
1

Varvara Lepchenko
1

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
2

Christina M McHale
2

Sam Querrey
1

Alison Riske
1

Jack Sock
1

Sloane Stephens
3

CoCo Vandeweghe
3

Serena J Williams
5

Venus E Williams
5

Donald Young
3

67 comments:

  1. Am I right in saying that one of the Bryan brothers always seems to be tested - relatively speaking - a lot? I'd be curious to know why this was.

    I also notice that Querrey's numbers are always low.

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  2. USADA testing

    2016 Bob 8 Mike 4
    2015 Bob 7 Mike 4
    2014 Bob 10 Mike 5
    2013 Bob 8 Mike 7

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    1. Arcus,

      Am I correct in saying that USADA testing is in part targetted towards certain players, if doubt/dubious/suspect/adverse results (sorry forgot the proper term) are found previously?

      Has there been any kind of reason offered from any source about the Bryans?

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    2. Bob missed a few tests a few years ago, and ended up on the USADA watchlist.

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    3. Bob came dangerously close to missing three tests in a year at least a couple of years in a row (if you miss three tests in a year you automatically get suspended as it is treated as a positive test result). That's why the Bryan Brothers - especially Bob - get tested a lot.

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  4. Haven't you guys heard the news. WADA's serve has been hacked. S. Williams under TUE got to use prednisolone and oxycodone in 2014.

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    1. I saw a reference to this elsewhere but I haven't been able to google up a legitimate link. Is this true?

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    2. Scroll down here:
      http://www.stiripesurse.ro/cutremur-in-sport-surorile-williams-i-celebra-simone-biles-ar-fi-dopate-documente_1151684.html

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    3. I notice this seems Russian related and the only information they are releasing is about Black, American, female athletes. All information is helpful but I do wonder about the agenda here, when we all know that a release of all TUEs would implicate many more athletes.

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    4. Yes but from what I read in La Repubblica (italian newspaper) they have the names of 10's of athletes from all sports that were tested positive before or during the olympics but weren't banned due to TUE.

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    5. Why shouldn't we know what the players are given the go-ahead to take? If the TUEs are legitimate why would they worry about this information getting out? Unless abuse of the system is so rampant that it makes people question WADA's usefulness. My guess is WADA just rubber stamps these TUE requests and doesn't ask a lot of questions (at least with the top players). May explain why certain players who are suspicious have never tested positive.

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    6. If true then hacking motivations matter less than the fact that Serena has been 'legally' using a steroid and another drug for, well, really, does anyone believe she suddenly needed these in 2014 after not needing them her whole life? This, if true, is proof she's a drug cheat. Simple.

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    7. Good ole' Richard Ings on Twitter:

      "Content of the FancyBear hack does not trouble me. Standard TUE stuff. What troubles me is the failure to protect athlete medical records."

      Of course he isn't concerned about the fairness in competition. Twat.

      Hell hath no fury than a Russian scorned. Inguess we always knew it woukd come to this - revelations on the back of another athlete or body of athletes being banned.

      Will this gain traction, or be buried under the carpet as per?

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    8. @Lopi. I get where you're coming from, but this can only happen if athletes themselves disclose this information, or sign waivers that the information can be shared. Many countries, including the US have stringent laws that prevent individuals or organizations with access to private health information from sharing it publicly. In the US they are known as HIPPA laws. So USADA and the ITF cannot legally disclose this info, and this is justified, IMO. If an innocent athlete was receiving medication for fertility treatment, for instance, fans wouldn't have a right to know this.

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    9. @TUSB: Ings has a point (which was echoed by Tygart). These are medications for which the athlete applied for a TUE, and the applications were approved by the regulatory bodies after due process, so no rules are being broken.

      You might well question the rigor of the TUE process (especially after the case of our friend with Dr Serrano's DHEA TUE). I also accept that it does seem to be too easy to get a TUE for asthma medications (based on what emerged in the Salazar documentary)

      Also worth pointing out that the meds mentioned are corticosteroids, narcotics and asthma therapies, whose performance enhancement potential is substantially less than anabolics, hGH- or EPO-like agents. Yes, Lance Armstrong used corticosteroids to aid recovery (so there is capacity for performance enhancement), narcotics can help athletes train and play through pain, and beta agonists may also elicit beneficial physiologic effects, but these drug classes are not in the same league as ones I mentioned above.

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    10. The real issue is why are these Americans, at the top of the profession, so seriously ill that they need a cocktail of PEDs to be subscribed? I hate the double standards, when this is fine but rec drugs aren't.

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    11. Everybody has TUE's.If it is approved what is the problem? Let 's disclose every athlete 's medical chart.Maybe that explains that episode in 2014 Wimbledon doubles when she looked out of it.Love to see Djokovic and Nadal's chart and Kerber's chart too since she became stronger and faster.

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    1. what a joke. Like I said previously, for elite athletes they are incredibly unhealthy.

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  6. Information on Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Serena Williams & Venus Williams:
    http://fancybear.net/

    If the leaked files are legitimate,

    Serena received a TUE for: Oxycodone and hydromorphone, Prednisone, Prednisolone & Methylprednisolone

    Venues received a TUE for: Triamcinolone, Prednisone, Prednisolone & Formoterol (Inhaler)

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    1. Simone Biles eh. This may wipe the smug expression off her drug-upped face.

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    2. Busted at long last! Thank you Russia!! Watch the WTA brush this under the carpet though.

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    3. WADA will need to come out and explain this now.

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    4. Business as usual.

      "“In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules of obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart stated.
      He added that all the medications were approved by the respective international federations, WADA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)."

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    5. Biles tested positive for methylphenidate 4 times during the Olympic Games, but unfortunately, nothing will come of this because she had a TUE for the drug. Apparently, she has been using this stimulant regularly and legally for the last 4 years.

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    6. I think we're being too hard on these poor American athletes who are all on their death beds while at the top of their sport :( Poor things. Imagine how good Serena would be without all her illnesses, she would have 100 slams!

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    7. The BBC is reporting the hack but none of the content. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-37352326

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    8. Not really an even field then...
      Methylphenidate is a commonly prescribed psychostimulant and works by increasing the activity of the central nervous system.[12] It produces such effects as increasing or maintaining alertness, combating fatigue, and improving attention

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    10. @ Mary: I would guess that this is because printing the detailed content would mean disclosing private health information, which might have legal repercussions.

      @apanchuful: I'm really not trying to be an apologist for the manipulated TUE, but I always try to be as objective as I can when it comes to the fight against the doping scourge. I evaluate a lot of college students in the US for medical research studies and the fraction that are on Methylphenidate or similar meds for ADHD is eyepoping.

      I'm not saying an athlete wouldn't want to explore the effects for performance enhancement, but it's not a medication that automatically implies doping.

      What we need is information on what percentage of athletes are using specific drug classes, so that ca be compared to prevalence rates for related conditions in similar populations.

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    11. Well we now know how Serena recovered so well from her illness before the 2015 French Open final - 40mg of prednisolone one day before and the same on the day:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/33037371

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    12. @Arcus

      "I'm really not trying to be an apologist for the manipulated TUE..."

      You are sure doing a mighty fine impression of an apologist, friend.

      Bottom line - this really cements what we thought all along. A poster on the previous THASP showed stats that reveal a doubling of TUEs year on year according to WADA data. It isn't a level playing field - even the slightest PE effect from these drugs will be an advantage given the fine margins in top level sport.

      This is crying out for an investigative journalist to look into the whole phenomenon of TUEs - as others have said, if they are supposedly legal and all above board, how about some transparency? Athletes recrds are confidential, true - but someone could investigate the substances possible under TUE, give us a detailed description of the process, from diagnosis to TUE approval.

      This has so much mileage - PROVIDED the media strike while hot. I am desperate to see what these further revelations are, and whether the hackers are sticking to American athletes. Oh for the dirt on the Jamaican sprinting teams...

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    14. I was trying to find those statistics on increased TUEs and couldn't. Maybe whoever posted can repost? It's certainly timely.

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    15. @ TUSB

      "You are sure doing a mighty fine impression of an apologist, friend. *****A poster on the previous THASP showed stats that reveal a doubling of TUEs year on year according to WADA data*****."

      That poster was me, so LOL, TUSB!

      I'm a massive skeptic. You'd know that if you had read my posts in the comment section of this blog over the last few years.

      These issues are nuanced, though. Should the TUE process be investigated?, Yes, of course, I've endorsed that many times in my comments. Should sports reveal the percentage of athletes with TUEs for specific rug classes? Yes, and I've also called for that.

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    16. @ Ruby Tuesday

      Nice spot! Would be interesting to see what correlation there may be to other suspicious performances. Nothing seemingly fits the Wimbledon dizzy spells though.

      I've noticed that some of the 'Authorized' dates don't match up, which makes me wonder is she being prescribed these kind of drugs all year round but these just happen to be the times her samples were flagged. Surely the retroactive TUE process is not that easy to abuse...

      Whilst to many naive fans this won't prove anything, isn't it interesting that 3 of the worlds elite tennis are so sick! (Serena, Venus and Sharapova)

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  7. I was going to say that I think USADA found something given they are really going after her and her play has disintegrated this year in contrast to last year. Thanks to this news we're finally backed up.

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    1. She still managed to win Wimbledon even though they were supposedly upping the testing. I wonder if that was just an idle threat. I guess it worked on Djokovic.

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    2. When do the results come back from Wimbledon? It might explain her poor performance in Rio as well, worried about being caught.

      Where are Mladenovic, Cibulkova and of course Sharapova to kick up a fuss about this?

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    3. I'll wait until the outcome of CAS in September before i'd expect Sharapova to open her mouth again. she seems to have changed tactic and is keeping a low profile (well for an alister) compared to her facebook posts etc pre ITF hearing in June.

      If Serena was proved a doper, Mladenovic, Cibulkova and i'd say a few others would be the first to tell all about Serena's "qualities". But until then they'll wax lyrical about how great Serena is. I wouldn't expect anything else from women with little dignity and respect in themselves or their sport.

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    4. Sharapova's been in the news every week lol. I can't wait to hear her reaction to this ha, popcorn at the ready!

      I mentioned them, as Mladenovic and Cibulkova were the only ones to speak out about Sharapova, whilst everyone else was playing the mistake card.

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  8. Of course WADA just condemns the hackers. Because they know this will bring into question their entire raison d'ĂȘtre. I love it.

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    1. Because their beloved. Serena is on there, even though it's racist to assume she's been taking things.

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  9. The http://fancybear.net/ leaks are interesting but of course so far all they leaked was proof of TUE ! TUE is the exact opposite of doping, if Sharapova had kept a valid TUE she wouldn't be in the shit now.

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    2. She would never in a million years have been granted a TUE for Meldonium. Even the ITFs TUE committee would not have let that one slide.

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    3. Didn't an American get a TUE for roids last year? I think it was Mattek-Sands iirc.

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    4. Yeah, a female tennis player was granted a TUE by the ITF for DHEA, and and it was later quashed when WADA objected and appealed to CAS. That situation involved a quasi-plausible medical situation (not at all believable, IMO, I thought it was bogus, and I'm an MD).

      I would be stunned senseless if any athlete got a legitimate TUE for meldonium.

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  10. Interesting that Serena was on Oxycontin (aka hillbilly heroin) though - I wonder what she needed that for?

    The list of drugs Venus was on makes more sense given her autoimmune condition.

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    1. If in fact her Sjogren's Syndrome is real.

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    2. Pain Management? but its not working considering it does nothing for the injuries she has suffered at pivotal matches this year.

      I've said it before, I don't believe for a moment Venus has any condition other than needing a TUE's. The lifestyle she has would weaken the immune system of any healthy person, let alone anyone with a compromised one. Yet she's 36 yrs old in the top ten and playing Tennis like she in her twenties again. Sorry i don't buy it.

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    3. Venus is mainly in the top 10 by virtue of a couple of soft draws at majors this year. Every time she comes up against a half way decent opponent her lack of movement and stamina is shown up. Compared to how she used to be in her early days she looks every bit the 36 years - a lot slower and clearly fatigues very easily in matches. I mean she has often dropped down to play international tier tournaments to get wins lately.

      The other reason I do buy into her Sjogren's is because her form and career definitely went into steep decline at a relatively young age and for no apparent reason in the mid to late 2000s. This is when they claim the symptoms started and although the diagnosis came later this also ties in with the fact that an autoimmune problem is often hard to diagnose - many people go for years with symptoms before getting a diagnosis.

      Serena - cut foots, blood clots, near death experiences, etc, etc. There is so much drama around her whole career it is hard to know what is true and what is not. I'm not even sure she knows half the time...

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    5. Oracene Williams (Venus and Serena's mother) has said in the past that Venus has asthma as well as Sjogren's Syndrome. Venus has two diseases that severely weaken people's immune systems yet she is easily playing 2 1/2 matches with few ill effects, is hitting the ball as well as ever and is back in the Top 10. Oh, and she's 36 years old and shows no signs of retiring.


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    6. Playing as well as ever you say.... but hasn't won any singles title worth winning in nearly 10 years.

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    7. She might not be playing as well as ever, but she's playing much, much, much better than an injury-prone asthmatic 36-year-old with a supposedly debilitating autoimmune disease should be playing.

      Just this year she made the final of Stanford and the semis of Wimbledon (making her the oldest slam semifinalist since, I think, Navratilova) + was an inch from ousting the US Open finalist. And she has a decent chance of making the year-end championships; worst case scenario, she's in the second-tier year-end event, which she'd be a favorite to win.

      Last year she won Zhuhai (the WTA Elite Trophy) and Wuhan (with a pretty stacked field) + made the quarters of Miami, semis of Doha, and quarters of the US. Plus she made her first slam quarter in 5 years at Australia, finished the year in the top 10 for the first time since 2010, and had the most top 10 wins (7) she's had since 2008 (9).

      (For reference, her top 10 wins this season were Wozniacki, Radwanska, Radwanska, Wozniacki, Radwanska, Suarez Navarro, and Muguruza.)

      In 2014, she made the final of Montreal, about beat the eventual Wimbledon champion in round 3, and won Dubai. This was her last win over Serena, whom she beat in Montreal.

      She's still pretty inconsistent (this year she lost her first match in Auckland, Australia, Indian Wells, Miami, and the Olympics + her second match in Montreal, Rome, and Charleston), but she's been inconsistent for a good 12-13 years.

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  11. Please can the ITF be next for the hack. Please Santa!

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    1. LOL. Santa is as real as the ailments these athletes apparently have and are awarded TUEs for. Professional sports are fantasy not reality.

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  12. Anyone notice how similar Serena's TUE list is to her sisters albeit less extensive. Prednisone in particular, which is a Cortisteriod used to treat Autoimmune disease.

    Ok, so i'm going to play Devils advocate...all the TUE shows are for dates which seem to correspond with injury/off season, also the items are only prohibited in competition. Unless the TUE's were given retroactively i can see these TUE's explained away easily.

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  13. I hope the hackers are also going to leak some of the TUEs for Djokovic, Nadal, Bolt and Phelps.

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  14. Christ the delusion is strong! http://europe.newsweek.com/wada-hack-ioc-olympics-sport-497988?rm=eu

    Clean athletes? Yeah that's why one of them failed a test at your big event and the others are on a cocktail of PEDs.

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  15. Biles has gone straight for the sympathy appeal on Twitter:

    "Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I'm afraid to let people know."

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Simone_Biles/status/775785767855611905?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    I couldn't stand her smug self-entitled demeanour throughout the Olympics, but it never entered my head she might be doping (with permission).

    Interestingly, nothing online about 'simone biles adhd' older than 6 hours. Not that that proves anything.

    Athletes must constitute a fairly high % of all ADHD cases.

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  16. The problem is anyone, having done a few minutes of diligent research, has a fair chance to fool a psychiatrist into a diagnosis of ADHD and eventually get powerful stims like methylphenidate (or even adderall).
    It's a behavioral based diagnosis, not like a blood test. Am I correct?

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  17. Maybe not corticosteriods, but amphetamines definitelt ARE performance enhancing in any sport. This is what Justin Gatlin was banned for.

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    1. Interesting point. Gatlin's first +ve was indeed around stimulants alleged for ADHD - clearly performance enhancing.

      Biles was getting an unfair compettiive advantage thanks to those drugs, regardless of whether her administering of them was legit or not.

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