Monday, October 3, 2016

OTL

ESPN's Outside The Lines does some strong work. Read or watch.

The author follows our twitter feed.

316 comments:

  1. Seminal article. Delighted to see ESPN asking/articulating typical concerns raised through THASP's articles and research.

    Let's not give up hope that tennis might be brought to account.

    Is it any wonder that the physical developments in tennis matches have been so drastic in recent decades, when the testing programme is so dire?

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  2. These are the great blogs; I assure you that I really enjoyed a lot in reading.

    j2tennis.com

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  3. ESPN's bio on the article's author, Mike Fish: ESPN Senior Writer, Investigative reporter for ESPN.com, 10 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

    Sen/THASP - how do you know that he follows your Twitter feed? It's great news, to be sure, and it looks likes he's touched on our regular themes. Just curious.

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  4. Head just sent out a tweet congratulation Maria Sharapova on the CAS ruling and welcoming her back to tennis in April/17. So I guess that means her sentence has been reduced. smh.

    "We are proud to have stood by Maria for the right reasons through these difficult times."

    right reasons = $$$

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    1. LOL, I knew it. I knew CAS was going to reduce her sentence because that's what they do. This institution is just as big of a farce as WADA.

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  5. Maria's FB post:

    "Hello SharaFamily!

    I’ve gone from one of the toughest days of my career last March when I learned about my suspension to now, one of my happiest days, as I found out I can return to tennis in April.
    In so many ways, I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back. Tennis is my passion and I have missed it. I am counting the days until I can return to the court.
    I have learned from this, and I hope the ITF has as well. CAS concluded that “the Panel has determined it does not agree with many of the conclusions of the [ITF] Tribunal…”
    I have taken responsibility from the very beginning for not knowing that the over-the-counter supplement I had been taking for the last ten years was no longer allowed. But I also learned how much better other Federations were at notifying their athletes of the rule change, especially in Eastern Europe where Mildronate is commonly taken by millions of people.
    Now that this process is over, I hope the ITF and other relevant tennis anti-doping authorities will study what these other Federations did, so that no other tennis player will have to go through what I went through.
    And to my fans, I thank you so much for living and breathing so many of these tough months together. During this time, I have learned the true meaning of a fan and I am so fortunate to have had your support.
    I’m coming back soon and I can’t wait!
    Love, Maria
    P.S. - for detailed facts on my case, please click on this link: www.mariasharapova.com"

    So she blames the ITF for not informing her properly that the drug she had been taking for 10 years for some imaginary ailment had been banned. Well done at shifting the blame Maria. But you still got a 15 month ban so clearly you were at fault. And please tell me where Meldonium is sold over the counter? Certainly not in the US or the UK where it isn't even approved.

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    1. I think everyone must be wondering why Sharapova never kept up to date with whether meldonium would need a TUE or not.You don't just assume or presume when it comes to drugs where your health is concerned.This to me proves that she was never using it for medical reasons but rather for its performance enhancing abilities and to give her an edge.I personally think it's a disgrace that her doping sentence was reduced to 15 months,this sends out a clear message of going soft on dopers,no wonder the world of sport has such a cheating epidemic.Athletes know that the chances of getting caught is pretty slim and if they are,not it's not really that big a deal cause they can always appeal and get their sentence reduced
      The good thing about this case is that Sharapova will always been remembered for failing a drugs test and her integrity will always be questioned by those who follow the sport

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    2. Her ghost-written fb post makes any decent person's stomach churn.

      Blame everyone but yourself, come up with some rubbish about how you don't want this to happen to other tennis players (when the whole wta tour says you don't give a damn about other tennis players), state that you need to be told again not to take a PED because you didn't understand the first three times you were told.

      The whole post is utterly arrogant - in that it comes from the assumption that she has been right all along and vindicated - when nothing could be further from the truth.

      Get back on court squealing in time for the French Open, Maria - the Paris crowd will give you what you deserve, cheating scum.

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    3. Poor Maria. Turns out it was all the ITFs fault. My heart weeps for her.

      The WADA code is simple. Athletes are responsible for what goes into their bodies, and making sure they don't ingest substances on the prohibited list. !5 months kind of makes a mockery of that. Seems to me as it CAS are too soft on rich athletes with really good lawyers.

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    4. Her "I have learned from this, and I hope the ITF has as well." is her not subtle scolding of the tennis body. I guess this means the ITF will be even less vigilant in the future (if that's even possible).

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    5. @arcus really good lawyers and really powerful sponsors behind them. Notice that Nike and Head never lost faith in her. Wonder why?

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    6. Sharapaova brand probably sells a lot of tennis gear.

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    7. Yeah even sales of Meldonium spiked when it was made known she uses it.

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    8. I nearly choked when i read it - "I hope the ITF and other relevant tennis anti-doping authorities will study what these other Federations did, so that no other tennis player will have to go through what I went through."
      She's an arrogant "CT" making herself out to be a victim of the system and celebrating like she's won herself a civil liberty. Don't pack any bags time soon Maria, you're not going anywhere til May next year.

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    9. They might as well have reduced her ban to avoid her talking at length to press about how good their test controls are. I am sure she has enough inside knowledge of what's going on there to let some other people drawn with her.

      I would also risk the assumption that ITF felt that they had to catch some Russians on the tour - after revealing the scandal of Russian doping at Olympic Games. And with only one big fish they managed to clean tennis from Russian cheats. The ITF could have felt that doing nothing pose bigger danger to destroy their money spinner.

      Now when they reached the agreement of 15 months she may say whatever she wants on twitter – how badly they treated her but she will be loyal to the ITF organisation and not say a word about what is happening behind the scenes. That is what tennis integrity is – corruption.

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  6. This ESPN article is a very informative read. It shows how useless tennis's doping testing really is - all in the one (be it long) article. Thanks for the post!

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  7. Whereas the CAS ruling on Sharapova is disappointing, the ITF made a pretty weak case in the first place. Basically their ruling wasn't intentional doping, she just didn't read the literature sent to her. The ban based on negligence of the athlete was then the point of scrutiny. The ITF didn't question the health reasons Sharapova had to take "Mildrate" (especially since it was very popular among pro athletes). The ban based on Sharapova "Being the author of her own misfortune" was then open for interpretation by CAS. Perhaps this was intentional on ITF's part, knowing Sharapova need only knock on CAS's door to get the two year ban reduced and they aren't seen to have been lenient.

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  8. WADA Statement regarding Maria Sharapova CAS decision

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) acknowledges the decision taken today by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the tennis player, Maria Sharapova.

    An appeal panel appointed by CAS has reduced the sanction imposed on Ms. Sharapova by an Independent Tribunal on 8 June 2016 from 24 months to 15 months. This decision is the result of an appeal by Ms. Sharapova after she was found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium. WADA acknowledges that Ms. Sharapova’s period of ineligibility will now end at midnight on 25 April 2017.

    WADA respects all decisions taken by CAS, the highest independent sport tribunal which has the jurisdiction to determine sports-related appeals. WADA recognizes that CAS fully scrutinized all available information and evidence in Ms. Sharapova’s appeal and imposed what it deemed to be an appropriate sanction under the World Anti-Doping Code.

    WADA abides by the CAS ruling and will make no further comment.

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  9. CAS document here
    http://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Award_4643__FINAL__internet.pdf

    Maria's team maintaining "she did not hide her ingestion of Mildronate by not declaring it on her doping control forms, since Meldonium was not for bidden until 2016. She had simply misunderstood the meaning and scope of the declaration to be rendered."
    After more than a decade on tour, she didn't know what she was supposed to list on doping control forms?? hahahaha.....

    She NEVER disclosed mildronate on her doping control forms, despite Lindsay Davenport stating that she had, after her "special private" interview with Maria, post-press conference.

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  10. Bethanie Mattek-Sands competing in the China Open...

    Will she be grilled about her DHEA TUE?

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    1. Sadly, I doubt it. Tennis journalists won't rock the boat. I suspect their print or online publication would rely on advertising income from the same sponsors that sponsor the sport. If they bring the sport in disrepute, their readership might go up in the short term but sponsors might desert the sport and their publication.

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  11. Ings stock falling for me, tbh. Sharapova story being presented from one side only (a side that presumably financially supported his contribution to her ITF tribunal)..

    Key issue of medical validity of Skalny's 'Rx', and her real intent in consuming the drug not being addressed. All about ITF/WWADA's alleged notification failings, and retweets of sponsors cheering her on (with glossy 'win' pics), despite 15 month ban from the sport for upheld ADRV. Disappointing.

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  12. "Maria Sharapova may sue International Tennis Federation after drug ban is reduced to 15 months. In a conference call this afternoon, Sharapova’s lawyer, John Haggerty, claimed the ruling as a triumph. “The CAS decision is a stunning repudiation of the ITF,” he said, “and it exposes the ITF decision for what it is: pure fiction. Haggerty went on to add that “Maria was forced to live with the ITF’s bad judgment and faulty conclusions for many months” – a claim which presumably underlies the putative lawsuit which he and his colleagues are understood to be preparing.”

    Haven't seen hubris like this since Lance..........

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2016/10/04/maria-sharapova-appeal-verdict-will-the-court-of-arbitration-for1/

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    1. emotional stress when she immediately filed and was granted appeal on her grievances? no case
      The only way she'd have one is if the ban was reduced significantly and she lost potential earnings/ranking points as a result.

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  13. oy vey. A ban is a ban is a ban. What's her lawsuit going to allege? 15 months is still a ban any way you slice it. Maria may live to regret that decision (although I'm pretty sure this lawsuit threat is probably on par with Nadal's lawsuit against the former French Minister. In other words a lot of hot air).

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  14. Miss Sharapova video defending her self. Her defence is along the lines of her doctor ordered her to take it (for 10 years presumably). Meldonium is like aspirin in russia. No, its not a performance enhancer. It was a witch-hunt.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/37562159

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  15. So she found out on Friday morning. But we didn't find out till yesterday. Why a four day delay? Her people had time to arrange the Charlie Rose interview. I guess that's why. So she could get the PR wheels in motion to coincide with the announcement. Charlie Rose was a disappointment. No big surprise. He helped her throw the ITF under the bus. She never considered it a performance enhancer because of how common it is. Nice argument. Did she never wonder why the drug wasn't even approved for use in the US or Europe?

    I find it interesting that she read the email from the ITF telling her that she had tested positive but for some reason she missed the email telling her that Meldonum was banned. She should go into acting after her tennis career winds down. She can star as herself in the conspiracy theory of how the ITF tried to sabotage the career of one of their biggest draws. Makes sense.

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    1. If she didn't think it was a performance enhancer, she wouldn't have been taking it in the first place.

      She might have tested positive in Australia but she sure as heck didn't buy it from some downtown Melbourne chemist. If you source (one of) your PEDs from Russia and nowhere else, you know what you're doing Maria.

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  16. Watching that Charlie Rose interview actually made me feel sick. Such self promotion and holier than thou attitude I haven't seen in a long time. Actually as arcus said it reminded me of the way Lance talked before his life went down the drain.

    Charlie should have asked her: well if you're innocent why aren't they letting you back on the court tomorrow? Maybe that would have shut her lying mouth.

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    1. I haven't seen the Rose interview yet and not sure I want to. That her lawyer claims that the CAS decision is a 'stunning repudiation' of the ITF, which is also 'pure fiction' by the way, is pure lies. They seem to ignore, CAS said she is a doper and have her fifteen months. (More than the 12 months we were expecting.)

      Why do the media not call it out?? She and her lawyer are given free reign with their (false) quotes, with no opposing viewpoint given.

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    2. The media laps her up because she revels in her own arrogance. arrogance that got herself collared by holding a presser back in March. So eventually she's going to dig a bigger hole, especially if she keeps poking at the ITF.
      But (unintentionally i'm sure) she's helped Serena out by totally eclipsing the TUE story. Which at this stage i find hilarious.

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  17. So WADA are now claiming that Fancy Bears my have doctored or altered the information they'd hacked and released
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/37570246

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    1. well then they should just prove that by releasing the real TUEs.

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    2. Precisely,but I don't think that they will.By not pointing out exactly what information has been manipulated WADA continue to make themselves look like a bunch of amateur muppets who are desperately trying to discredit the Fancy Bears hackers
      If TUE's are perfectly legal then why are they stressing?

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    3. Apparently they have evidence of the U.S. covering up doping tests. They covered up Armstrong, Lewis, Flo Jo's etc. before.

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    4. Yes it seems that this is the reason why WADA were stressing and trying to discredit the Fany Bears hackers
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/37576197

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  18. Anyone hear about pole vaulter Shawn Barber's cocaine kiss?

    http://www.lapresse.ca/sports/autres-sports/athletisme/201610/06/01-5027982-le-perchiste-shawn-barber-teste-positif-a-la-cocaine.php

    They're starting to lack in originality.

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    1. It's the Gasquet effect. They're all going to use that since they bought Gasquet's bull. I wonder if a woman would get off for blaming a man?

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    2. It appears cocaine is not a performance enhancer, contrary to popular belief. Barber finished 10th (even though he was a medal hopeful). LOL.

      And in other news... Maria Sharapova is also a victim. These poor misunderstood athletes.

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    3. Didn't Hingis get a 2 year ban though? And that was for a minuscule amount. I always wonder why cocaine is treated like steroids/epo but other stimulants only have a couple of month bans. Also caffeine is probably used a lot more and not banned.

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    4. Hingis disputed the test and retired before the case was ever fully resolved i believe.
      Strange cocaine is noted on the banned list as a non specific stimulant, i would have thought this was a narcotic.
      There doesn't seem to be consistency in IF's for the length of bans for the same substance either - Zivile Balciunaite (Lituahian runner) got eight years for testing for Meldonium in April this year.

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    5. It must have been a repeat offence to get an 8 year ban. I believe Hingis and Gasquet had the exact same tribunal but they changed a few rules after the Hingis case which allowed Gasquet to get off with a lighter sentence. It seems to be you need to blame someone else to get your ban short, Gasquet kiss, Cilic's mum, Troicki blamed the doctor, Sharapova blamed her agent and the ITF. That doesn't say CAS are keen to fight doping.

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  19. CAS reducing bans by IF's is a great business stragedy...look at their fees and subsistence costs:
    http://www.tas-cas.org/en/arbitration/arbitration-costs.html

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  20. A new scandal emerging re: Wiggins, Team Sky

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-3825849/UK-Anti-Doping-investigate-Sir-Bradley-Wiggins-Team-Sky.html

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  21. with the war of attrition Sharpova's lawyer is waging against the ITF one would wonder if Maria doesn't realise who'll be examining and approving her TUE's when she returns next year.
    I would have thought one learning Maria should take away from the trauma of her two year ban is to keep her mouth shut.

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  22. Looks like Tiernan Locke is the British equivalent to Landis/Hamilton. This story isn't going away anytime soon and UKADA are on the case. Shame there has been no investigations into the Williams Sisters and Mattek Sands for USADA.

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    1. While Maria continues to lament about a nine month ban she'll never serve, i doubt we'll hear about anything else from Tennis.
      Just think of the shite that's going to be spun out from Rothenberg and his likes in the build up to the clay court season. I wonder will there be a spike for TUE's in anti sickness pills, because the tour is sick to their stomachs from being asked about Marias return.

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  23. I see Djokovic is in the draw for Shanghai. I guess his personal issues, er wrist, er elbow injury are all good. It's amazing how the timing always works out perfectly for these players. They are injured for the smaller events and then like magic they're all better for the majors and Masters (unless of course they crash out early and then the injuries have returned). How convenient.

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    2. Djokovic's sponsors probably told him to suck it up and go promote something.

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  24. 2017 monitoring list: http://www.usada.org/substances/prohibited-list/monitoring-program-2017-wada-prohibited-list/

    So no smoking or coffee for athletes then?

    The following substances are placed on the 2017 Monitoring Program:

    1. Stimulants

    In-Competition only: Bupropion, caffeine, nicotine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pipradrol and synephrine.



    2. Narcotics

    In-Competition only: Codeine, mitragynine and tramadol.



    3. Glucocorticoids

    In-Competition (by routes of administration other than oral, intravenous, intramuscular or rectal) and Out-of-Competition (all routes of administration).

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    1. Out of competition tramadol abuse in cycling is an interesting one. Its hard to imagine the same not happening in tennis. Is caffeine abuse during competition a thing too?

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    2. Long time ago there was a limit for caffeine but not anymore. I remember on 2000 Larissa Savchenko was fined $15,000 after exceeding the limit. Also Martin Rodriguez from Argentina a few years later.

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    3. Caffeine really confuses me, yes theres caffeine tablets that are potent, but a lot of energy drinks have caffeine derivatives. Can something as little as drinking an espresso or Coca Cola in competition flag you for a doping violation?
      Also doesn't Coca Cola sponsor many sporting events? seems strange that a prohibited substance would be scrawled across banners "in competition".

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  25. Why the ITF, ATP and WTA will do nothing despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

    Tactic #1: Ignore the issue, sweep it under the carpet, do nothing because that's what we've always done. Frankly why expend energy in cleaning up when its all going so well.

    Tactic #2: Don't mess with the top players. The top players command huge audiences, can afford an army of lawyers, have the backing of influential national sports bodies and are backed by big sponsors. What's the point in messing with them?

    Tactic #3: Save the money. Doping controls cost money. Why bother spending money on something the public doesn't care enough about? As long as the players don't look like WWF wrestlers, 95% of the audience will not know.

    Tactic #4: Make sure that the game remains popular in key nations at whatever cost. The big nations e.g. US, Germany, UK, China, India are key strategic markets. US constitutes ~30% of earnings in terms of sponsorships and rights revenue. Make sure no US tennis players get embroiled in any scandals. Same goes for other key nations - protect and grow or harvest and maintain market positions.

    Tactic #5: When geo-politics messes with the sport, comply but only for a little while. When under pressure to make Russia look bad, ban the top female player by earnings for a bit but not forever. Take the first chance you get to reduce her ban because you need her good looks to sell your game in RoW.

    ....

    There must be more but I'm out of brain juice. Please feel free to complete this list if I've left out any obvious ones.

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    1. That's sound much as their code of conduct to which they adhere. I would add their usual stuff:

      Tactic #6: Sell the stupid fairy-tale that the sport is about talent, self-belief and played only by gentlemen where endurance, stamina and strenght have nothing to do. Repeat until everyone got bored.

      Tactic #7 Together with the top players divulge the lie that the sport is the cleanest one and is most restrictive in terms of out-of competition testing etc.

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  26. China Open. Murray's "computer game" defence, bulk and unrelenting speed reeks of the typical doper. The new "normal" for the modern game - largely patented a decade ago by Nadal. What bullshit tennis now is.

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    1. Watching CO too: on WTA Radwanska V Konta. The commentators (didn't get their names)
      Commentator one: What do you think changed in Konta's game to yield her results in 2016?
      Commentator two: Belief!
      Me: laughing out loud.

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    2. Lol - Self belief key to Big Stan becoming multiple slam winner too!

      http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/sport/stan-wawrinka-us-open-final/index.html

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  27. Sam Stosur on Maria (Seriously Sam Stosur of all Tennis players on Doping)
    "I can’t believe it, actually,” Stosur said. “I don’t even know what to say ... I don’t know how you can get away with that excuse and have that overturned ... I think it’s remarkable that you can use that excuse and get away with it ... It really sets a bad precedence for athletes moving forward, where you can almost put your hands up and say it was not my fault."
    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2016/10/samantha-stosur-maria-sharapova-meldonium-itf/61647/

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    1. Wow. Maybe we've been wrong about her all along. Or maybe she stopped whatever she was doing years ago (after all, she has been crap since winning the US Open in 2011). Maybe she's a like a reformed smoker. She had better be clean if she's going to talk like that about Saint Maria.

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  28. Interview with Lance Armstrong, the arrogance is still as strong as ever.
    http://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/Off_The_Ball/Off_The_Ball_Highlights/160980/Lance_Armstrong_The_OTB_interview

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  29. As a wise man once said "Follow the money". IMG calling in a few IOU's...
    "Maria Sharapova has joined the top sports stars who have reportedly invested in the UFC following the company's recent $4 billion takeover by WME-IMG."
    "According to the Wall Street Journal's Erich Schwartzel, Serena and Venus Williams have both acquired equity in the company, while Fox Sports' Damon Martin also listed New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as an investor."
    https://www.rt.com/sport/361221-maria-sharapova-invests-in-ufc/

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    1. I do wonder if there is a revolving door between tennis governing bodies like ITF and companies like IMG.

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    2. I'd say IMG have more of a growing vested interest into sports, increasing the death grip that sports agents seem to have on professional sports.

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  31. Sharapova released a “Statement of Facts” rebuttal document in which she mentioned that throughout her career she had received around 60 drugs test.

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    Maria has never before violated any anti-doping rules – despite being tested nearly 60 times
    over the course of her career – and has maintained a flawless disciplinary record.

    http://www.mariasharapova.com/wp-content/uploads/Sharapova-Statement-of-Facts.pdf

    60 tests.

    Sharapova turned pro in 2001. So in 15 years she’s had 60 tests. That’s an average of 4 tests per year. If we factor in the in-competition loser testing that players undergo at the slams, that makes up the entire drug test she’s had in her career (excluding scenarios where she missed slam and had to be tested OOC)...utterly ridiculous.

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    1. Watch the useless tennis media let her off the hook too. Not long ago now saying 'I passed some tests' was ridiculed, after Armstrong's line of 'I passed 300/500 tests' was shown to be meaningless. Now Sharapova claiming she passed 'nearly 60' tests is meant to be noteworthy? It's only noteworthy to demonstrate how light tennis's testing is.

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    2. Besides none of this changes the fact she is now a convicted doper. And she was only caught because she called a press conference, tried to 'control the narrative' - well look how that worked out for you Sharapova!

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    3. If you look at her Twitter feed you get the impression that she's some kind of hero/saint. Ridiculous that a banned athlete is coming across as the victim in this. Amazing what powerful sponsors can do for a cheat.

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    4. Did you see the spectacle in the las vegas exhibition event?
      BJK, Mcenroe, Navratilova all chummy with Sharapova like she isn't a disgrace Tennis. Richards right Tennis is complete bullshit.

      What annoys me about the post CAS press is it seems any tweet about Sharapova has more than a few brain dead morons saying "Meldonium wasn't illegal when she took it"...the whole basis of the violation and her defense being she didn't read the memo and kept taking it has been washed down the Orwellian plughole (as fast as Sharapova can neck back thirty pills).

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    5. What I want to know is if she's still taking it. If she had a medical need for it (yeah right) then doesn't she still need it? How will she compete without her little helper meldonium? Will they grant her a permanent TUE?

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    6. 4 tests/yr (most probably IC) for a woman who was the highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 straight years??!!!

      Unbelievable....

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    7. Question is will the ITF approve a TUE (without scrutiny) because of the debacle she's causing in the press? Sharapova is the epiphany of a shut mouth catches no files and she'll learn that to her determent yet.

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  32. Hey guys, the user "hmm" said in the last nadal thread that his uncle Miguel Angel Nadal failed a test at Barca. Anyone know anything about that?

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    1. Hadn't heard of that, and quick google couldn't find anything.

      He left Barcelona in 1999, which is a little before the period when doping became endemic in Spanish football - it was well established in Italy by then so it wouldn't be long (Guardiola went to Brescia in 2000 iirc, and failed a test for nandrolone the following year).

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    2. yea I hadn't heard it before either but to quote "hmm"

      "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. "

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  33. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2016/10/11/maria-sharapovas-teeth-grindingly-inappropriate-love-in-was-naus/

    "Oh, fear not, no harm done, all in a good cause, they would counter. Alas, if only this were so. At a time when Sharapova should be serving her time away from her profession, she is revelling in the attention lavished upon her by her admirers and apologists. It is a nauseating circus, which does tennis every discredit."

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    1. Oh dear god! then theres this one: Maria Sharapova can expect rush of wild cards after ban, says WTA chief. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2016/10/05/maria-sharapova-can-expect-rush-of-wild-cards-after-ban-says-wta/
      "But Simon (WTA CEO) insisted on Wednesday that Sharapova will not have to fight her way up from the very bottom of the ladder. “I think the game will welcome Maria back and I think it should,” he said. “I don’t speak for the slams, and I won’t want to put them in a position, but Maria has conducted herself with a great deal of integrity."

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  34. The Shanghai commentators talk about how "strong" Murray is looking this week. Of course he is. Yet it is only in this modern era that I have experienced seeing players becoming physical powerhouses as they approach 30 - especially when, in their early twenties - as with Murray - their athletic skills, their strength, speed and stamina, were nowhere near the same level. Yup, the dopers are winning - in every sense of the word. The furore over Sharapova is blinding us to the obvious; they are everywhere.

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    1. Murray currently reminds me of a peak Djokovic or Nadal: tireless speed and power. None of them appear to have become so naturally.

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  35. Nick Kygrious attitude to Tennis ATM reminds me of a disillusioned kid who found out theres no santa claus at Christmastime.

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    1. He will never beat Janowicz who made a habit of misbihaving and losing control not only when talking to the press:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzIvP4NTUn4

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    2. Kyrgios has been fined for his "performance" on Wednesday...

      "On Thursday, the Association of Tennis Professionals announced that Kyrgios received the maximum possible fine of $10,000 (£8,000) for showing a “lack of best efforts” in the match, as well as a $5,000 (£4,000) fine for the verbal abuse of a spectator and a $1,500 (£1,230) fine for unsportsmanlike conduct."

      https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/13/nick-kyrgios-fined-shanghai-masters-lack-of-best-efforts

      This guy will never be a top player. He'll never win a slam. He hasn't got the temperament.

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    3. In a doping free world, Kyrgios might be #1 or #2 in the rankings right now. He has natural strength and talent. Isn't he the top ranked junior in the top 100?

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    4. "Nick Kygrious attitude to Tennis ATM reminds me of a disillusioned kid who found out theres no santa claus at Christmastime."


      Have you seen this:

      http://www.menstennisforums.com/1133-off-topic/840441-tired-kyrgios-during-practice-novak-would-ready-go-definitely-illegal.html

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    5. I like Kyrgios. He's a character. He makes the game more interesting. Tennis has been a bit stuffy and stale like golf - the preserve of the genteel classes - all of which feels a bit out of date.

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    6. Wow, what does Kyrgios mean by sarcastically saying 'definitely legal' twice, re Djokovic?

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    7. Kyrgios is a kid with a big mouth who probably has the exces at the ATP walking on eggshells with his unpredictable behavior. I like him (don't know why) but i sort of pity him as well. obviously he's going through the motions and no matter how much money he makes, he doesn't want the commitment of a pro Tennis career.
      If he's this pissed off about Tennis now, just wait till he gets to that point at middle age where hindsight kicks in and he decides to write all about it.

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  36. Wawrinka can play so badly sometimes - as he is currently demonstrating against the running backboard that is Gilles Simon (surely one of the most boring players ever?) - that you might think the match was fixed. It's difficult to see how Wawrinka has ever won slams.

    I also think each likely dopes to their respective strengths: Stan for power and Simon for his legs - his endless running. Of course it doesn't always put a brain on your shoulders - as we can see with Stan.

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  37. Watching Momfils v Goffin I'm like what the world am I watching. These guys have way too much power for too long. I can understand power but the length of time they have is simply inhuman for the rigors of tennis. These guys don't even sweat like Chang etc like in the 80's & 90's.

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  38. More trouble for Wiggins. He missed three drug tests.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-3838882/Sir-Bradley-Wiggins-new-drugs-storm-British-cycling-star-s-test-blunder-just-three-months-Rio-Olympics-revealed.html

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  39. What is going on with Djokovic, I wonder? Yesterday, he barely made it past Mischa Zverev and now, he has lost to Bautista-Agut in straight sets. It's almost as if he has cut out the dope ever since he completed the Nole Slam. If this keeps up, Murray might snatch away the #1 ranking after all...

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    1. If you remember before the French Open, Murray came out with some doping comments indirectly pointing the finger at Djokovic. Later in the coming weeks, it was reported Murray practised with Djokovic and Nadal pre-French. Djokovic's form has been shaky post-French. In business, the big guns in the industry can often get together and rig the market by fixing prices. The tennis equivalent of collusion would be Murray telling Djokovic in private that it looks bad if he keeps on winning everything and working out a grand slam sharing agreement.

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    3. Murray "The Man Mountain" - whatever he says publicly about doping - looks like a machine out there. As does the risen without trace Spaniard, Bautista-Agut.

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    4. I don't believe theres one athlete out there making serious money is not on legal/illegal doping. Maybe theres an internal unspoken law though. Only when an athlete uses drugs or methods that are unknown to the rest of them, the law is then broken and their outraged.

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  40. Watching Murray vs. Simon is the most boring tennis I've seen in a long time. Although Murray's constant cursing and berating himself is a spectacle in itself, Simon, it would seem, has zero personality. Let's see which country makes the best backboards: France or Scotland.

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    1. Neither will tire. Paint will dry before they miss.

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  41. Watching a replay of the Djokovic/Bautista Agut match. Bautista Agut raging against ump Carlos Bernardes in true Spanish fashion. He learned well from his countryman Nadal.

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    1. This berating of umpires is as old as the hills, but it always seemed staged. These days with line technologies there's little reason to go off at the umpire/linespeople. Of course its the players responsibly (that word no Tennis players understand) to challenge.
      Again Bernedes correctly follows the regulation and a player is harasses him? I have a lot of respect for Bernedes, he seems fair but strict when officiating, its a shame the way he's treated by the ATP and the players.

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  42. In the meantime No. 1 in cross country skiing, Norwegian, Therese Johaug was caught doping. The clostebol that is an synthetic steroid was apparently swallowed accidentally when she was applying the cream over the mouth. In the press conference she burst into tears and hoping to convince everyone about her innocence. Next she accused her doctor who prescribed her the cream. She must have swallowed a dozen of tubes of cream to have such high volume of clostebol in the body!

    We should add her to the best excuses for doping to the pantheon of Gasquet and Cilic.

    Before she got caught she was making bald statements that she was taking asthma drugs without being sick as did the rest of her countrymen in cross skiing.
    Watching her winning 3 gold the medals in Olympics in Russia, one by one did not raise too much suspicion. The dominance of Norway in this sport was simply justified that they have the best conditions to master it. Over a year ago I remember the article in Norwegian press that the scandinavian have less tendency to take to doping like the Spaniards and people from the south.
    Does the doping has any country limitations? I doubt that.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3835933/Norwegian-cross-country-skier-Therese-Johaug-tests-positive.html

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  43. So, Caroline Wozniacki had moved up about 60 spots in the rankings in the past six weeks. She was in the 70s at the US Open and had she lost in the first round, she would've been out of the top 100 after starting the year at #17. Prior to the US, she had two top 40 wins all season - Stosur (who has been in a massive slump since the French) and Gavrilova (whose year has been mediocre at best). Plus, she was 1-7 in 3 set matches and won more than two matches at a tournament only once (Auckland, the first tournament of the year).

    From the US until now, she's 19-3 with her only losses to Radwanska (2x) and Kerber. She had four top 10 wins over the course of two tournaments (US and Tokyo, beating Kuznetsova/Keys/Suarez Navarro/Radwanska) and has not lost a three-set match (5-0) since June.

    Granted, Woz missed some time due to injury (she didn't play from Miami in late March to Nottingham in early June, dropping from 25 to 34 in the rankings) and she did have a pretty decent year last year, so this run of form isn't coming from absolutely nowhere. And for all her success recently, she's had some luck in the draws, as Kuznetsova is a head case, Keys has the lowest tennis IQ I've ever seen from a top 10 player, Suarez Navarro never beats anyone of significance, and Radwanska's been in a swoon since early this season. Her other recent top 50 wins have been against Bencic (who's been injured and hasn't been a factor on tour since February), Sevastova (who got injured about 3 games into their match), Jankovic (who had one good tournament this year prior to this week), and Stosur.

    But the turnaround from her not being able to win matches to all of a sudden being damn near invincible is very jarring. And makes me wonder if she's had some assistance along the way.

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    1. Caroline Wozinaki is probably the most dim witted pro out there.
      I remember during her "Ankle" injury this year she was napped by a television presenter (reporting on Monte Carlo F1) standing around in a pair of sandals (no support strapping around her ankle what so ever) looking like a rabbit caught in headlights - yeah Caroline your suppose to have an ankle injury you stupid cow.

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    2. It may be true that Wozniacki is doping but if you look at the losses that caused her rankings to drop, it's not so "jarring." When Azarenka was starting her comeback, they played each other in the early rounds of something like four tournaments and Wozniacki lost every one of them. Nothing shocking there. As Wozniacki began to eek out some wins and her ranking got into the low 40s and 30s, she started to be seeded in some of the smaller tournaments giving her better draws and she was lucky not to have run across power players. Seeding and the draw has always had a huge impact on iffy players. And Wozniacki is still in her mid-20s. Like I said, Caro may be doping, but it seems like a reach to make that accusation on what's in front of us.

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  44. Nick Kyrgios banned for eight weeks & fined $25,000 by ATP

    "Australian Nick Kyrgios has been banned for eight weeks and fined $25,000 (£20,560) by the ATP for his behaviour - including "lack of best efforts" - in last week's Shanghai Masters.

    Kyrgios' suspension is set to end on Sunday, 15 January 2017.

    But the ATP, the governing body for men's tennis, said the ban would be reduced to three weeks if Kyrgios agrees to "a plan of care under the direction of a sports psychologist".

    Tennis Australia said Kyrgios has agreed to seek professional help and that it would continue to offer advice."

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/37676278

    Of course Djokovic and Murray both defend him. Probably because their transgressions are far worse.

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    1. Yeah and weirdly enough on condition that he sees a physiologist? It doesn't need a professional head doctor to see the boy is beaten down mentally. Like most exterior factors in the workplace it has to do with the culture of the place and the people who occupy it.

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    3. I can understand some of the criticism but the media has gone WAY overboard here. You don't see this kind of furore when Fognini or Tomic do the same. They just target this young man and add to that all the nasty comments about him on social media, it's akin to bullying if you ask me. What about when Stan doesn't try? Or Murray's foul language? Or Zverev smashing his racket on the floor about 20 times? Or Dimitrov's match ending point penalties vs Schwartzman. Can you imagine the outrage if Nick acted like Djokovic the other day by ripping his shirt and then changing it when his opponent was waiting to serve (also smashed his racket).

      No matter what happens, he shouldn't even bother trying to win the fans over after this. Stop wasting your talent, go and win some slams and rub it in their face.

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  45. "Australia's tempestuous talent Nick Kyrgios has the potential to be a future grand slam champion but could just as easily be lost to the sport if he fails to get the support he needs, according to former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash."
    So they're all having a dig at the poor guy - do you know what if NK quits Tennis it might be the best life decision he'll make, rather that than encouraging him to remain miserable and surrounded by assholes. He can then always sicken them all by writing a tell all book though.

    https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/esp-tennis-banned-kyrgios-quit-without-proper-support-cash-043925688--ten.html

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  46. Breaking News!!

    "Roger Federer was the special guest at the official opening of the Rafa Nadal Academy on Wednesday"

    "Rafa, you're an inspiration, the way you came back from injuries, you made it seem easy, when you broke into the top-10, top-5 again and became world no. 1. I hope to live something like this when I am back on the Tour in January,'......

    http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/Roger_Federer/37436/roger-federer-i-am-using-nadal-as-an-inspiration-for-coming-back-strong-in-2017-/

    Best regards.

    Fabrice

    PS dedicated to those people who still think Federer has always been doping free!!

    In other words: like attracts like!! It's just a law of nature!!

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    1. "I hope to live something like this when I am back on the Tour in January"

      Well Mr. Federer that will depend on if you have a magic doctor and if said doctor is as good as Nadal's. Also legitimate injuries are difficult to recover from, so you may be disappointed there.

      Also, aside from Federer's appearance, I saw some pictures of both Chris Kermode (ATP President) and David Haggerty (ITF President) at the opening of Nadal's Academy- they all posed together.

      What were the presidents of the ITF & ATP doing there? This just highlights yet again the cozy relationship that exists between Tennis players and the governing bodies.

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    2. "This just highlights yet again the cozy relationship that exists between Tennis players and the governing bodies."

      You Are Right 100%!!

      And above all, with all the negative consequences of a dysfunctional system like that!!

      All the best!

      Fabrice

      PS talking of the "cozy tennis family", think about a living tennis legend like John McEnroe who has just given a warm welcome to Sharadopa..!!

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    3. Nadal is the equivalent of a bad bank that's too big to fail. Doesn't matter what bad things he does, the tour will bail him out.

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    4. Fabrice, are you seriously implying that such a comment is some sort of proof that Federer has been using illegal performance enhancers? Well, if Federer comes back and wins everything in sight, then I take it he has gone the same way as Nadal did. If he does show some mediocre play and not win big titles, he might as well have been ironic about the magic Spaniard

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    5. Federer's got nothing else going on. If he doesn't want to become a distant memory for his fans (incidentally, his website has been MIA for over a month - odd to say the least), then he has to keep making appearances. I don't read anything into this show of support. He'll probably also show up at the World Tour Finals in London in November. He's been nominated again for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award (along with Murray, Nadal and Wawrinka). Notice no Djokovic there. Must really irk the world no. 1 that he is so not loved. By the way, there's an article on the home page of the ATP site about Nadal's new academy so he's getting full support from the Association of Tennis Professionals.

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    6. "And above all, with all the negative consequences of a dysfunctional system like that!!"

      All The ITF has to do is outsource all their drug testing to an outside/independent body. It solves the problem. But then that would mean Stuart Miller will be unemployed!

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    7. Tennis is a business and both Federer and Nadal are big draws. I don't see anything nefarious in any of this. It's a reach to see this as inappropriate or evidence of wrongdoing. If this is the best case we can make, the case against doping in tennis is in big trouble.

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    8. @Mary

      I just found Kermode and Haggerty's appearance there interesting considering Nadal is in the the middle of a doping allegation lawsuit. But as you said he's one of the big draws so it's not surprising that they would continue to support him as they've done in the past.

      And Fabrice, I saw Sharapova's "triumphant" return to the tennis court and the warm welcome she received. She truly has no shame.

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    9. none of those involved in that las vegas expo have any shame.

      I wonder if Sharapova thinks she'll get the same welcome from the home crowd at Roland Garrous - FO will be an interesting meter.

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  48. Poor Rafa, out for the season. Plenty of time to recuperate. Let's see how he comes back this time.

    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2016/10/rafael-nadal-left-wrist-ends-atp-season/61949/

    And Novak might want to be out for the season too! In which case he will be 'well rested' for his best tournament.

    Melbourne 2017 could be interesting...

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    1. I guess that elusive Year End Championship (WTFs) will remain elusive. That is quite a hole in the Spaniard's resume and one I think he will never fill. But it's not like this is the first time he's taken months off.

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  49. While watching a film "The Wrestler", I wondered how common this scene is in locker rooms throughout sport?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-BeZC0wvWo

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  50. Interesting:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/maria-sharapovas-return-womens-tennis-red-carpet-being-laid-garbine-muguruza-a7379671.html

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    1. I still want to know if Sharapova is still taking Meldonium with a TUE. If she claims to need the drug for whatever medical condition she claims to have, then how can she go on without the drug? I wanna know.

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    2. Who can hit the ball harder, Sharapova or Muguruza LoL, i wouldn't be paying to watch that.

      After the Sharapova Vs ITF press debacle, who knows they might apply some unprecedented scrutiny to her applications - she made them out to look like a bunch of fools after all.
      With Sharapovas game (as it was and probably still will be) she'll need something stronger than Meldonium to get back into the top ten.

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  51. CAS doubles a ban of Boston Marathon winner after the IAAF challenged her two year by Athletics Kenya - but i guess the moral of the story with CAS is...it depends on who's paying the fees.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/boston-marathon-winner-rita-jeptoo-has-doping-ban-doubled-1.2844026

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  52. http://www.firstpost.com/sports/serena-williams-dominance-is-over-time-for-new-rivalries-tennis-legend-chris-evert-3079674.html

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    1. in that article...

      "She (Martina Navratilova) defended Sharapova over her doping ban, pointing out that meldonium was a drug that had been allowed for many years.
      "It was pretty clear that she wasn't meaning to cheat as I've said many times before. She took a drug that was legal for so many years...
      "The price that she's paid and is still paying is bigger than her mistake but that's how it goes. Now she has an opportunity to come back," Navratilova added."

      Wow. Well done Martina. No mention of why Maria had been taking that drug for over 10 years. Surely she must be dead by now if she had to stop taking it (against doctor's orders of course) **eyeroll**

      "The price that she's paid and is still paying is bigger than her mistake but that's how it goes. " That, to me, is almost an admission of guilt by Martina. As if anyone thought she was actually playing clean. She should really keep her mouth shut about these things.

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    2. Lopi,
      I posted this to just the duplicity. On one hand, Martina defends Sharapova and on the other hand she and Chris Evert implicitly showed their long time dislike of Serena.

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    3. Whoa! Nartina and Chris, heh; shake my head! That's just too obvious, isn't it! I know that Serena has had a huge ego for a long time and I've heard she can be unbearable, but whoooooa!

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    4. Martina won't criticize Sharapova. Doesn't mean she likes her only she won't admit a protege of one of her Eastern European academies was encouraged to take drugs for over ten years.

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  53. The say she was one of the first to introduce so much strength and stamina to womens tennis. Also playing for Usa instead of czech rep was a good and safe move if any illegal doings were helping her out.

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  54. Andy Murray about to become new numero uno if he wins Paris Masters? Having his best year tied with Djoker at 7 titles. Who would have thought Djoker would be dethroned within this year by another 29y/o.

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    1. "Who would have thought Djoker would be dethroned within this year by another 29y/o."

      Not yet happened but presumably only the slowest witted couldn't have worked out by now that if the world No 1 continues to be out of sorts, the most likely candidate to replace him is the number 2?

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    2. Sorry but tennis is no longer a sport. Its a circus akin to WWF. At the start of the year, Djokovic is uncatchable. Pre-French, Murray accuses Djokovic of taking drugs. Djokovic's form mysteriously drops. Murray catches up. Don't tell me this is all real and unscripted.

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    3. @Northwestcircus, realize u r a Murray fan but what my point was is that Djoker was sooooo far ahead of the rest of the field that it seemed very unlikely that he could be dethroned this year. And yet once his level of play dipped, Murray could start dominating the sport. They r both 29 & still playing great tennis (except for Djoker's recent decline possibly brought about by behind the scenes doping allegations---who knows cause nothing's transparent!). We can't keep saying the rest of the field is so weak every time a player just dominates the sport. We have to say, what's making these 3 or 4 players dominate for soooo long-----r they really that much better than everyone else in the pro tennis world?!! U have to be very naive if u actually believe this. @Riva--- do agree with u that something fishy is going on, not necessarily by the players but by the higher ups with the way the draws seem fixed & the way that they try to build up a number 1 player & then once people had enough of him, they build up a new number 1 just to keep things interesting. It is frankly a big joke!

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    4. Yeah, me too. What i find strange is Djokovics dethroning comes within months Serena's long standing dominance in the WTA ending. Djokovic after winning FO and Serena after winning her 22nd slam after which both subsequently gave up in 2016...
      Tennis is all but starting to reek of a poorly scripted sitcom these days. Question is who's pulling the strings?

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    5. Serena gave up in 2016??? you always seem to be convinced by your own assumptions

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    6. With 8 tourney's played and ending in September, she sort of did.

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  55. This is a bit weird, it might explain Djokovic's rumoured marriage problems.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-3891218/Novak-Djokovic-hopes-love-peace-return-imperious-best-world-No-1-turns-ex-journeyman-player-spiritual-guru-Pepe-Imaz.html

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    1. Once you have it all, what more is there? Look at Donald Trump. He has it all so now he's eyeing the White House. God help America if he gets elected. Maybe Djokovic should run for prez of Serbia. He's lost interest in the sport since he won the French Open. What's left for him? He's dissatisfied with his life. his marriage is probably suffering. I wouldn't be surprised if he retired soon.

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    2. At least DJK is not a political insider who has created a foundation to launder drug money and sell access to foreign governments for oil and acquisition of military weapons and military support, etc. Business as usual in the District of Criminals by the Capos, the Bush Clinton Crime Cabal, worse than the Mafia whom they've worked hand in glove with for decades. Consider the lesser of two evils in this situation, hold your nose and vote for DJK! It's the only chance we have of ending business as usual in the beltway; DRAIN THE SWAMP!
      Any scandals in tennis pale in comparison. a time when power mad corporations and conglomerates incestuous rule, aka Fascism. A simple Sign of The Times, SOTT.

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    3. Ooops, that's DJT, of course...

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    4. Oh geez. Sorry for the analogy. ***eyeroll***

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    6. This blog was the one place on the web that was my escape from politics. Ruined.

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    7. No need to be sorry, Pmaster. I get sick and tired of feeling like I'm living in Stepford town USA. It's all politics; this particular website is politics, and the people who own the management companies which own the tennis players probably own everything else that's wrong with this world. I don't have time to do that particular research but I'm sure there would be connections. Follow the money trail has never been a truer statement, ever, than it is right now. One of the basic definitions of the word politics is 'things related to people'. This thread was started by someone else, who apparently hasn't done any research into the nature of the pathological liar, crime family boss, with pretensions for the presidency of this once free country! It's their MO DNC, HRC and Company to paint the opponent with their own filthy brush. Anything you could accuse DJT of, HRC is about a thousand times more guilty (of). Anyway, drain the swamp, that's the key phrase and it's half past time to do that. Political correctness be damned. Things are not always as they seem especially when you're doing dealing with master obfuscators such as these two-faced career politicians are, and Our fourth estate, supposedly "Free Press" has stopped doing its investigative job a long time ago in preference to high paid salaries to repeat PSA's and not tell the truth. Isn't that why this blog exists? "Question everything!" Seems like it's about time for a new thread to begin on this blog anyway so may it rest in peace, this particular thread.

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    8. Anonymous; I agree with the others. I am a Hillary Clinton supporter (already voted) and I could write a long post about my disagreements with your post but that's not what this site is about. I come here to see what people have to say about the evidence of doping in tennis; not the American presidential race. It's not free speech to start yelling about something off subject; it's rude.

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    9. The issue is censorship. If the topic is presented by someone else and others can't comment on it, it's censorship and everybody cliques together and wants the rest of us to self censor and not have a word to say. There are only SIX (6) corporations that control all of our mainstream media including radio, television and print! If you watch TV and switch channels you will see that they all have pretty much the same message or maybe a little controlled opposition. My point has been made we live in Stepford Town, USA, period. Political correctness has killed honest discussion about so many things we couldn't even list them. I don't believe I was shouting by the way, and I still say my final word "drain the swamp" and take 'political correctness' with it!

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    10. @Anonymous009 You are incorrect. This blog is about doping in tennis (or more broadly, sport). There is no censorship here. Just try to stay on topic. I used Trump as an analogy of what happens when a person has everything, comparing to Djokovic, who, I think is at that point where he has nowhere else to go. He's won it all, done it all and now he's losing interest in the sport (I believe). That was not an invitation to spout off about your political views here. Sorry. But it wasn't.

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  56. WADA find serious failings in Antidoping procedures during the Rio Olympics.

    “In addition, there was little or no on-competition blood testing in many high-risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting."
    “The Wada IO team noted that some IF [international federation] delegates and even athletes and athlete support personnel were surprised that only urine samples and not blood samples were being collected on-competition.”

    Unbelievable...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/10/27/wada-report-exposes-serious-anti-doping-failings-at-rio-olympics/

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  57. Like you didn't really start this and like no one ever goes off topic here? Damage control too little too late. I have exercised my free-speech rights. As we speak the Clinton-Bush crime Cabal is collapsing along with their fraudulent world Fiat money making scheme through the central banks. The fraudulent USA, Inc. and its little inc-lings will collapse and be replaced by our lawful republic. We are living in historic times. Be glad that there are people who are willing to speak up and not be stifled by the stern looks and words of people who want to control the message. Once the dust settles we should all and I mean every living soul be living the fully entitled birthright that we all should've been living from 'jump Street. It's too bad none of you extremely talented researchers have put some of your energies towards understanding what's at the bottom of our screwed up world and had something to say about this subject aside from letting the censors prevail. By the way, for what it's worth, this (s)election process may not even happen.
    Peace out...

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  58. Former Tennis pro Koukalova on Serena and Maria (this is Czech so you might need to translate the page)

    Yet you very much achieved. What outcome you most appreciate?
    "The eight-finals of Roland Garros in 2012, I lost to Sharapova (4: 6, 7: 6, 2: 6). There I played to its limits. Of course service was not in the game much, but better from the back, I probably was not able to play. And anyway it was not enough. But for me it was the best result, I appreciate it probably more than its three tournament titles. Since this was at the Grand Slam tournament, which is the largest. I played center and even against Meldonium. "(Laughs)

    What do you think about doping case Sharapova?
    "I rather regret how it was swept under the surface of what used pills for Serena. She has since WADA authorized substance that has the same effects as heroin, creates a euphoric feeling and so on. So we are playing against Serena seriously ill .... How do hackers recently hauled to the surface, it turned out that Serena takes so many pills that perhaps is not possible. But then it suddenly hushed up and no one will not cut it. So at the moment to solve if he Sharapova Meldonium is weird. Of course it did not take too just to make her feel better breathing, but put its own house in order should the other. I had allergies when I had them on WADA to prove that I can not take another powder, I sent them to the test results. They decide whether I can spritz inhaler seven or eight times a day. They were really great with the obstruction, and then when you read what has allowed Serena, I'm sorry. "

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    1. http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/tenis/283767/koukalova-o-konci-kariery-uz-jsem-mela-deprese-ale-jsem-zajistena.html

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    2. Thanks for adding translation which is not hard to understand. Well what can you say about Serena that isn't sweetness and light and not be crushed I don't know. However some very intelligent seeming people with a deep background in the area have researched and found that her physical proportions (Shoulder width, ring finger length, height) are those of a man so perhaps she started out with male and female parts and has been on hormones all her life?... What up to recently, don't do breathe a word of anything like this about Serena or you are a racist. Sayin...

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  59. So Nadal hasn't finished playing Tennis in 2016 after all. Apparently he's signed up for IPTL.
    Interesting observation: Its a good thing Caffeine is only on the motoring list for "in Competition"...One of IPTL's sponsors is the Coca Cola company.

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    1. From unstoppable iron man to a guy who can hardly string more than two wins together. Maybe he's fallen off the wagon and started eating bread again?

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  61. I'm starting to wonder if Djoovic could retire from tennis within the next 12 months. The guy has obviously cut out the dope big time and looked completely disinterested for much of today's loss.

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    1. Maybe the ATP will send Djokovic off to see a Psychiatrist?
      One things for sure, i don't see Berdych causing much of an upset to Murray. So who's left...Isner, JWT, Clic, Ranoic.
      Djokovic was the only real barrier (as he has been all year) to Murray win/loss record. so i won't be surprised if we have a new number 1 soon.

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    2. Maybe he'll book a one way ticket on a round trip ocean liner, grow a beard and go incognito for a bit. That's right after he cracks up mentally on court in a overly dramatic way (takes his shoes and socks off, starts crying etc). A bit like in Royal Tenenbaums.

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    3. Well, it certainly doesn't look good for Nadal, Roger, or Djoker from here on out. They all may retire very soon. So, we are left with Murray who is soon to be numero uno & possibly Stan who resurges out of nowhere every now & then, even though the two of them r not exactly spring chickens.
      Djoker has gone so high (literally) with his life that he has no way to go except down seeing that all that he's achieved in the tennis world hasn't exactly been honest. A life of the high seas should give him plenty of time for contemplation...

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    5. Djokovic is on detox right now. Just like 2013 post Aussie Open and through 2014. Pretty confident he'll bounce back and winning Grandslams for many years to come.

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    6. Djoke has won the last four World Tour Finals. I wonder if he'll win it this year. Maybe he lost in Paris to give himself some extra time to prepare for London. He is defending 1300 points there. If he wants to end the year No. 1 it's crucial that he does well in London.

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    7. Djokovic is off the juice right now and it turns out he's a pretty crap player really who can hardly string a couple of victories together. Can't see him doing anything in London and he seems to already have mentally conceded the no1 spot today in his presser today.

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    8. Murray is certainly not off the juice. His train is going in the opposite direction as Djokovic, despite their both being the same age. My present rule of thumb is that dramatic changes in form in top players - whether improvements or declines (barring genuine injury) - are related to their doping programmes. These are not trends I observed in earlier generations of players (before the nineties, at least.)

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    9. Reading up on Djokovic and Murray rivalry, they first faced each other competitively at eleven. Both have worked steadily in the game since. It was only after 2011 (the year of no Gluten) that Djokovic really became a threat on tour and became untouchable even by Nadal and Federer. Murray seeing the light and getting with the program isn't too far fetched in respect of doping.
      Or,
      The Tennis powers that are felt of Djokovic's dominance stagnated competition and parallel with the WTA a change of guard was in order. A lot of tongue in cheek comments were made about dopers at the top ranks of Tennis even by players (Kygrios's "Djokovic would be ready" comment the most recent). mistrust in the game must have resonated upwards and Djokovic has been told to lose so Murray can get NO.1 and end this superman farce of the past few years.

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    10. The cynic in me agrees with you G Murph. For sure there's something nefarious going on. Tennis has become the new WWF. It seems it's all for show.

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    11. That's the reason why they allowed Djokovic to become superman and dethrone Nadal. Tha's the same reason why Federer stuck around for so long. Without either Fed or Nadal, Tennis as we know it just won't exist.

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    12. Slow courts have inched out Serve and volley (which i think brings dimension to the game) in favor of baseline power rallies. This i believe will damage to the sport more at face value than a churn of personalities on it.

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  62. Murray is now World No. 1 thanks to a walkover by Raonic. An apparent right leg injury. I no longer believe all of these injuries are real. I'm convinced there's something more sinister going on. LOL. I've become such a cynic. But I can't say I'm sorry to see Djoker leave the top of the list. I just hope Murray can keep it going till the end of the year and finish at No.1 The lesser of two evils I guess. It's hard to believe that Djokovic couldn't hold on to the No.1 spot despite winning two slams and four Masters this year. Shocking actually.

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    1. Djokovic had lot of points to defend from previous year, thatz the downside of winning so much for the following year---u gotta keep it up. And Murray didn't have near as much points to defend & is having the best year of his career, winning 7 titles (possibly winning 8 tomorrow---don't really see Isner as much of a threat) & then maybe ending the year with 9 if he wins WTF. It certainly does look like a changing of the guards. Thinking this b/c Nadal & Roger dominated the sport For about 4-5 yrs. and we are at year 5 for Djoker. These drugs will eventually kill u if maybe u go beyond 5 yrs. of utter sheer dominance. Not saying he's gonna stop using, it's just he may not be able to use to the extent he's been using without suffering something very serious. But also think something else is going on where the higher ups r no longer happy with his dominance, perhaps from other players disgust (it was very odd at USOpen how many of his opponents withdrew or tanked). Or perhaps the higher ups just wanna build a new numero uno. It's reached that time. Have to also agree with GMurph above that it's very strange how Serena also dropped form this year

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    2. But year end World No. 1 has nothing to do with the previous year because the Race is all about the points accumulated this calendar year. Murray has won 7 tournaments but only one Major and 2 (possibly 3) Masters compared to Djoker's 2 slams and 4 Masters. It will all come down to the World Tour Finals I guess. Duel to the death.

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  63. Ironically enough, just as he finally claims the No. 1 from Djokovic Murray has said in an interview with the German SZ that it'd be "naive" to think tennis is clean. Pretty much everything in tennis feels scripted these days.

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    1. Hypocrite. If Murray wants to actually help the sport as the new number one, he should start playing clean. Oh wait, how is he supposed to stay one then!!!

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    2. Murray. Another player peaking as he enters what used to be considered the age of tennis retirement. "Bigger, stronger, faster" - the mantra of 'roided athletes. It now applies to tennis players like Murray. Before him - Nadal and then Djokovic (remember him?)

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  65. Accusations of fowl play as pigeon fanciers are said to have doped their birds with COCAINE before races.......

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3907516/Accusations-fowl-play-pigeon-fanciers-said-doped-birds-COCAINE-races.html#ixzz4PAV2PJmS

    Pigeon racing is obviously full of corruption and doping. Thank God tennis is so clean

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    1. In a way this is actually worst than the average jock doping, they have a choice the animals don't.
      One of the cases that really annoyed me was in show jumping. Cian O'Connor (of Ireland) won Gold in show jumping but his horse Waterford Crsytal was later found to have been injected with a banned substance. The Gold medal was revoked but Cian O'Connor was allowed to compete in London 2012 (he won Bronze) instead of been shamed and charged with animal cruelty.

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    2. What do you make of brain or concentration drugs like ritalin and modafinil? Not so long ago, there was a survey of academics in the New Scientist that concluded that roughly 15-20% of all academics were taking something. I don't know how many university students are taking them before exams. We all have experimented with social entertainment drugs for fun at some point. But taking substances to get a competitive edge at work, should that be legal? Should we all be drug tested at work? What about people in the army who take steroids because its an increasing part of the culture - should that be encouraged? Some questions to ponder over - I'm not sure what the right answer is.

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    3. Most companies do screen there employees for drugs and alcohol, but i doubt theres that much reward in taking drugs to enhance your working ability.
      For example most jobs pay out a fixed salary and perhaps a performance related bonus. But these bonus's are subject to the profit of the company and employees meeting key indicators relating to their role. Certainly you can cheat at your job, i do (i take my work home some weekends when i'm behind on a deadlines - i don't get paid extra, i get time off in lieu) but theres not much reward except showing your competent to remain employable.

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  66. So Andy Murray is undefeated since the US Open. Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna, Paris.

    You can debate the quality of opponents, but he still had to step on court and play those matches. Is he on something, who knows? but if this performance of his were put up by the usual suspects, I'm sure his fans would be crying foul.

    Can he win the World Tour Finals? We'll see. I mean surely all the matches he's been playing catch up to him?

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    1. At 29, what explains his dramatic recent improvement? No "grip changes" to speak of?

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  67. And interesting comments from Koukalova above regarding the TUEs leaks. Murray's were:
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    Andy Murray says athletes should have to publish TUEs straight away

    Professional athletes should be required to publish their Therapeutic Use Exemptions as soon as they are granted, according to Andy Murray, who also told Telegraph Sport that “I have never used a TUE in my life.”
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    Asked if he had followed the debate over Team Sky and their use of TUEs, Murray replied “I’ve seen quite a lot of it. I don’t think every TUE is bad, but there are TUEs that are abused, for sure. And I do think that now is the time when all TUEs should be transparent.
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    “Everyone should know, if an athlete is given a TUE, what it is they’re taking and the reasons for it. And also the medical reasons behind it because we don’t always find that out. Maybe that isn’t perfect and a lot of people like to keep their medical records confidential. But when things like this happen, it could clear a lot of things up.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2016/10/24/andy-murray-says-athletes-should-have-to-publish-tues-straight-a/


    "I have never used a TUE in my life.”

    But a few years ago he mentioned that he had a cortisone shot for his back, would he not have needed a TUE for that? perhaps someone here can clarify?

    By the way it looks as though we're be getting no more leaks from Fancy Bears.

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