Federer in favour of regular doping tests

Roger Federer has backed calls by Rafael Nadal for the results of regular doping tests on ATP Tour players to be made openly available on a weekly basis.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:56 AM

The 31-year-old Swiss and the likes of Andy Murray have recently urged for stricter doping controls to maintain the integrity of the sport in the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong scandal that’s rocked cycling to its very core.

Nadal has seemingly gone further than that by insisting upon the publication stipulation as well in an interview conducted in his native Spanish and Federer has given the suggestion his unequivocal approval and support.

“I don’t think people care about tests if nothing comes up,” the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship title holder said.

“I mean it’s obviously a relief every time you hear that your test was fine you know! But, we only care about that one test that wasn’t fine. “It’s an idea. I’m for transparency and aggressive tests and I have always been like that. It’s just important that we make sure that the integrity of the game is kept where it’s supposed to be and everybody – the players and the tour – has to agree that we should be trying to do that.

“There is a big sense of urgency that we make sure that our sport stays as clean as possible. It’s very important.”


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