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Has Nadal Run Afoul of the Doping Laws?

Read this little article in the New York Times about Nadal getting a surprise doping test yesterday.

Nadal Gets Surprise Drug Test
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM ET

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal says he underwent a surprise drug test toward the end of a week in which the Spaniard was the butt of jokes by a French TV program about his country’s alleged ties to doping.

Nadal wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday: “8:30 in the morning!!!Just finished passing a surprise antidoping test…it was expected after everything…but I’m happy it’s like this!”

The Spanish sports ministry contacted its French counterparts to complain over the satirical skits. It is considering legal action after Spain’s tennis and cycling federations said they would sue Canal Plus for using its logo in a video that poked fun at Nadal.

Former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain received a doping ban on Monday.

 

 

Nadal may laugh and tweet about it, but I think there are more than some people out there, maybe WADA, itself, the organization involved in drug testing, that think Nadal has run afoul of the laws.

First, there was his manly physique from an early age when Uncle Toni and even his uncle, the soccer star, weren’t built so muscularly. Then there was Nadal’s quick pullout of Wimbledon with a knee injury that seemed like maybe he pulled out because he didn’t want to risk a drug test. Then there was Nadal’s mysterious 10 mph rise in his serve before the US Open last year. And this year, a former player I talked to, said he was stunned watching the Australian Open fifth set, where at 4-all in games, during the first point of the next game, Nadal and Djokovic engaged in a long, physical rally that left Djokovic on one knee, heaving for breath afterward. Nadal, this player said, walked up to the line to serve the next point, barely breathing.

This player continued to say that it’s not like Nadal doesn’t stretch the rules in other areas of the game. He once took a 20-minute bathroom break in a match this player played against him in the third set in Madrid. He calls injury timeouts on other players’s serves down two sets to one at Wimbledon like he did against Petschner. His country, Spain, is notorious for breaking the doping rules, as this most-recent Albert Contador Tour de France cycling case shows again. This player maintains that for the top guys, testing for doping is a losing games, because the top players can hire doctors to administer drugs that are a step ahead of the testing.

One wonders how a guy can seriously injure his knee before the Australian Open and then reel off seven matches where he ran like a lion. No one knows for sure except Nadal and his team, but the question marks are definitely there.

41 comments

  • Mitch · February 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    The US Open serve speed boost seems the fishiest to me. Have you ever heard of or seen anything like that before? I can understand him picking up a few mph, but how and why would it only be temporary?

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Nothing would be a shock. Several players have said we would never hear about it if a major star tested positive as it would cost the tour tons of money if the top star had to be suspended. Google “operation puerto” about the Spanish athletes and doping. Also, did you know that the socer star Lionel Messi supposedly had some kind of childhood condition that a doctor ordered Messi needed to take I believe it was HGH as a kid all through his childhood? I read this last year in a soccer mag and was astounded to read it. Maybe this is a reason why Messi became such a superhuman player? Are there any Messi Frankensteins in other sports too? Intriguing subject.

  • Andrew Miller · February 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Speculation. Listen I added 10 mph to my serve just by doing something different. Agassi did too. Nadal’s serve really isn’t huge anyways – it averages 110 MPH. So better technique can get him in the 120s, which is where Agassi’s serve went after he really worked on it and developed a more natural motion.

    So when it comes to the additional “MPH” and where it came from, it’s not like Nadal is serving even as fast as Federer – let alone Isner and Karlovic. He’s not – not even with the additional MPH and the new and improved techniques.

    Nadal’s service motion isn’t real fluid – so if he does improve his service I have no doubt it has MPH implications.

    Just look at Djokovic! When he started working with Todd Martin, his service motion was out to lunch. It lost so much speed and all the above that it became, to my eyes, a sorry-a$ serve. But then Djokovic dropped Todd Martin, got his old coach back, and wouldnt you know it, more MPH – a LOT MORE MPH!

    And when it comes to doping offenses, our good ol USA is right up there. Check out Baseball. Maybe some cycling. Track and Field. We aint the cleanest.

  • Author comment by Dan Markowitz · February 14, 2012 at 1:05 am

    No one said we’re the cleanest, but Nadal does bend the imagination. Who goes in for an MRI the day before the tournament begins and then plays like he’s a total warrior. He looked stronger than Djokovic physically and that wasn’t the case last year in Miami or at the US Open.

  • Mitch · February 14, 2012 at 2:31 am

    It’s reasonable for a player to be able to increase their serve speed, but how come a player of Nadal’s caliber could only sustain that boost for one tournament? We haven’t seen serving like that from him since the 2010 US Open.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 14, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Dan the pre-Australian Open knee injury and worst pain of my life bit could have been a complete hoax if you go by how well he played and competed during the fortnight. Or maybe just maybe he made a miraculous sudden recovery and the knee pain just suddenly mysteriously vanished.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 14, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Fair and good question.

  • Andrew Miller · February 14, 2012 at 4:37 am

    The issue of Nadal’s knees comes up all the time. I think he definitely has a knee problem because his whole game, more than other players, is based on his mobility. As goes his mobility, as goes Nadal.

    It’s arguable his game depends on mobility more than Michael Chang, given Chang had a better serve. Nadal is just better at ever other dimension of the game, including mobility, than Chang.

    Nadal’s game is like a retriever. He is one of the most resourceful players in the game – turning scraps into highlights. Even Djokovic refuses to play a game like Nadal’s – Djokovic never out-Nadals Nadal – he just makes Nadal pay for Nadal’s punishing style of play.

    As for Nadal’s strength, Agassi once said the future would look like Nadal – bigger players with more mobility, who turned gym strength into a weapon to accompany their speed and range. Nadal is a very solid 188 pounds, which is about 7 pounds below Michael Jordan’s weight in Jordan’s prime (195 pounds), with Nadal giving up a few inches to Jordan. Federer’s 187 pounds. Djokovic is 176 pounds. Murray is 185 pounds.

    I understand what everyone’s saying – that it is possible. Of course it’s possible. It’s also entirely not possible. Nadal takes off time – as in Serena Williams time. And no one accuses Serena of doping.

  • Author comment by Dan Markowitz · February 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I think Nadal’s serve is better than Chang, he’s about six inches taller than Chang. The player who made the accusation about Nadal, and obviously there are others who have made it, there’s a whole web site devoted to the subject, says that Nadal looked ridiculously fresh against Djoko even deep into the fifth set. He also said that Nadal comes from a country and a background, where cheating by taking PED’s is commonplace. There’s also his sometimes his actions taking timeouts on court that he pointed out. But if you read Nadal’s background and hear him talk, you could draw that he’s as pure as snow and would never take an unfair advantage. So it’s not cut-and-dried.

  • Steve · February 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    “Then there was Nadal’s mysterious 10 mph rise in his serve before the US Open last year.” –I know 100% this was due to a technique change. It’s well documented on the web with video & pictures.

    As far as his build you must take into account he probably works harder than anyone else. When he was out with a leg injury he was practicing forehands while sitting in a chair on court. He also hasn’t had a freakish Barry Bonds-like size increase. He just looks like a guy that works out hard in the gym, IMO.

  • Harold · February 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    That 195 for Jordan, might be his rookie weight, by the end of his career he was 220 with monster shoulders. Had his whole career on WGN,even though i’m a huge Knick fan. Jordans games with the Bulls were like Grateful Dead concert in the 70′s, you had to see every one.
    Dont think Nadal juices, but those 135 mph serves in 2010, were mighty suspicious

  • Steve · February 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I noticed he kinda reverted back to his old serving technique a little lately.
    I think he was injured in the last US Open final though.

  • Steve · February 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Is this legit?
    Rafa: The Anatomy of a Service Change.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GljqJv84tTI

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Nadal doesn’t lift weights, I think he just has a big frame, some people are just like that. His uncle and father are big guys, even Toni is pretty husky. Rafa does not have the really muscular vascular definition that body builders and weight lifters do. But the way he recovers so quickly after long matches and never seems tired is superhuman like.

  • Andrew Miller · February 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

    To me this (Nadal’s size) is the whopper. I hope Nadal lifts weights or does a heck of a lot of pushups. He has the biggest arms in pro tennis.

    The other whopper to me, and just expressing my own bit of cynicism, is that Nadal’s view of Agassi changed, for the worse, with Agassi’s admitting crystal meth use. To be fair, Nadal was more disappointed with the ATP cover up over the crystal meth use and the lack of punishment while other players, who tested positive, faced suspensions and fines (you could argue Agassi faced his own self-imposed suspension – he lost to just about everyone in his journey to #141 in the world and was more or less exiled – self imposed again). But Nadal’s criticism were public. At that point I thought sheesh, if Nadal ever faces the same and shows so little sympathy now, he won’t get much if something happens to him.

    Roddick came off as the ultimate sportsman. But Federer and Nadal and Djokovic – they’ve been as good ambassadors as the sport has ever had.

    In the past year I must admit I have become less of a Nadal fan. I admire his game and his ability to turn “garbage” into miracles on the court (running down balls no one has ever run down in the history of the sport, and doing something incredible with the ball). Rios did this but not by running down balls – he did it through his knowledge of the game and how it could be played, not just by retrieving (I think Rios was more innovative – a la Federer).

    If it is true (and I don’t think it is), let’s just say it will create the biggest crisis tennis has ever faced. It will create a lot of cynicism towards tennis. It will turn away fans. And it will be generally awful.

  • Andrew Miller · February 15, 2012 at 5:35 am

    As for Steve and the link to Nadal’s serve – I admit that it looks pretty good. Basic stuff but I have done that and it has pushed my serve into higher MPH zones. As of now my serve sucks but with those exercises you actually start adding some serious pop. I wonder why it took so long for Nadal to do that. Might be because he never needed to improve his serve – he could grind it out all day with the one he had.

    His serve in the video does have some serious pop.

  • Mitch · February 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Why would he lose that pop though? If he’s motivated enough to add weight to his racquet to be able to hit more winners against Djokovic, you’d think getting the serve back to that lofty level would be an even higher priority.

  • Lucille · February 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    You know what’s funny? No one is talking about Novak Djokovic and his sudden improved stamina and endurance. The guy all of you are pointing the finger at was physically outlasted by the the same guy who once could barely last 2 sets in the heat without wilting. When are the fingers going to start being pointed at what has got to be one of the most obvious cases of doping tennis has ever seen? Do you people need a neon sign flashing over his head in order to start naming him alongside Nadal?

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Lucille, There have been several players with stamina issues as younger players who overcame them as they matured and got physically stronger. Djokovic is the leading example now but Murray, Rafter, Blake, Fish, who also made big improvements with their fitness. I’m sure there are others who deserve mention. I always thought Djokovic, as a young player, struggled more with the pressure and confidence issues and the supposed lack of fitness, breathing and suffering from the heat issues were more convenient scapegoats than having to admit to yourself, “I’m just not strong and mentally tough enough.” Gil Clancy the Hall of Fame boxing manager and trainer said it was a tact used by certain boxers who got in the best shape of their life for their title shot but by the middle rounds when they knew they were going to lose, they feigned being exhausted. He said many boxers did this because it’s a better excuse to blame losing on conditioning than having to admit, “He was the better fighter than me.” I really believe this what part of Djokovic’s problem, but he has overcome his self doubts and immaturity and now he is a complete player and champion, physically and mentally.

    There is no concrete evidence to suggest Djokovic is using anything illegal, nor is there on Nadal. The most curious thing about this issue now with Nadal is why are they attacking him NOW? He’s dropped from #1 to #2. I don’t understand why Yannick Noah and the French media are targeting Nadal right now for this. Why didn’t they do it when Nadal was the top dog? It doesn’t make sense unless they know something. Thanks for your comment Lucille.

  • Lucille · February 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Novak Djokovic was closing in on being 24 years old,and has been on the tour for years when he started his run of dominance. I simply do not buy the he matured and got stronger argument. Especially since his stamina improved basically over night from December 2010 to the beast he became in January 2011. No amount of anything short of a miracle is going to turn someone’s entire career and physical well being around that quickly naturally. He’s just as shady and suspicious as anyone,but he is never brought up. Maybe when he starts closing in on Fed’s slam count he will finally be called out for this. Fed fans are too busy relishing in the fact that he’s been beating Nadal lately to see what’s clearly right in front of their faces. That tune will change soon enough,for the reason I already stated.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Lucille, Don’t forget the Master Series final in Madrid that Djokovic played with Nadal in 2009 which lasted over four hours. Djokovic has always been a trickster in exaggerating fatigue. I was at the US Open match when he and Monfils were teenagers that went deep into the fifth set on a hot sunny afternoon. Djokovic was losing in the fifth set and collapsed on the court twice after absurdly long points which he lost, one time he laid there on the service line for ten minutes. I truly thought Djokovic might die of a heart attack, that’s how exhausted and weak he looked. I thought he might die. Of course, Djokovic got up and won the match ) Roddick accused Djokovic of faking 18 injuries that one year at the US Open. Fans called him Fakovic. A lot of fans accuse Nadal of faking injuries for timeouts to stop matches and break the rhythm of the opponent. So playing possum or faking ailments is something that is and always will be a part of the sport. The boxing champ Bernard Hopkins said, “If you can bluff em you can beat em.” I think this aspect of tennis, though it can be frustrating to see an underdog like Petzschner lose his rhythm after playing so well after his opponent calls an injury timeout for a knee pain, does add to the drama of watching a match. And it does make the sport more intersesting. I don’t believe the top players of today are using anything illegal. THey are just in amazing condition. I read the old book by Fred Perry and he said he was in such good shape back then that he used to play five sets of practice before playing his grand slam matches, sometimes playing ten sets in a day. And the athletes today are in much better shape than Perry was in, or so you would presume.

  • AndyM · February 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    There are a lot of things that make me suspicious of Nadal. He continues to look mediocre in warmup grasscourt and hardcourt tournaments and then transforms into a beast in majors. Just look at his statistics in non clay tournaments since June 2010 after he had his PRP treatments:

    Hardcourt/Grasscourt Grand Slam finals made, June 2010 to the present:
    Nadal: 5
    Djokovic: 5
    Murray: 2
    Federer: 0

    Hardcourt/Grasscourt finals made in all other tournaments, June 2010 to the present:

    Federer: 13
    Murray: 9
    Djokovic: 7
    Nadal: 5

    Isn’t interesting how the result are completely reversed from Slams to all remaining tournaments? Nadal has looked very mediocre at Queens, Canada, Cincinnati, and Doha the last 3 seasons, yet had it not been for a change in diet, he would have won 5 of the last 6 non clay court Slams.

  • Lucille · February 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Sorry,still don’t buy it. I remember Djokovic nearly falling over dead from heat exhaustion in the first round of the USO in 2010 against Troicki,yet he outlasted the very same guy you all are calling out for doping in Miami last year in the extreme heat and humidity. I also remember his many retirements for reasons such as having a sore throat or because he was too hot(AO 2009 quarters against Roddick). I also remember his withdrawal from Madrid in 2010 due to allergies. Those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this guy and his ongoing ailments. You simply cannot erase an entire career of struggling physically in one month. I am not willing to believe he is some super beast who hadn’t yet reach physical maturity. At 24,nearly 25 years old he is fully ripe,my friend.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 20, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Interesting point and info Andy. It could also be that Nadal does not exert all out quite to the extent that he does in majors. I saw him play Lopez at Queens a couple of years ago and he wasn’t doing all his pre-point rituals (pull nose, shorts, hair behind ears, etc.) I think maybe Nadal is subconsciously trying to preserve his body and make it last as long as possible, and saving his best for the majors, before I’d suspect he’s using PEDs. But then again, do a google search on “Operation Puerto” and it makes you wonder. Thanks for your comment AndyM and welcome to the site.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 20, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Lucille, that’s what I’m saying, Djokovic can fall over dead…but then somehow get up and win the match. I think he’s a master of deception, as many of the top players can be sometimes. I still think Sampras was faking that whole vomit scene vs. Corretja : ) You just don’t look like you are about to croak then hit a second serve ace down MP in a fifth set tiebreak. You are entitled to your opinion and you are not the only one to suspect the top players from using questionable supplements. I am not calling out Nadal on using anything, but would not rule anything out either. We just have to trust the testing protocol of the ITF which seems to be working.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Lucille I just thought of this last night, after the US Open final last year was Davis Cup and Djokovic was exhausted for the tie vs. Argentina and was a shell of himself. While Nadal was just a machine and won his matches in the SF easily in straight sets. I thought this showed that Nadal is still physically stronger and recovers quicker than Djokovic. Do you remember this?

  • MM24 · February 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I still remember the Rome tournament from last year where Djokovic played a long and grueling almost 4 hour long semi-final against Andy Murray. The match went way past midnight, yet Djokovic came out fresh as a daisy 17 hours later and crushed Nadal in 2 easy sets. On clay! And this was the same guy who was completely gassed against Nadal in the US Open final although he had more than 48 hours to recover from the semi against Federer. It baffles me that there seem to be so many people who are willing to buy into the nonsense that camp Djokovic and the tennis media are feeding to the public. He and Nadal have to be some of the most blatant dopers not only in the world of tennis, but in all of sports at the moment.

  • Jack · February 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    “We just have to trust the testing protocol of the ITF which seems to be working.”

    How do you know this Skip ?

    I have studied the ITF’s testing protocol, and I have come to the conclusion that it is designed to catch only the careless (like Kendrick), not those who have “consultants”, like Dr. Cotorro (Spanish doping doctor).

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Jack I can’t argue with you, anythign is possible at this point. I’m going to do some research on Dr. Cotorro and Operation Puerto.

  • Jack · February 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Skip, Dr. Cotorro was not involved in “Operation Puerto”, but he is used by many tennis players to “prepare for competition” (including Raonic, and Nadal).

    Dr. Cotorro’s specialty is “he is a licensed physician for completion of doping control”.
    From :
    http://www.itfcoachesconference.com/2009/node/55

    So why would somebody whose specialty is to catch doping cheats, be in fact working for an athlete ?

    It doesn’t take a high IQ to figure that one out.

    I am pretty sure that Dr. Cotorro is much like Lance Armstrong’s Dr. Ferrari. He recommends a doping schedule to the athlete, and where to get the needed supplies (unlike Dr. Fuentes, who actually administered PEDs himself). This keeps him clear of any Spanish doping laws.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Very interesting Jack. Thanks for sharing this info. Adds clarity to why the French are on the attack now, targeting Rafa and Spain. Boy, imagine how interesting it could get if Spain and France were to meet in Davis Cup in France.

  • Vince Spadea · February 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Dan, thanks for the plug! Call me next time you’re Florida and we can catch up, talk about things like “cross-referencing!”

    Cheers,
    VS

  • Jack · March 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    “In any other universe, even though he has never been linked to performance enhancers and has never failed a drug test, Nadal and tennis would be at the center of the doping question. The game has become more powerful, more physical and more grueling, most recently evidenced by the epic five-hour, 53-minute Australian Open final between Nadal and Novak Djokovic. ”

    From :
    http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/page/bryant-120229/the-ryan-braun-alberto-contador-drug-cases-reopen-old-wounds

    Remember, that most players today, use polyester (dead) string, which requires MUCH more exertion on each shot. The rallys last more shots, yet their performance deterioration over 5 sets is LESS than it was 10 years ago.

    Have the players today “evolved” to a great degree in the last 10 years ?

  • Tomas · September 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Amazing to see the number of uninformed people writing here. Miguel Angel Nadal, not a physical player? Over 6 feet tall, and always a powerhouse on the field? Please do your research before writing something. Messi’s hormone problems a doping case? His body did not create growth hormone, and had to undergo treatment, just like anybody else would, throughout his teenage years? Does it have anything to do with his skill? No, because it only guaranteed his normal growth (and even so, he is quite short). Wanna talk about a player whose body looks like he’s on steroids? There’s Cristiano Ronaldo. But anyway, what is all this football talk doing here?

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · September 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Tomas I have seen Rafa’s dad and Miguel Angel in person and they are both very physically imposing men, not skinny scrawny guys like soccer players have an innacurate stereotype here in the US of being, compared to American football and hockey. I knew a guy in college who played at Rutgers and he was crazy tough, nobody messed with him. And if they did mess with him they got manhandled. I’m sure a lot of the top world class soccer players are similarly tough like him, including M.A. Nadal who looks like a bulldog tank. It’s okay to talk soccer here though myself and Dan have extremely minimal knowledge of the sport, here at tennis-prose there are no limits or boundaries to our topics or discussion, we sometimes don’t know what we are talking about : ) Welcome to the site Tomas.

  • Jack · September 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Rafa’s uncle is big, but he played for Barcelona, and the Spanish national teams. The doping doctor Fuentes says that if what he knew about Spanish soccer was revealed, they would lose the world cup, and European championships. It has been alleged that both teams have doping doctors on staff.

    Rafa’s soccer playing uncle probably was doping, so to use him as proof that Rafa “inherited” his physique, is nonsense Scoop. His father is NOT physically imposing, nor is “uncle Toni”.

  • Jack · September 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    By the way, Nadal has not only complained continuously about dope testing (even though tennis’s testing is extremely weak), but he has publicly backed other dopers (Gasquet, Wickmayer, Malisse, Contador). If this isn’t evidence of Omerta in tennis, than I don’t know what is.

    Being an insider Scoop, you know damned well what is going on, yet you repeat the same old “talking points” that insiders use to cover up the rot in your sport (tennis has tough testing, he just works harder, it’s his natural physique,…). These sound like the same excuses fanboys gave for Armstrong, Bonds, Clemens, Marion Jones, Flo Jo,…

    Omerta is corruption Scoop. Pretending to be naive is not an excuse.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · September 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Jack, notice I did not say Uncle Toni was physically imposing, he’s not at all, he more has a stature of a journalist than a world class athlete. As far as who is doping – nothing would surprise me, not after reading about Operation Puerto and seeing Nadal, Federer and Djokovic never looking tired on the court even during 5 hour matches. Yes, there are some whispers and rumors about certain things and there have been some curious occurences like the time Agassi pulled out of Australia the day before his match, the Christophe Rochus, Jonas Bjorkman and Marcelo Rios, comments, the late Sampras pullout at the US Open that one year, Nadal’s supposed knee problems after losses to Soderling and Rosol in majors, though there was no sign of any limp or pain during those matches. I have heard a lot of other things too from coaches and others. Could there be a conspiracy to cover-up doping in tennis? Heck yeah. But tennis is far from the only sport that could have a doping problem. I have a boxing friend who knows a former NFL player who told him straight up: “EVERYONE in the NFL is on SOMETHING.” Thanks for your comment and welcome to the site.

  • Jack · September 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks (finally) for your acknowledgements that there are a significant number of suspicious circumstances surrounding tennis (don’t forget Serena’s panic-room incident, and her suspicious foot ailment).

  • Jack · October 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    An interesting article for those who aren’t in denial.

    http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Doping,-Tennis,-Nadal—Connection-.aspx

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · October 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Jack it sure does make you think and wonder. Connect the dots. Jonas Bjorkman said he has heard of cases of the ITF covering up positive tests (quote was in Sports Illustrated). Marcelo Rios said if the big American stars Sampras and Agassi ever tested positive, the media would never hear about it. Yannick Noah sure does seem to have some inside knowledge to keep talking like he does. It sure is curious the case about Nadal. No talk or hint of any knee injury vs. Rosol then he disappears. I almost believe the silent ban theory. Nadal just has too much to lose, too much goodwill and credibility, now still in the prime of his career, if he were to test positive. Money and political pressure can buy almost anything. It’s hard to think about what the truth could be. I want to believe Nadal is clean but.

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