An investigation by the Daily Mail reveals these days a connivance between the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the big names in world tennis in the context of doping controls.

This is a hell of a cobblestone thrown into the pond. According to the conclusions of a survey conducted by the Daily Mail, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), for several years, would take care to warn the best players on the planet of upcoming doping controls. Alerts contrary to the code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which clearly states in its regulations: “ Except in exceptional and justifiable circumstances, no notice will be given for the collection of samples. “.

Among the evidence found by the British publication, an email from Nicole Sapstead – former director general of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD) now responsible for the ITF’s anti-doping program, provided by the International Agency for the integrity of the tennis (ITIA). The latter would have sent the following email to the players involved in the Miami Masters 1000, which was played between March 23 and April 3: “ Appointments to provide your PBA sample (Athlete’s biological passport, editor’s note) will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day from March 19 to 22, 2022 and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. »

The ITIA makes sense

In other words, tennis players could plan and organize their doping controls themselves. A process which inevitably calls into question but which the ITIA, after having heard of the investigation by the Daily Mail, justifies by its desire to ” collect data from as many players as possible in order to have the widest possible data set “.

Certainly not a surprise for Jean-Pierre Verdy, the former boss of the French Agency for the Fight against Doping (AFLD) who in his book published in 2021, “Doping, my war against cheaters”, made the following observation: ” Working with the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has always been very complicated. “And to remember the stormy control of Rafael Nadal during the Bercy tournament in 2009. ” This is the only and last time that we have been able to carry out unannounced checks, and targeted by us, on these major tennis tournaments in France. »

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