Tennis to Step Up to Net on Drug Testing

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It appears that the Grand Slam tournaments and the two tours are ready to make a bigger financial contribution to the ITF in order to increase tennis anti-doping efforts.


The ITF’s anti-doping program budget is said to be between $1.5 million to $2 million annually, which is small compared to many other sports. A number of players—including Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic—have said they would support an increase in out-of-competition blood tests, which are said to be more reliable than urine tests. In 2011, the ITF conducted only 21 out-of-competition blood tests.


The Daily Mail first reported that Wimbledon has pledged to double its contribution to the ITF, and then USA Today reported that the U.S. Open...

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