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Tennis Grand Slams Will Pledge More Funds To Increase Drug Testing
Published February 28, 2013
SHOW ME THE MONEY: USA TODAY’s Douglas Robson cites a USTA official as saying that the Grand Slams “would roughly double their current financial contribution from about $150,000 to $300,000 annually.” The ITF also will "increase its contribution to the fund, but it is unclear if the WTA and ATP Tour, which also help pay for the sport's anti-doping program, will increase their contributions.” In light of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's admission of systemized doping, many top players “have expressed fears that authorities are not keeping up with those seeking an unfair advantage, especially with strength and stamina being pushed to new levels.” Tennis players such as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic “have called for increased testing, especially out-of-competition blood testing.” Next Tuesday's meeting “originally was slated for June but was pushed forward because of the growing sense that the sport is not using enough resources to track down potential cheaters” (USA TODAY, 2/28).