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SBD Global/October 31, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Andy Murray Calls For Increased Drug Testing In Tennis
Published October 31, 2012
NOT ENOUGH DONE: In London, Paul Newman wrote that "while tennis is not believed to have a major drugs problem, critics believe that not enough testing is done." Most tests "are carried out during tournaments and most are urine tests, which are not considered as effective as blood tests." Last year only 21 players worldwide -- 18 men and three women -- were blood-tested out of competition by the Int'l Tennis Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency (INDEPENDENT, 10/29). In Glasgow, Simon Cambers wrote that Murray "believes tennis was in a much healthier position than cycling." He said, "I think there's very little skill involved in the Tour de France, it's pretty much just physical. A lot of the way the teams work now is just science whereas with tennis, you can't teach the skill by taking a drug" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 10/30). Murray said, "It's a shame for their sport, but how they managed to get away with it was incredible, for so long" (MIRROR, 10/30).