Int'l Tennis Federation To Increase Doping Tests On Players Linked To Doctor Del Moral
The Int'l Tennis Federation and anti-doping agencies "have stepped up efforts to expose any tennis players with links to a notorious Spanish doctor who was given a life ban from all sport for his role in the Lance Armstrong scandal," according to Jacquelin Magnay of the London TELEGRAPH. Dr. Luis García del Moral is based in Valencia, Spain and "had a 15-year association with tennis players from the nearby TenisVal Academy." The ITF "was so concerned about Del Moral’s alleged links to tennis players that it sent a message to all tennis professionals telling them not to work with him." But anti-doping bodies remain concerned that "some players may be continuing to work with Del Moral despite the warning and have therefore increased the level of testing undergone by those under suspicion." In a further measure, former and current tennis players from the TenisVal Academy "have been questioned by the ITF over their work with Del Moral in the past" (TELEGRAPH, 2/18).