Federer still surprised at lack of doping tests

Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:52pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Roger Federer believes tennis players should undergo more anti-doping tests to ensure the sport does not suffer the problems that have plunged athletics into crisis.

The Swiss 17-times grand slam champion said he was still surprised when he walks off court and is not routinely asked to provide a doping sample.

He has also called for more out-of-competition tests.

Speaking at a news conference at London's O2 Arena where the ATP World Tour Finals begin on Sunday, the 34-year-old said: "I think they are trying their most but we can do more.

"Whenever you make the quarter-finals of a tournament, when the points are greater, the money is greater, you should know that you will be tested.

"I think that would be very clear and simple. And if they keep the tests for longer, I'm all for that, not just weeks and months, years I'm talking about. That's when you scare people."

Federer was talking following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report, published on Monday, which said there was a state-sponsored doping culture in Russian athletics and that other sports could also be affected by the issue.

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, introduced in 1993, is administered by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) along with the ATP Tour and WTA Tour.   Continued...

Tennis - Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Media Day - O2 Arena, London - 13/11/15
Switzerland's Roger Federer during a press conference
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