While I do not agree with Rochus that doping should be legalized, I appreciate that he talked about the big elephant in the room: Doping in Tennis. I really wish more people would speak up, but as we have seen from Yannick Noah, as soon as you do, the whole Tennis world wants to lynch you. Anyways, like I said before, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that a lot of Tennis players (male and female) are doping. All the signs are there:
- Little risk - high reward: In Tennis, you can earn millions of $. Just by winning a Grand Slam title, you are what? $1,5 (?) million dollars richer these days? That's a big incentive for players to dope. Then add that the anti-doping system is a total joke and there's barely a 1% chance of getting caught, and it makes the prospect of doping only all the more attractive.
- What used to be a game of finesse and tactics has turned into a war of nutrition. Nowadays, Tennis is mainly about who can hit the ball harder and do it for a longer period of time. That is especially true for the women, but it's also the case for the men. And what can help you with these things? Training, obviously, but PED's too. And not only do PED's aid a player's strength and stamina, they also aide a player's recovery, allow them to train longer and harder, make them move quicker around the court or even influence their mental game (e.g. make them more confident because they know they can hit the crap out of the ball for hours on end without getting fatigued) etc. How anyone can say, with a straight face, that doping doesn't benefit a Tennis player is beyond me. No offense to anyone, but that is dilusion at it's finest.
- A lot of suspicious things have been happening in Tennis lately. There are players who have underwent a sudden spike in performance or total physical transformations. Others suddenly drop down the rankings once they have missed 2 OOC-tests. These things are usually an indicator for doping in ANY sport. There are stories of players using weird devices or working closely together with suspicious doctors (even known doping doctors), players locking themselves up in panic rooms to get around doping control, players claiming to have been close to death only to return about 2 months later (with absolutely no change to their physique) and immediately compete for the big titles again, players coming down with all kinds of suspicious injuries or illnesses where the story doesn't add up etc.
Obviously, everyone is free to think whatever they want, but IMO, it's a good thing to question things and not blindly buy into everything that the Tennis establishment is trying to sell to it's consumers, even if it hurts.
The egg was used during 2010, no? Rather than the end of the year/early 2011. I think Nole's ascent to greatness from late 2010 to the present day has myriad factors, far beyond mere improvement in fitness.
That's the story that was being sold in the media, but what I find very interesting is that it was leaked at the 2011 US Open. After Djokovic went on his monstrous run, people were speculating in various blogs and comment sections whether he was doping. I find it quite likely that his camp leaked this story to deflect from any EPO or blood doping talk. After all, when he supposedly used this device, it didn't do anything for him. He still ran out of gas after 2 sets in the final against Nadal although he had more than 2 days to recover from his effort in the semi-final. That was nothing compared to what we witnessed in 2012, when he came back from a 5-hour semi-final match against Murray only to outgrind Nadal in a 6-hour final and that with less than 48 hours of rest.