ITF world Spring, page 3.
Bitti is in denial, like Armstrong was and all dopers are. Bitti says the quality of the ITF programme is 'well recognised'. By who exactly? On the contrary, criticism of the ITF programme has been extensive, both within and without the game, including from the likes of Dick Pound, ex-head of WADA.
The ITF has been far too casual in its approach. It has in the past denied a doping problem exists on the basis of the low number of test positives seen in tennis. However what was deficient was the testing programme itself. It isn't basically designed to catch dopers but rather to convince a gullible public with the kind of nonsense we see now from the ITF president made in an official ITF publication.
We all have our personal beliefs and views on doping but no one really knows to what extent a problem exists in tennis. However statements like Bitti's give no real reassurance at all, quite the contrary really because his statement belies a continuing complacency on the part of those who should be taking the problem more seriously. He also moans about lack of budget too while at least one grand slam tournament is talking of their next $100 million project to construct another stadium roof. Something doesn't quite add up.