I know some people here have said they feel the Argentines are unfairly scrutinised and punished. But on the other hand the players have allegedly failed tests. It's hard to know what to believe anymore, but it seems Coria feels there's some unfair treatment.
Coria: Argentines singled out for doping
Tennis star says countrymen ‘under the spotlight’ unfairly
Updated: 3:30 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2005
BEIJING - Guillermo Coria complained on Tuesday that doping charges against Argentine tennis players were being blown out of proportion.
Guillermo Canas last month became the latest Argentine, including Coria, to be banned for doping by the ATP in recent years.
Coria believes, however, that his compatriots are being unfairly singled out.
"It's a real pity," he said. "Whenever there is a doping charge against a player from Argentina it seems it becomes a huge thing because it's Argentina."
Coria was banned for seven months in 2002 for testing positive for nandrolone.
Canas received a two-year suspension after being found guilty of using the prohibited diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) in Acapulco this year.
Juan Ignacio Chela and this year's French Open finalist Mariano Puerta have also served bans.
"It feels like Argentine players are under the spotlight," said Coria after winning his first-round match at the China Open.
"I hope there are no more problems and things just quiet down now."