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As he picked up his award for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, Novak Djokovic said that he was proud to be “part of a sport that is clean”. Mounting a passionate defence of tennis’s integrity, the Serbian champion insisted that he did not share Andy Murray’s concerns that the game was tainted by doping.

“No I don’t,” he said as he was given the award for the third time. “As long as we don’t have proof that game is not clean, then it is clean. I’ve read what he [Murray] said, I have great relationship with Andy, I’ve spoken to him, he didn’t mean specific individuals.”

Murray had alluded to widespread rumours circulating in the dressing room on the circuit of systematic abuse among players that went beyond the recent discovery of Maria Sharapova’s pharmaceutical habits. But Djokovic did not share his rival’s belief that there was no smoke without fire.

“It’s tricky for tennis,” said the Wimbledon champion. “There’s many stories that go round - betting, match-fixing, doping - it seems the weight has come down on tennis. But I think it all comes down to anti-doping agencies, governing bodies; they need to come out with proofs, if they don’t it’s only rumours. I’m proud to be part of a sport that is clean.”

Djokovic beat a glittering array of other nominees, including Lewis Hamilton and Usain Bolt, to the title. As he made his way up to the stage to receive his trophy, he made a point of embracing his coach, Boris Becker, who had earlier in the day insisted that any suggestion of his player being involved in doping was “disrespectful”. And Djokovic himself pointed out that his overwhelming domination of his sport was the result of hard labour and a balanced life rather than any recourse to the medicine cabinet.

“I’ve worked very hard to perfect my game, to get it to another level,” he said of his success since the first time he picked up the trophy in 2012. “I tried to keep myself healthy with the lifestyle I’ve had. The last couple of years everything came together, not one particular thing, it is a very holistic approach to life and sport that has brought me to where I am.”
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Ya....wat a creep tht he is defending Tennis...
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Re: Djokovic: ''I am proud to be part of a clean sport''

Interesting that Fed wants more controls to combat cheating whereas Djokovic pretends that it doesn't exist.

I wonder if you could extrapolate that fact in regards to something else.

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Ya....wat a creep tht he is defending Tennis...
There is no way to know tennis is clean given that the doping testing system is effectively nonexistent, so bluntly stating you are proud of the cleanliless is nothing short of ridiculous. If he was defending tennis he would talk about that.
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Ya....wat a creep tht he is defending Tennis...
Defending himself you mean. What a hypocrite! This is coming from the same guy who defended Troicki for refusing to give a sample.

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What a creep! How dare he defends the integrety of tennis! We have obvious proof that all of them are doping. And how strange of him to embrace the support that Boris has given him.

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What a creep! How dare he defends the integrety of tennis!
When a person defends the "integrity" of a sport that was lately publicly shaken by match-fixing and doping scandals, it does nothing but call the integrity of that person himself into question.

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(...) And how strange of him to embrace the support that Boris has given him.
What support? Becker didn't even say that Djok is clean, just that he gets tested. Lack of a (known) positive isn't proof of a negative. With Becker's utterly ridiculous and over the top remarks he did nothing but direct all attention toward Djokovic when Murray didn't even name anyone. It seems Murray hit a sour spot.

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LOL did his loss in MC mean (according to some) that he has failed a doping test and is serving a "silent ban"?

Well seriously he's right about "innocent until proven guilty" though.

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.....and still no journalist has asked him why he had Malcolm Hooper in his box at the Aus Open.


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.....and still no journalist has asked him why he had Malcolm Hooper in his box at the Aus Open.


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34 essendon players were injected with a compound from Mexico and bought by a patient of doctor hooper? I don't know the history behind hooper, but you've got at least 2 degrees of separation from the dopers in this case and djokovic, who of course is not accused of anything except by bitter fedtards.
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Murray seems to have stirred something here. We are hearing "tennis is clean" everyday now.
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There is no way to know tennis is clean given that the doping testing system is effectively nonexistent, so bluntly stating you are proud of the cleanliless is nothing short of ridiculous. If he was defending tennis he would talk about that.
He just said that until proven guilty it should be considered clean. I mean, lately there are all these rumors and apparent drama, but we see no names, no actions, nothing.

I have to agree with him, either put up facts and proof or stop the pathetic rumors and gossip that are only hurting sport in general, not just tennis.
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He said until anything is proved tennis is clean. And hopes it remains that way!
Not sure what is wrong with this ?
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Interesting that Fed wants more controls to combat cheating whereas Djokovic pretends that it doesn't exist.

I wonder if you could extrapolate that fact in regards to something else.
If Andy and Roger know who is cheating they should name the players who are doping. Otherwise, they should shut up and stop implying there is a serious problem in the ATP.
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