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Rusedski cleared of doping offence
Wed 10 March, 2004 11:52

LONDON (Reuters) - Greg Rusedski has been cleared of a doping offence despite testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone last July, according to the BBC.

A three-man panel appointed by the Association of Tennis Professionals cleared the Canadian-born 30-year-old after a closed-door hearing in Montreal last month, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Rusedski had been facing a two-year ban which would have all-but signalled the end of his career.
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Congratulations to Greg. Now he can get on with his life. The ATP are in for some serious grief.
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im glad to hear it and i hope Greg will play Miami

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Now, the ATP has some serious credibility issues to address with the doping tests they do. While I am happy that Greg got off, I wonder what this will do for the rest of his career-whatever is left of it.
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So glad for Greg
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/3547917.stm

good for Greg

WADA are pretty pissed off with the ATP
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Great verdict fot professional tennis & playeras are all breathing a big sigh of relief. Only ATP should be worried, & this might give the players org. idea new life. As to Rusedski stigmatized....I don't think so...he'll be remembered as the guy who fought for his innocence & won., & broke open the drugs in tennis issue.... a tennis hero to some IMO. It might in fact make many forget his big mouth and unpleasant tennis behaviour.
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Great verdict fot professional tennis & playeras are all breathing a big sigh of relief. Only ATP should be worried, & this might give the players org. idea new life. As to Rusedski stigmatized....I don't think so...he'll be remembered as the guy who fought for his innocence & won., & broke open the drugs in tennis issue.... a tennis hero to some IMO. It might in fact make many forget his big mouth and unpleasant tennis behaviour.
Considering the number of players he had come forward on his behalf (some very well respected ones as well, ie; Alex Corretja), I think you may very well be correct... if not a little bit overdramatic

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I wouldn't be a damn bit surprised if the players took the ATP to court over this. Stay tuned.
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Wayne Ferreria must be chuckling to himself

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Cleared, yet stigmatised.
...one of the saddest things about the whole case was the way the British media jumped on him and declared him guilty and finished right from the very beginning...it said a lot to me about their attitude to tennis in general...
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Perhaps I'm the cynic here. You all are pretty quick to leap to the conclusion that the ATP was at fault.

What is apparent to me is that the process is heavily weighted in favor of the player and much more weighted in favor of the player than in some other sports or, for example, the testing process at the Olympic Games.

I'd like to see an article expalining Greg's defense and the ruling from the hearing. That will tell me a lot more about what actually went on. What hurts the entire process is the mystery and secrecy surrounding the results and the appeal process.

Is it true in the WTA that EVERYTHING is a secret? I heard that in the WTA, a player can be suspended for drug use and the WTA wouldn't even release a name or the suspension. The player could just claim a serious injury as the reason for not playing.

I'm very cynical about doping controls in tennis because for a long time the governing bodies refused to believe that any player used performance enhancing drugs, and the only reason they even began testing was that the ATP and WTA had to have a testing program to be an Olympic sport.
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