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Rusedski fails drugs test

JonBcn
01-08-2004, 08:06 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3381111.stm

British tennis star Greg Rusedski has tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone.
The British number two confirmed that he had failed a drugs test, but pleaded his innocence.

"In response to media inquiries, I can confirm that a sample has tested positive for a low level of nandrolone," he said in a statement.

The 30-year-old will face a hearing in Montreal on 9 February.


"I shall attend and I fully expect to be found innocent. I do not and have not taken performance-enhancing drugs," he added.

The test dates from a tournament he played in the summer in Indianapolis during an injury-plagued season when he competed in only six tournaments.

He has only just returned to tennis after an absence with back, knee and foot injuries.

The Canadian-born player lost the second match of his comeback in Adelaide on Thursday.

The highpoint of his career was a run to the final of the US Open in 1997 when he lost to Australia's Pat Rafter.

Havok
01-08-2004, 08:08 PM
:eek:

MisterQ
01-08-2004, 08:10 PM
:eek:

Rusedski is one of my least favorite players, but I would never wish this on him. What a shame. :sad:

maratski
01-08-2004, 08:10 PM
:eek:

I was about to post it

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 08:12 PM
Rather proves Becca's point in the other thread about not judging other countries' players when your own may be just as guilty... it's amazing how controversy seems to hound Rusedski, isn't it? First the Sampras comments, then the Roddick outburst, now a failed drugs test... if he is found guilty (and has anyone managed to escape a ban so far?) then it could well be the end of his career.

JonBcn
01-08-2004, 08:15 PM
It'll certainly be interesting to see how this one pans out. After the Ulihrach fiasco who knows what could have gone on...

RebelNYC
01-08-2004, 08:23 PM
I can't STAND Rusedski! I think he is a sore loser and a whiner, so
nothing he does surprises me ... very disappointing for tennis, tho....

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 08:30 PM
I really doubt your claims are right. Am I being biased because of his nationality? Probably, but considering the ATP's recent history with drugs cases and the innocence of Coria and Ulihrach, I'm willing to wait before condemning him. If it was a player you liked, would you be so quick to accuse him of being guilty?

Mase
01-08-2004, 08:33 PM
I cant stand the dude either, sucks to be him, LOL!

JonBcn
01-08-2004, 08:33 PM
I agree with Sjengster. Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Especially with the terrible track record of the authorities in punishing innocent parties. Hell, even ATP trainers were unknowingly dishing out banned substances a while ago...

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 08:34 PM
BTW, does anyone else find it at all ironic that they're holding the hearing in, of all places, Montreal? Now there's a way to guarantee a warm reception - I bet the people and the press will welcome him with open arms...

TennisLurker
01-08-2004, 08:37 PM
Coria and Uhlirach have been proved Innocent, I personally believe Korda was innocent.

I am too skeptic to believe Rusedski is guilty even if I dont like him.

MisterQ
01-08-2004, 08:42 PM
I'm skeptical too.

BUT it's a shame either way. It's a tag that will be attached to your career, even if the charges are dismissed.

michelleg
01-08-2004, 09:00 PM
So would this alleged violation have happened in 2002? Isn't that the same time period in which the tainted supplement was in use by ATP trainers?

And why does it take so long for the results of a test to be made public? I've had testing done (as part of an interview way back when) and it didn't take long for the results to come in. But then again its not like Morgan Stanley was looking for steroids. Hmmm... can anyone in the know please explain???

Marine
01-08-2004, 09:04 PM
Everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt.

The problem is, when players (sportmen in general) are accused of doping, they ALWAYS say to be innocent !!! It's nerver their fault, always an error, it's always an unjustice etc.... I fed up ! :fiery:

one error, two, ok, but anybody is stupid though !!!!

Not only they are cheaters, but they're are also coward and great liars !

I really don't know how they do with their consience...:mad:

Sanneriet
01-08-2004, 09:06 PM
There was a study done by the USOC prior to the Salt Lake City winter olympics where they tested dozens of LEGAL supplements (vitamins, protein powders etc.) and found that so many were contaminated with illegal substances that they put out a press release warning all athletes not to take ANY supplements. The manufacturers threatened legal action and the USOC backtracked. Turns out, the supplements are all produced in the same facilities, with the same machinery.

Shy
01-08-2004, 09:14 PM
And why does it take so long for the results of a test to be made public? I've had testing done (as part of an interview way back when) and it didn't take long for the results to come in. But then again its not like Morgan Stanley was looking for steroids. Hmmm... can anyone in the know please explain???
They recently found new drugs that couldn't be detect before with the test,I guess. Methods of doping are way more in advance than all the test.

Leo
01-08-2004, 09:18 PM
Really shocking. :eek: I'd never picture Rusedski purposely taking performance-enhancing drugs. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

tangerine_dream
01-08-2004, 09:26 PM
Can this guy's career possibly sink further down the drain?

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 09:43 PM
I hadn't realized that Coria had ever been "proven" innocent? I know that he's claimed he was innocent the entire time (contaminated vitamins, blah).. and I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt/not care. I guess I missed something?

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 09:47 PM
A question for the Brits... Greg: is he yours or ours (Canadians), now? ;)

*Ljubica*
01-08-2004, 09:50 PM
A question for the Brits... Greg: is he yours or ours (Canadians), now? ;)


He's never been "ours" as far as I'm concerned :) He says he's innocent though, so guess I shall give him the benefit of the doubt til we find out more.

KarstenBraasch#1
01-08-2004, 09:56 PM
Well, he is an ass, and this won't change that LOL. ;)

Darran
01-08-2004, 09:57 PM
Can't believe for one minute he is guilty. He is one of the least likely on tour to do such a thing.

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 10:04 PM
A question for the Brits... Greg: is he yours or ours (Canadians), now? ;)

I'm not sure, really - does he have dual citizenship or something? I'll admit I was never particularly clear about that, but considering that he has lived here and represented Britain for nigh on a decade, it's probably fair to consider him ours now. But for all the initial resentment about taking away a potentially great (well, Top 10) Canadian player, aren't you glad in light of the scandals and controversies of the last few years that he's now accredited as one of us?

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 10:06 PM
I'm not sure, really - does he have dual citizenship or something? I'll admit I was never particularly clear about that, but considering that he has lived here and represented Britain for nigh on a decade, it's probably fair to consider him ours now. But for all the initial resentment about taking away a potentially great (well, Top 10) Canadian player, aren't you glad in light of the scandals and controversies of the last few years that he's now accredited as one of us?
To be honest, I've never really cared that much about his citizenship. It can be argued that he'd never have been top ten and reached a slam final had he stayed in Canada, anyways.

I do like to joke around about it a bit, but frankly, he can play for whoever he chooses as far as I'm concerned. I've never held it against him. There are so many other things to hold against him, why fuss over something as simple as nationality? ;)

TennisLurker
01-08-2004, 10:07 PM
About Coria, it was proved that the supplements he had taken were contaminated, he had the option of suing (spelling?) the atp, but because he is very young and suing the atp could be perjudicial for his career he chose to sue the company that made the supplements.

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 10:07 PM
I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Rusedski personally or his style of play (although I do think people overreacted massively to the Sampras comments, and when you consider everything else that's happened to him they'll probably say his house is on fire tomorrow), but frankly, being a world-class player for Britain was good enough for me, we've had little enough success as it is in tennis for the last twenty years or so.

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 10:09 PM
I believe he does have dual citizenship, by the way. His mother is (was?) a Brit, if I'm not mistaken.

I think he went to Britain because they were willing to allot more money to his development than tennis canada possibly could? If that is the case, he's likely made more of his talent by playing for Britain than he would have with Canada. In which case, holding that against him would be awfully silly.

By the way... I know he was born in Montreal, but does anybody know if he's bilingual? I've never heard him speak a lick of French, but it's not as if he spends quality time with the French-Canadian media these days.

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 10:11 PM
To be honest, I've never really cared that much about his citizenship. It can be argued that he'd never have been top ten and reached a slam final had he stayed in Canada, anyways.

I do like to joke around about it a bit, but frankly, he can play for whoever he chooses as far as I'm concerned. I've never held it against him. There are so many other things to hold against him, why fuss over something as simple as nationality? ;)

Yes, I remember you mentioning that almost a year ago on atpworld, but there are others who feel more strongly about it... wasn't Rusedski booed the first time he came back to play in Montreal? Certainly didn't see any of that this year, although he hardly stuck around long enough in the tournament to become a major presence.

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 10:15 PM
I'm not sure about French, but I do know he was the only member of the British Davis Cup squad to bother speaking Spanish for the press conference before the tie against Ecuador a couple of years ago. I've always thought of him as someone who's too determined and driven for his own good - he tries so hard and ends up putting his foot in it, for instance the outburst at last year's Wimbledon. There are some players who improve by getting more fired-up and intense, Hewitt-style, and Rusedski is definitely not one of them.

Chloe le Bopper
01-08-2004, 10:15 PM
Yes, I remember you mentioning that almost a year ago on atpworld, but there are others who feel more strongly about it... wasn't Rusedski booed the first time he came back to play in Montreal? Certainly didn't see any of that this year, although he hardly stuck around long enough in the tournament to become a major presence.
He was booed as recently as 2001... I think that he played Todd Martin in the first round? Todd made a comment afterwards that he never realized he had so many fans in Montreal, to the *wink* *nudge* effect.

He wasn't booed last year, though. I remember reading the paper the day after and one of the people who make sure everybody is seating blah, said that he was all ready to start booing... but nobody else did ;)

But yes... there are some people who feel very strongly about it. I like to think that most don't, though ;)

Sjengster
01-08-2004, 10:20 PM
Typical, I'm still referring to 2003 as this year. But yes, in 2002 he played Martin in Toronto and there was definitely vocal support for the older man (not that he needs much given his record against Rusedski, something like 8-2 I believe). Even one of the commentators on Sky, who is American, picked up on it in the middle of the second set.

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 10:28 PM
I'll give Rude-ski the benefit of the doubt for now. I don't see how he can be proven innocent if he tests positive for the drug. Athletes are forewarned about what vitamins, etc. not to take.

And of course he's gonna plead innocence. That way he can play the poor victim of a screwed up drug test.

JeLuliA88
01-08-2004, 10:47 PM
All Rusedski does is whinge and whinge... personally i hate him, and i wouldn't be surprised if he was found guilty!

Tennis Fool
01-08-2004, 11:09 PM
What did Sampras say about Rudsedski :confused:

Tryphon
01-08-2004, 11:17 PM
He speaks Canadian-French when he's playing in France.

And he turned British for the bigger career opportunities but also because he had been living there with his English girlfriend for years.

J. Corwin
01-08-2004, 11:30 PM
What did Sampras say about Rudsedski :confused:

It was Rude-ski talking about Sampras, saying no one fears him anymore and he's half a step slower (said during USO 2002). He also said he would beat Pete in that tournament, when they were face off in the 3rd round (and we all know how that went...).

TheBoiledEgg
01-09-2004, 02:03 AM
quite shocking and :eek:
hardly suprising he's saying "i'm innocent" :o

Frooty_Bazooty
01-09-2004, 02:28 AM
I didnt like Rusedski when he had that outburst at Wimbledon against Roddick, that was totally out of line.

but then again, my brother works at the mens department in BT in Dublin and helped Greg pick out shirts and he said he was absolutely lovely.

I was at a physiotherapy conference in Trinity College and during the sports nutrition talk the lecturer demonstrated how easily u can go over the nandralone limit by eating just normal food. And considering that the reports said he was only just over the limit, i'm sure hes innocent

Action Jackson
01-09-2004, 02:33 AM
I am not surprised and as I posted on the other thread that with any athlete caught of a doping offence is always going to say they're innocent, whether they are guilty or not, and the majority come back with lame excuses.

Of course when a sportsman is injured, there is the temptation to take nandrolone which help muscle growth and increase strength, obviously beneficial when trying to return from injuries.

I don't care about Rusedski too much, but if he is guilty I don't have too much sympathy. Maybe he should a better masking agent, or just watch the supplements.

JonBcn
01-09-2004, 02:46 AM
You can always rely on Pat Cash for a kneejerk reaction:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3381407.stm

Pat Cash said Greg Rusedski "should have known better" after the Briton tested positive for nandrolone.
The Australian, who coached Rusedski in 2001, also warned his former charge of the possible consequences.

Cash believes the British number two is looking at a one-year ban and, regardless of any punishment, faces being ostracised by his peers.

"He is a professional athlete and he should know better," Cash told BBC Radio Five Live.


"For me it seems a bit ridiculous. He's shot himself in the foot but we will have to wait and see what the circumstances are.

"Unless there are extreme circumstances I think he will find himself out of tennis for a year."

Cash, who had an acrimonious split with Rusedski in 2001, conceded the 30-year-old could have taken it accidently.

However, he predicted that even if Rusedski escaped without a ban after his February hearing in Montreal, he would face a difficult time on the circuit.

Cash cited the example of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, who was banned for a year after testing positive for nandrolone.

"Korda got suspended and when he came back he didn't have any respect from the players," said Cash.

"It puts a great doubt in everybody's mind and players don't like other players cheating."

Action Jackson
01-09-2004, 04:39 AM
From the BBC

Rusedski's rocky road

Greg Rusedski faces an anti-climactic end to his career after testing positive for nandrolone.
The British number two was keen to put a year of injuries behind him and focus his efforts on one last tilt at glory.

Now the 30-year-old will face the biggest challenge of his career - clearing his name as a drugs cheat.

If he thought last year's battle against injury was an uphill struggle, this promises to be even more demanding.

He is the fourth player to test positive for nandrolone, a revelation that comes in the same week as Argentine tennis player Mariano Puerta was banned for using clenbuterol.

The new year was supposed to be Rusedski's opportunity for a new start after four months on the sidelines.

Although climbing to the heights he reached earlier in his career was probably out of the question, he was determined to enjoy one last hurrah.

He reached his peak in 1997 when he made the final of the US Open, the first Briton to reach a Grand Slam final since Fred Perry in 1936.

Despite losing to Australia's Pat Rafter, Rusedski's efforts saw him accelerate up the rankings to a career-best of number four.

NANDROLONE IN TENNIS
Samantha Reeves
Escapes ban under "exceptional circumstances"
Petr Korda
One year ban
Guillermo Coria
Six month ban
Greg Rusedski

At the age of 24 it seemed it was only a matter of time before he landed one of the game's four major titles, but the left-hander has never been able to take that extra step.

He has enjoyed success in less prestigious events, with his biggest tournament win coming in the 1999 Grand Slam Cup, as well as gaining notoriety for serving the fastest ace in the game, clocked at 137mph in 1995.

And he also had the satisfaction of beating two world number ones to land tournament victories.

In 1998 it was Pete Sampras in the Paris Indoor final and in 2001 he beat Andre Agassi in straight sets in San Jose.

But as well as wins, Rusedski has racked up injuries and coaches in seemingly equal measure.

Injury first intervened in 1998 when he hurt his ankle in the build-up to Wimbledon.

More recently he has required surgery on his left foot and knee as well as being laid low by a number of niggling aches and pains.

He has also worked his way through a number of high-profile coaches, including a particularly fractious relationship with Pat Cash, and won a reputation as a temperamental character.
But the true measure of any British tennis player comes at Wimbledon, where Rusedski has repeatedly been overshadowed by compatriot Tim Henman.

In addition Rusedski has never endeared himself to the SW19 set who have always prefered the mild mannered Henman.

While Henmania grips the tournament on a yearly basis, Rusedski is often cast in a supporting role.

Phenomenal matches, including his 2002 victory over Andy Roddick, are routinely followed by early exits.

His Wimbledon legacy may end up being the furious tirade at umpire Lars Graff in the match against Roddick in 2003, rather than that straight sets win from 12 months earlier.

Rusedski, who took British citizenship in 1995, has never quite won over the critics.

Now he faces the ultimate challenge in silencing his doubters.

tinkerbell
01-09-2004, 11:33 AM
as much as i can't stand Rusedski?? i'm really shocked at this news so it seems are a lot of the Brit commentators who all mentioned that he isn't popular & is a loner but not a cheat

tinkerbell
01-09-2004, 11:38 AM
A question for the Brits... Greg: is he yours or ours (Canadians), now? ;)
For me he always has been & always will be the long faced Canadian who has no class…..but I’m still shocked at the news though

star
01-09-2004, 12:04 PM
If he wins Wimbledon --- He's British.

If he takes drugs -- He's Canadian.

:)

Beat
01-09-2004, 12:22 PM
finally we know why he's so ugly!

Frooty_Bazooty
01-09-2004, 01:38 PM
LOL, its funny because its true!

Pea
01-09-2004, 04:18 PM
*waiting for the day they accuse an american* Maybe when pigs fly!:eek:

Ma. Estefania
01-09-2004, 04:46 PM
LOL Star....but true.

Sort of shocking this new..... :eek:

tinkerbell
01-09-2004, 04:54 PM
If he wins Wimbledon --- He's British.

If he takes drugs -- He's Canadian.

:)
whether he wins Wimbledon (although that's not likely to happen) or not he'll always be Canadian

TheBoiledEgg
01-09-2004, 05:57 PM
Rusedski outlines defence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3383773.stm

Greg Rusedski has challenged the ATP, saying their handling of his positive test for nandrolone is "wrong, unfair and discriminatory".
He believes his case exhibits the same characteristics as those relating to seven other players who previously tested positive for the banned steroid.

But while those players escaped blame with the ATP accepting responsibility, Rusedski now faces a potential ban.

In a statement Rusedski said the story "represents one of the biggest scandals in world sport".


Rusedski added that there are now 47 samples that have tested positive and these "emanate solely from the 120 or so top players on the ATP tour".

If all 47 samples came from different players "nearly half of the Tour could have demonstrated elevated levels of nandrolone", Rusedski concluded.

The ATP has yet to comment on Rusedski's statement.

Two weeks before Rusedski gave his sample on 23 July 2003, the ATP cleared the seven players with confirmed positive tests, adding that it was the end of the matter.

ATP takes blame for positive tests

The ATP took responsibility for the positives because its own trainers had handed out the supplements that could have caused the positive tests.

And, the British number two, who was "stunned" when told news of his positive sample, remains adamant that his case has the same "analytical fingerprint" as those that went before.

"I intend to show this case is unique, as was demonstrated by my unprecedented decision to go public and declare my innocence," Rusedski's statement read.

"The sample I provided was found to contain the metabolites of nandrolone in a concentration not exceeding 5ng/ml.

"However, this does not tell the whole story.

"What the sample also indicated was the presence of the same common analytical fingerprint as that detected in over 46 other samples provided by professional tennis players on the ATP Main Tour.

"This type of analytical fingerprint has never been found in any other sport and therefore is unique to tennis.

"This indicates that the positives all spring from a common source."

Rusedski added that he felt he had been "singled out" by the organisation.

"I have subsequently learnt that since July three other new cases have come to light in tennis which have also demonstrated elevated levels of nandrolone and have also demonstrated the common analytical fingerprint," Rusedski added.

"It is, I believe, absolutely clear that something is very wrong.

"We now have over 47 samples demonstrating elevated levels of nandrolone. The odds of this happening at random are billions to one against."

Rusedski concluded by saying he would challenge the case to the "bitter end".

Catsou
01-09-2004, 06:20 PM
BTW, does anyone else find it at all ironic that they're holding the hearing in, of all places, Montreal? Now there's a way to guarantee a warm reception - I bet the people and the press will welcome him with open arms...

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) committee move to Montréal about 2 years ago...So I guess that has to do with the fact Rud's hearing is in Montréal!

Catsou
01-09-2004, 07:01 PM
If he wins Wimbledon --- He's British.

If he takes drugs -- He's Canadian.

:)


From Globe and mail, Friday, Jan. 9, 2004


Rusedski gets rough ride from British papers

Canadian Press


London — Greg Rusedski has had an odd relationship with his adopted Britain, a country that has viewed the tennis star who turned his back on Canada with a degree of suspicion since he switched national allegiance in 1995.

But news of his positive drug test on Friday laid open strong feelings in England about the Montreal-born Rusedski, highlighting that as much as British fans have rooted for him, they've never entirely embraced him as one of their own.

"Farewell to Quasi-Brit who never quite got it right," read the headline in The Times sports section over a column by Simon Barnes about the twilight of Rusedski's career.

"Just as we were about to say farewell to a sporting fellow we have always quite liked and never felt quite comfortable with, he had to mess it up with spectacular finality," he wrote.

Rusedski, who is currently playing in Australia, released a statement through his lawyers on Friday, saying he tested positive for nandrolone by taking supplements from ATP trainers.

He said more than 40 other positive tests had been dropped by the ATP because an analysis had shown an unexplained "common analytical fingerprint" in all of them.

His case will be heard in Montreal Feb. 9.

"If it was unfair and unreasonable to proceed to prosecution or investigation of the previous 43 cases, equally I consider it will be wrong and unfair to proceed with mine." said Rusedski

"However, the ATP, for reasons I simply do not understand, have not taken this view.

"Instead of treating me in the same category as all of the other players who have demonstrated elevated levels of nandrolone and the common analytical fingerprint, I appear to have been singled out for this treatment. This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory."

The ATP was not available for immediate comment.

Rusedski's downfall was front-page news in most British daily newspapers and was the top item on television newscasts.

"Rusedski Drugs Shame," blared the tabloid Sun on its front page.

The newspapers were quick to remind readers that Rusedski was born in Canada, something that's not always recalled if he's having a good run at Wimbledon.

Columnist Oliver Holt in the Daily Mirror described England's relationship with Rusedski as "a troubled and ultimately unfulfilling marriage of convenience" before arguing that no-one should miss the big-serving player if this is the end of his career.

"It does not reflect well on us but we supported him," he wrote. "Now he may be remembered as the man who brought disgrace upon the genteel world of British tennis."

The fact that Rusedski's fate will be decided in his native Montreal wasn't lost on British commentators for its sense of what-goes-around-comes-around justice.

Now that he faces a two-year ban if he is found to have taken the steroid nandrolone, some are predicting he will be abandoned by his new homeland.

"Rusedski is, or was, a Canadian, and shall no doubt be a Canadian again by the time news of his disgrace has reached Middle England," Barnes wrote in The Times.

In Montreal, Rusedski's positive test was flagged on the front page of Le Journal de Montreal and bumped the Canadiens from the front of the Montreal La Presse sports section. The Montreal Gazette ran a column on Rusedski.

Rusedski, 30, began his professional career as a Canadian in 1991. He was cleared to play for Britain four years later because his mother is from Yorkshire.

He had quick success as a pro, becoming the first Canadian in 20 years to reach the top 50 in the world rankings when he finished the season at No. 48 in 1993. His best season was in 1997, when he lost in the final of the U.S. Open and was named the BBC's sports personality of the year.

Rusedski landed in the United Kingdom at a time when tennis was at a low ebb but has been at the forefront of the game's revival, something that was helped by Tim Henman's success.

But Rusedski has never enjoyed the same level of adulation among average fans that the Oxfordshire-born Henman has received. Barnes contends that's because no matter how hard he tried, Rusedski was never British enough.

"Henman, British to the point of self-caricature, had something Rusedski would never have," he wrote. "The Wimbledon crowd not only loved his success, they also identified with him. He was not, even remotely, Canadian."

Catsou
01-09-2004, 07:04 PM
He was booed as recently as 2001... I think that he played Todd Martin in the first round? Todd made a comment afterwards that he never realized he had so many fans in Montreal, to the *wink* *nudge* effect.

He wasn't booed last year, though. I remember reading the paper the day after and one of the people who make sure everybody is seating blah, said that he was all ready to start booing... but nobody else did ;)

But yes... there are some people who feel very strongly about it. I like to think that most don't, though ;)

Nice quotes form Tom Tebbut about that in the Telegraph (sport.telegraph.co.uk)

Shock for Canadians
By Roy Hayes
(Filed: 09/01/2004)

The sense of shock felt in Britain at Rusedski's positive drugs test will be shared in his native Canada, according to the country's leading tennis writer.

Tom Tebbutt, the tennis correspondent of the Toronto Globe and Mail, said the timing of the announcement was ironic because Canadians had just started to forgive Montreal-born Rusedski for his decision to take up British citizenship in 1995.

"Canadians will find this news a real surprise," Tebbutt said. "Some people here will take a perverse pleasure in what has happened to Greg, but they're very much in the minority. He had been rehabilitated in the eyes of most Canadians, all those negative feelings from '95 had largely been washed away. People never resented what he did, just the way he did it."

Rusedski's parents - his mother is a British-born Canadian and his father Canadian of Ukrainian descent - still live in Kingston, Ontario, and he visits them as often as he can when he is in the country.

Although the fall-out from Rusedski's doping test will be nothing like that which followed the Ben Johnson affair in 1998, Tebbutt said Canadians will still be disappointed.

"He's still well-known here. The odd cynic might go round calling him 'the British tennis player', but largely Greg was comfortable coming here."

MisterQ
01-09-2004, 08:17 PM
If he wins Wimbledon --- He's British.

If he takes drugs -- He's Canadian.

:)

What if he wins Wimbledon on drugs? :lol:

tennischick
01-13-2004, 11:37 PM
OMG at this news!!!! :eek: :eek:

i have never been a Linus fan but i would never wish this on him.

the Android muct be breathing a sigh of relief that he retired...:o

CooCooCachoo
01-14-2004, 06:42 AM
It is just unbelievable that the British and the British press talk about Rusedski this way. I wonder why he still wants to play for Great-Britain. If he goes back to Canada, that will ruin the hopes of the entire island nation of winning the Davis Cup, while Tim Henman is still active. With Rusedski and Nestor, Canada will have a better shot at winning the DC than Britain will have. I like Henman and the Henmania is fun to witness, but this is something that Rusedski just doesn't deserve.