Record 17-time tennis Grand Slam champion Roger Federer said the sport needs to do more drug tests to deter cheating.
“We’re not getting maybe tested enough,” the Swiss player said at a news conference in London. “I think I was tested 25 times in 2003-2004. It’s been clearly going down this season.”
Federer, a former top-ranked player now No. 7, was speaking after a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Richard Gasquet of France in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. He has called before for more stringent anti-doping measures, as has Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Viktor Troicki of Serbia was given a 12-month suspension for missing a blood test and Marin Cilic of Croatia completed a four-month ban last month after testing positive for the stimulant nikethamide.
In 2009, Gasquet was cleared of doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said he tested positive for cocaine because he kissed a woman who’d ingested the drug.
Federer said that he wasn’t tested for drugs during a February-March 2012 run of three straight tournament titles in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells.
“For me, that’s not OK,” he said. “You just show up and test a guy that’s winning everything. That’s sometimes what I struggle with.”
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