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Federer Says Tennis Organizations Should Do More to Deter Doping

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns against Richard Gasquet of France during their group B singles match in the round robin stage on the fourth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov. 7, 2013. Photographer: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns against Richard Gasquet of France during their group B singles match in the round robin stage on the fourth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov. 7, 2013. Photographer: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- 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.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Priechenfried in London at bprie@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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