Federer on doping Sept 2009.
“I’d like a sport without doping, but it’s an illusion. There’s so much money involved, this pushes people to take drugs. I am convinced that doping doesn’t help tennis. Only a minority think differently. We can be submitted to checks at any moment and I believe that it’s the right thing to do. I prefer to know that I am playing against a clean opponent. Unfortunately it’s not always so.”
Thanks to Maeve for posting this comment on my blog. It comes from an old interview, but it’s interesting nonetheless. For one thing they ask him about religion, which is a question I’ve never heard him answer. But the more pressing issue is the one about doping. What Roger says here pretty much sums up everything we’ve been talking about. It should be obvious now that there is doping in tennis. The shocking thing is that the majority thinks it is OK. I get the feeling there is this kind of unspoken rule that it is OK to dope, as long as you don’t get caught. That’s the only conclusion to come to when you look at how laid back the testing is. If they really didn’t want doping then they would do random unexpected tests all the time, not this half-assed excuse for a testing program. This quote by Roger raises new questions for me about Nadal.
Nadal used to have an inexplicably dumb playing schedule. He kept getting injured yet he kept playing every event in sight. This only points to one thing – money. Players like Nadal and Roger get obscene amounts in appearance fees. I stand corrected but I think Nadal received $1.5 mil just for showing up in Bangkok last week. We have always known Roger’s stance about this. He has always put his own health above money. If he doesn’t feel rested he will skip an event no matter how much money they throw at him. Nadal on the other hand can’t resist. Only after repeatedly getting injured did he finally start changing his playing schedule. Yet even now he still does it, as he is playing three events in three weeks in Asia. It’s called greed. And greedy people will do anything for money. They don’t care if they damage themselves, the people around them, or the environment.
It reminds me of that picture of the guy with dollar signs as pupils. Greed is truly the disease of mankind that has us on the brink of extinction. It is a terrible, destructive epidemic, and it threatens to destroy tennis now. Can you imagine if Nadal is in fact doping and it ever came out? It would basically destroy tennis. And as far as I’m concerned the possibility is now very good. I always thought it’s possible that Nadal played a lot of events because that is the way he stayed in form. But the fact that he has played less tournaments of late and did better than ever, shows me it was purely about greed and money. And considering what Roger said, this makes Nadal a prime suspect. He strikes me as the guy who would do anything to win and to get more money. This is now going beyond mere speculation. The more I think about it the more suspect this becomes.
I have followed Roger for a long time now and his main rival Nadal as well. I am more sure than ever that Roger is not doping, and I more sure than ever that Nadal is doping. Of course there is no hard proof still, but as far as I’m concerned my mind is now all but made up. Just look at the world around you. You have corruption everywhere. You have to look no further than world governments and corrupt politicians. It starts at the top and rots all the way down to the bottom. But it’s , mostly people who already have a lot of power that is corrupt. Or trhey have gotten to where they are through corruption. As they say, power corrupts. I have no doubt that tennis is corrupt as well, and it’s truly sad. You have a guy like Roger who is totally in love with the game and would never do anything to bring it into disrepute, but he has to play against guys who cheats.
It’s just not fair. Yet still he beats these guys. Suppose Nadal is in fact doping. This would mean he damaged Roger’s legacy forever by cheating. Do you think the ATP would make it public if they caught Nadal doping? If not it wouldn’t be the first time. We already know of at least one guy(Agassi) who the ATP kept quiet, and there is almost certainly more. All of this basically makes me lose interest in tennis. If I ever find out Nadal is doping it would make me sick to my very stomach. It would mean Roger could already have 2 calender year grand slams and 22 slams, making him the GOAT by far. OK that’s enough. It makes me sick to even think about it.