Koellerer Accuses Nadal of Doping

“Tennis is manipulated and drugged. And what has been done about it this year? Nothing. Except in my case. I’ve paid for everyone. Now they’ve stopped Viktor Troicki and Marin Cilic. But, why?
“Let’s take Nadal. It’s not possible that he tests negative. After 7 months out of the courts due to injury, he came back and won 10 out of 13 tournaments. That is impossible. Impossible! It tells you everything. That combined with the rumours of fake injuries to cover up silent bans. Look, nobody believes in that story that he didn’t take anything! Imagine what it would mean for tennis if it broke the news that he tested positive.”

About Ferrer: “He is, or was, a compulsive smoker. Once I played against him and he was smoking just 10 minutes before we came into the court. Then he ran even more in the third set, while I had mi tongue out.”

About match fixing: “This is… a secret between players. Specially on summer, some lose early at tournaments, so they can still play during the weekend and win money twice. They have inside information about the players to gain some hundreds of euros”.

http://www.puntodebreak.com/2013/09/25/koellerer-es-imposible-que-nadal-no-este-dopado?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Daniel Koellerer

I want to thank my reader Toni who put the above, which is translated, in a comment on my last post. There is more so check it out. In my recent post after the US Open I insinuated that Nadal could be doping and I was consequently threatened and told that I could go to jail for it. I responded that if they lock me up then they have to lock up thousands of people the world over who has accused Nadal of doping on the internet, including many of my own readers. Now a former professional tennis player who was banned from tennis for life for match fixing has joined the accusers. Of course Koellerer’s reputation has been damaged by his ban from tennis, but he was always the bad boy of tennis and I have no doubt he was being used as a scapegoat by the powers that be. It is of course very convenient to throw the bad boy under the bus to take the attention off your own corruption.

I don’t trust the whole setup. There are just too many things out of place and man’s lust for power and money is of course notorious. There are always a few in control who have power and manipulate and corrupt at will. This is just man’s nature and part of the society we live in. A recent study showed that the richest 1% controls 39% of the world’s wealth and that trend is increasing. I don’t think Koellerer’s reputation is the issue here. He is just someone with nothing to lose and since the ATP has sold him out, why should he hold back? He is just saying what many people are thinking anyway. It is hard to argue with what he is saying too. Nadal’s dominance after his 7 month break this year has been strange to say the least. Ferrer peaking past 30 has been strange as well. It is just hard not to believe that these players don’t have extra ‘help’.

Anyway I am not directly accusing anyone of doping. I am just reporting and giving some of my own thoughts on the issue, so I don’t want to have to deal with comments about false accusation again. Rather I’d like to hear from you and what your thoughts are on Koellerer’s statements. Today I read uncle Toni’s response to Koellerer’s accusations, saying: “I don’t know who is Koellerer. He’s not credible”. What do you guys think? Do you agree with Toni or do you think, like me, that Koellerer was used as a scapegoat and that in fact he is giving his honest and educated opinion?

 

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  1. It’s hard for me to give Koellerer any credibility. His past as a cheater makes him come off as someone who is just trying to point fingers away from himself. On top of this, Kollerer is one of the most controversial players on the tour. He has gotten into many fights, arguments, and disputes on court because of his eccentric personality. I’m not saying he is wrong about Nadal, but at the same time, I refuse to believe that what he says is true because of his character.

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  2. Unfortunately, the only people who will speak up about their suspicions are those who have been kicked out of the system, because they have nothing to lose.

    Because of that the tennis establishment can easily dismiss them as bitter and disgruntled individuals looking to settle a grudge by making unfounded accusations against the ATP.

    Everyone else is going to stay quiet because they have too much to lose if they break the code of silence. They’ll be immediately outcast and their careers ruined.

    The ATP is going to try to divert people’s attention by making this about Kollerer’s personality, and not about the mountain of circumstantial evidence that indicates that many tennis players are doping.

    We should not fall into that trap.

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  3. Besides all suspicious facts about Nadal`s performance and injuries there is something even more bothersome. If you guys follow the famous “Tennis has a steroid problem blog” you will notice that from blog focused on tennis (understand Nadal) it widened its focus to other sports, which is great off course. What`s intriguing is that the writer of the blog announced almost a year ago in few posts that he is about to quit maintaining his blog at the peak of its popularity since “a great job has been done so far and unless someone is proven to be doped from the big tennis/sports names” there won`t be any new updates but the readers can keep writing on older posts or even create ones on their own!
    So the owner/writer of the blog after some silence all of a sudden kept producing new posts about doping in any sport for the joy of his followers but no one mentioned what happened to his writings the last year after he promised to quit writing…He never made a single post himself relating Nadal to doping, questioning his long break (he used to be 1st to claim it`s a silent ban in the past)and other symptoms characteristic of dope users.His most famous post “The curious case of Rafa Nadal”is already well outdated and he is not willing to add his new thought on the case even after prompted by some readers and especially after rafa die-heart fans started to populate all of the old articles relating Nadal to doping as they did with your own post few days ago Ruan.
    Now as you say that you have been threatened to go to court i can finally confirm that the writer of “tennis has a steroid problem” has been threatened the same well or even physically to start even avoiding the “Nadal”word everywhere on his site. I remember you had an assault on you back in south Africa and i am willing to believe that this might be related to the whole mafia surrounding Nadal and his uncle.
    Have you guys noticed how all the links from famous videos or articles mentioned on “tennis has a steroid problem” are no longer available or just missing. Check youtube as well….only videos of Rafa talking against doping tend to last…
    In the era of internet and global spying online is very easy to find anyone who has not hidden his online identity well and threaten him to stop posting about Rafa`s doping connection…!

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    Tori.S Reply:

    In one of his posts, I think a commenter mentioned that the head of the ITF was trying to find out his identity. And yes, most of the links in his infamous article have been deleted. Not surprised.

    Meanwhile here is what Kollerer said after his comments on Nadal:

    Köllerer defused Nadal criticism:
    http://www.sport1.de/de/tennis/tenni…ge_782899.html

    Weak Translation:
    The alleged match-fixing life locked ex-tennis pro Daniel Köllerer has its doping accusations against Rafael Nadal eased somewhat, but stuck to his suspicions. In an interview with the Austrian SPORT1.fm he rowed back: “The press is some of what you say, reworded and gives a different meaning I never said that Nadal dopes..”

    His fundamental suspicions toward the 13-time Grand Slam winner and the ATP Association he held upright.

    He even drew a comparison to the fallen cycling star Lance Armstrong.

    “If you take out Nadal, it would be death for the Tennis If you would convict him, it would be just like in cycling with Armstrong, I can well imagine that the injury breaks maybe a different background have” expressed the 30 year old, nebulous:

    “I’m not the only one who thinks so. Olivier Rochus said already in 2012 after his resignation, Nadal was protected by the ATP.”

    Köllerer had already received positive feedback: “…For many of my former colleagues from the tennis circus is suspicious, many have reported via phone and text message to me”

    ——–
    It’s no surprise that Nadal is being protected.
    Now Kollerer confirms that there are other players who suspect Nadal and that they have given him positive feedback. Other players are aware.

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  4. I believe in Murphy’s law: If anything just cannot go wrong (cover up of doping), it will anyway. You (Nadal) can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool MOM (The readers of blogs like this one). Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.

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  5. Ruan, I think Koellerer’s comments show two things: firstly that there are increasing voices out there who question the basis of Nadal’s incredible achievements, and are not afraid to voice the possibility of doping, and secondly that you haven’t been carelessly shooting from the lip when you have expressed your own doubts here on the blog.

    We have gone well past the stage when Nadal fans could say the suggestions of doping are just sour grapes from Federer fans. Most of the views expressed about Nadal and doping have nothing to do with his beating Federer – or anyone else. More and more people in tennis are essentially asking how can any sportsman make the kind of miraculous recoveries from serious injury that Nadal has, and even play the way he is able to, unless he is doping. This has nothing to do with who he beats. The voices of cynicism have certainly grown since the Armstrong scandal. People are no longer prepared to believe a player is clean simply because they haven’t failed a drug test (that we know of) when there are serious questions about how they achieve incredible performances – and I mean physically incredible performances, such as to do with strength, speed, stamina and recovery, and not feats of pure skill.

    Koellerer has been part of the professional game. We are hearing more players and ex-players voicing opinions like his. We don’t know if they are right, but it shows they believe there are grounds for suspicion – and they are saying much the same things. They don’t trust Nadal, or the tennis authorities.

    I think we will hear more of this because since Lance Armstrong we can no longer take on trust what the sportsmen and the authorities tell us. Ruan, you are right to draw attention to the issue, and have been very fair in the way you have allowed the debate from both sides to take place on your blog, when other sites have attempted to censor discussion. It won’t go away. We need answers.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Rich. As usual you are the mainstay on this blog as far as this issue goes and I am glad you commented. The Armstrong bust was a very good thing because now people just don’t trust so easily. And of course it’s great to see a cheat and a bully brought to justice.

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  6. And this coming from a bitter, old and banned player, how credible? so according to you “people” nadal just happen to find the miracle drug that others have failed to find? IF and I say IF Nadal is doping, so are all the top players. that includes Roger, Nole and Murray. if that is the case, then the field is level. lets enjoy tennis and away with conspiracy theories.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You don’t know if Nadal is doping that the other players are doping. I don’t think Fed and Murray is doping. Djokovic I’m more suspicious. And calling it conspiracy theories won’t make it go away.

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    emy Reply:

    and how do you know that Fed and Murray are not? How did Murray go from being scrawny to muscle man? how is it possible for Fed to remain injury free for most of his career? miracle pill perhaps? the mono story, who is to say it wasn’t just a story? all players have stories, some more than others. but this I can assure you, no tennis player is Perfect. Go easy on poor Nadal. he is not the monster you make him out to be.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t know that Fed and Murray is not and I never claimed they aren’t. As for Nadal you are right. He is not a monster. But I don’t trust him anyway.

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    Gargantouas Reply:

    Emy, let’s forget about doping for a second. I agree there is no way a reasonable person can be convinced that Nadal is indeed a doper. That said, what do you think of his career-threatening injuries followed by career pinnacles? Nadal played probably the best tennis of his life few months after a 7-month hiatus. Does that make sense to you? How can he reach that high level so fast after staying away from courts that long? It’s unheard of in all sports history. To me, it seemed that he never stopped training/playing tennis all these 7 months. Again, I’m not implying he’s doping, he rather used this break to retool his game and regroup mentally. Guess that makes him dishonest for using injury as an excuse but who cares right?

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    emy Reply:

    Do you seriously think Nadal was on a sick bed for seven months? of course he wasn’t. yes the knee injury was there, but maybe not so bad that he takes seven months off. he used that time to regroup, practise more and solve the Nole puzzle. hello? the guy was getting whooped by Nole left right and centre. he needed time to work him out. was he honest about it? maybe not. but he shouldn’t be crucified for that.

    I just don’t think its fair that when he wins you guys bring up the dope. apart from this bitter banned player, most of his accusers are Fed fans. you are not so much on Noles or Murrays case as they are not threats to Roger’s numbers. its unfortunate that Nadal will always be accused of doping because he is after Roger’s numbers.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well Nadal admitted himself that he did not pick up a racquet in the time he was out. How do you explain that?

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    emy Reply:

    he was solving Nole. He and his team knew they needed time to work out a plan. and they did. if u have watched his games vs Nole recently, its changed. im sure you have noticed that, but would rather focus on dope than on game strategy. I also know that I will never convince you otherwise, just like there are millions of others who will never believe your theories. I guess we must just agree to disagree and watch tennis and come here once in a while and wait for Nadal to win 17 GS. wishful thinking of course. cheers!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Very emotionally charged comment from you. Sounds like you have some serious doubts about Nadal’s ability to bounce back yourself.

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    rich Reply:

    @emy

    So Nadal doesn’t practise for 7 months – because he is injured, right? – and thinks about changing his strategy to beat Djokovic – and that’s all it takes to have a phenomenal season that includes complete domination on his weakest surface. Unlike any other player, he is apparently stronger rather than weaker after serious injury (it was serious, right?) and unlike any other player is better when he returns to play despite months of no practice (since he had to stay off the courts because of his injury, right?)

    So he spends 7 months figuring out how to beat Djokovic, and what do we see tactically when he picks up his racquet again? He returns every ball from the parking lot, he hits cross-court, down-the-line, and runs forever. Man, that is some complex game strategy! Wait, isn’t it what he has always done – against eveybody? Now, if you told me he is also recovering from cancer then I might think there was something fishy about all of this – like Lance. But I guess he is just another regular freak from Spain – there are quite a few judging from their newfound sporting success – who has found ways to defy the laws of nature, and physics too probably. Doping would easily explain it but let’s go for the implausible explanation, shall we?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha excellent.

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    Tori.S Reply:

    Rich, always coming up with the best responses :-P

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    Elizabeth Howard Reply:

    You are incorrect re Rafael Nadal not picking up a racquet for 7 months, he did not for a spell while his injury recovered but then did train. He spent time swimming as part of recovery He also spent time having fun and came back refreshed. He has a huge talent. great focus and the genes for sport are A1. I ignore an unfortunate man who had so many issues himself, bitter and angry. I feel sorry for him

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    Micjy Reply:

    Thank God, ,a sensible comment I found , if one is doping then all surely are doping too,,they all are making so much against nadal why not every other,,,

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Not necessarily no. There are reasons why they are making so much against Nadal.

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  7. koellerer is a hero and a rebel who sacrificed his own safety for the truth.

    these lies from toni can’t go on anymore, the sport needs to be saved. no one believes what rafafull does is possible.

    are people that stupid even after marion jones,armstrong and all those baseball players? it’s all greed won in the worst way with no style or grace whatsoever. we want him out of the sport…

    hey Ruan you are doing a great job. see ya

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  8. First let me say that whenever anyone in sport takes what they do to a level not seen before, speculation of Doping will always be at the forefront of discussion. I can’t blame anyone, regardless of their “reputation” for bringing it up for discussion. The issue I have is with several statements made here. First, to say that no one ever plays the kind of tennis Nadal did after a 7 month layoff (without the suggestion of some kind of unnatural help), is a slap in the face of Greatness, having absolutely no proof of Doping on Nadal’s part. And believe me, I am partial to no one with regards to this issue. I have coached for over 30 years and have watched Tennis and its players evolve over those years. The truth to Nadal’s game is, no one has ever played the game the way he does, and with as much tenacity! He has been this way from day one. He is every bit of 6’2″ tall and is no small guy. Federer set the bar very high with his play over the past 15 years and players have responded by being more conscious of their diets, how much they play, their habits off the court in terms of specific strength training as well as giving injuries time to heal. I consider myself a very technical coach in that, I believe what makes a player successful on the tennis court is his or her ability to calculate and execute strokes under pressure consistently and for long durations. This includes staying low and keeping your feet light. My observations have seen Nadal go back to school and become a much better volleyer, and a much better server from a technical standpoint. He also developed a much better slice as well. Doping has nothing to do with these improvements in his game. Many Professional Tennis players suffer from “arrogance” at the highest level! Actually believing that the game they have is good enough and no one can tell them anything else. I have experienced this first hand. And the questions about Murray and Djokovic are again, perplexing to me as Novack has not really blown up in my observations, but has visibly gotten tighter/leaner. Murray has always had a thick frame if one was to look close. It would only take a couple of months for him to beef up without any help from steroids. And here is a question for everyone…those that have been found guilty of Doping, what did it do for them? Did it equate into beating the Big 4 consistently? Look…is anything possible? Could all these accusations prove to be true…absolutely! But from a coaches standpoint, my observations prove that the the top players do possess the best technique. Federer’s inability to pull the trigger with confidence on his forehand and particularly his backhand has hurt him a great deal against the more consistent players now ranked ahead of him. Doping would not change this at all. It would take studying and breaking down the specific situations that create the errors in pressure situations and making adjustments. Am I suggesting these allegations be swept under the carpet…no. But accusing players who have worked hard to improve their games with very serious allegations with no proof is irresponsible. The question in my opinion should be on the shoulders of the governing body of ATP and their effectiveness of making sure that greatest sport in the world remains clean.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I definitely think that doping would greatly improve Federer’s results. He is immensely talented and the main reason these players are beating him is because of his physical decline. If he was faster, stronger, and had more stamina he would beat these guys. Doping can certainly improve all those things. Not saying he is not doping, but it appears unlikely to me.

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    Just linked to this from your May 2017 blog post – I wasn’t getting them back in 2013. So a bit late to this discussion.

    Isn’t it nothing short of miraculous how Federer has come back after 6 months out injured and is INSTANTLY Superman, winning just about everything this year. Just, well, amazing! What a guy! Faster, stronger and with all the stamina of a 22 year old. In fact with MORE stamina than most 22 year olds! A new man! I’m sure he will go on to win Wimbledon and the US Open, and probably be the Year End No1 this year, and Nadal (also out at the same time with what was described as a serious, possibly career ending wrist injury, but luckily was able to return for the Olympics 3 months later, just..wow…) will clean up the clay season in much the same way, including his 10th FO, as well as running Federer close for the other titles. I would bet my house on it if I had one. What a pair – it just shows you what can be achieved merely with hard work, talent and dedication.

    Federer puts his success down to ‘thinking young’, getting to grips with the bigger racquet and practising his backhand a lot, thus proving that you don’t need drugs in order to turn back time.

    If I didn’t know what great players and all round good guys they both are – and of course the ATP would be on to them in a nano-second if there was even a whisper of anything untoward (as fair play is everything to them, never mind the power and the money and the dream ticket of that great pair being on top again) – I might almost question their dual resurrection. But no, it isn’t possible. Not the two greatest players of all time.

    Hang on a minute, I just saw a pig flying past.

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  9. If someone made a logical argument based on any credible proof instead of heresay, it would be quite useful to discuss that and get it out in the open, so that the sport could be improved. Additionally, even in the absence if proof, if there was a clever argument, it would merit a discussion. However, this is just so sad to read. It’s disappointing really, that people can’t even come up with a fake argument that a high school kid wouldn’t laugh at.
    Serena is better built than Federer; she must be doping obviously. I am better built than Federer, so obviously i am doping as well.
    Also, with regard to Nadal beating Djoko in 2013: Djoko did not play at the same level in the slams and Nadal went much more to his forehand than previously. If u watch the matches from different years, that is obvious. Even if you watch their matches now, Nadal is more predictable and you’ll often see Djoko leaning in the right direction before Nadal has even taken his shot. In the past, Nadal went way way too much to djoko’s backhand and that pattern of play just didnt work against a backhand like djoko’s. However, u could also just read that dumb shit comment by Rich and believe that. Such a sad loser. Lol.

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    Jon Cristo Reply:

    First of all, Juan Monaco, if this is really you, a very big congratulations on a very successful career and some very fine play of the game. You have been at the top of the sport for a dozen years and competed against ,big bangers, grinders, players who use their minds more than their bodies, players who use and find the shots that affect the foe’s abilities, players whose skill levels are through the roof (both disciplined and not disciplined, ie guys like fed-rafa and others like Nalbandian- Monfils). Are you willing to state tho as a fact that the sport is clean? Dick Pound made statements that directly imply that the ATP is covering up test results, saying that users are in the “double digits”.. Maria got the boot for a PED that should have been illegal to use the whole time, like many other drugs that are not on the list tho that should be. Is it fair for some to use the “drugs” that are not on the list tho that provide improved and unnatural performance benefit? Murray says that using those drugs goes against fairness that should be thought of as common sense of fair play, what say you?

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  11. I cannot understand why Nadal comes up with excuses when the hard court season begins, and never have any complaints when the clay court season is in session. I don’t know of any other player that does that. He should not be allowed to do that because he doesn’t like to play surfaces other than clay. I don’t like the idea at all. I don’t know about the doping, but I do hate to see him go through that ridiculous ritual before he serves. It is so vulgar.

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  13. First let me say that whenever anyone in sport takes what they do to a level not seen before, speculation of Doping will always be at the forefront of discussion. I can’t blame anyone, regardless of their “reputation” for bringing it up for discussion. The issue I have is with several statements made here. First, to say that no one ever plays the kind of tennis Nadal did after a 7 month layoff (without the suggestion of some kind of unnatural help), is a slap in the face of Greatness, having absolutely no proof of Doping on Nadal’s part. And believe me, I am partial to no one with regards to this issue. I have coached for over 30 years and have watched Tennis and its players evolve over those years. The truth to Nadal’s game is, no one has ever played the game the way he does, and with as much tenacity! He has been this way from day one. He is every bit of 6’2″ tall and is no small guy. Federer set the bar very high with his play over the past 15 years and players have responded by being more conscious of their diets, how much they play, their habits off the court in terms of specific strength training as well as giving injuries time to heal. I consider myself a very technical coach in that, I believe what makes a player successful on the tennis court is his or her ability to calculate and execute strokes under pressure consistently and for long durations. This includes staying low and keeping your feet light. My observations have seen Nadal go back to school and become a much better volleyer, and a much better server from a technical standpoint. He also developed a much better slice as well. Doping has nothing to do with these improvements in his game. Many Professional Tennis players suffer from “arrogance” at the highest level! Actually believing that the game they have is good enough and no one can tell them anything else. I have experienced this first hand. And the questions about Murray and Djokovic are again, perplexing to me as Novack has not really blown up in my observations, but has visibly gotten tighter/leaner. Murray has always had a thick frame if one was to look close. It would only take a couple of months for him to beef up without any help from steroids. And here is a question for everyone…those that have been found guilty of Doping, what did it do for them? Did it equate into beating the Big 4 consistently? Look…is anything possible? Could all these accusations prove to be true…absolutely! But from a coaches standpoint, my observations prove that the the top players do possess the best technique. Federer’s inability to pull the trigger with confidence on his forehand and particularly his backhand has hurt him a great deal against the more consistent players now ranked ahead of him. Doping would not change this at all. It would take studying and breaking down the specific situations that create the errors in pressure situations and making adjustments. Am I suggesting these allegations be swept under the carpet…no. But accusing players who have worked hard to improve their games with very serious allegations with no proof is irresponsible. The question in my opinion should be on the shoulders of the governing body of ATP and their effectiveness of making sure that greatest sport in the world remains clean.

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  15. Well, you gotta say… he’s doing it again. No play since RG. Comes back to the Olympics playing doubles AND singles. Long match against Bellucci today, then another long one in doubles for the gold. Now, he has to play again tomorrow for the semi-final and a 5-setter on Sunday for the medal. Then supposedly, he’s going to play next week in Cincinnati. But he’s been out with a wrist injury, and said in an interview today he hasn’t played more than 15-minutes per day leading into this because his wrist wouldn’t allow it. Ok, his fans are in major denial. I’m sitting here saying… huh?!

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  16. Well, interestingly, Roger just won the Australian Open after 6 months off with a knee injury. He said that only a few months ago he couldn’t even play an exhibition match because he was too injured. To go from not being able to even play an easy exhibition match to being on top of the world in a short few months is very interesting isn’t it? Of all the things you can injure in tennis, the knee has to be one of the worst. Nadal was off with a wrist injury – you can still do fitness training etc with that type of injury, so not as bad as a knee injury. What do we all think of this given the comments that have been made about Nadal’s rise to the top again after serious injury? Roger hasn’t won a grand slam final in 5 or 6 years and at 35, after the most debilitating injury of his life, he’s back to his best. Either it is possible to come back and play at your best after a long injury OR it’s not. So if it’s not, then you have to accuse Roger of doping as well. Quite possibly though, a long lay off can do a player good, considering how much of a mental game tennis is as well as physical.

    For the record I like them both so I’m not really interested in accusing either of them of doping, but this latest Australian Open win by Roger really makes some of your comments about Rafael pretty comical. You can’t accuse one without accusing the other.

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  17. Stoney
    I was actually thinking the same thing. Tennis player leaves tennis for 6 months to heal an injury. AO quickens the court so Novak is uncomfortable with his winning surface. AO uses new Roger friendly balls. very fishy.

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    Lynsey Adams Reply:

    Isn’t it nothing short of miraculous how Federer has come back after 6 months out injured and is INSTANTLY Superman, winning just about everything this year. Just, well, amazing! What a guy! Faster, stronger and with all the stamina of a 22 year old. In fact with MORE stamina than most 22 year olds! A new man! I’m sure he will go on to win Wimbledon and the US Open, and probably be the Year End No1 this year, and Nadal (also out at the same time with what was described as a serious, possibly career ending wrist injury, but luckily was able to return for the Olympics 3 months later, just..wow…) will clean up the clay season in much the same way, including his 10th FO, as well as running Federer close for the other titles. I would bet my house on it if I had one. What a pair – it just shows you what can be achieved merely with hard work, talent and dedication.

    Federer puts his success down to ‘thinking young’, getting to grips with the bigger racquet and practising his backhand a lot, thus proving that you don’t need drugs in order to turn back time.

    If I didn’t know what great players and all round good guys they both are – and of course the ATP would be on to them in a nano-second if there was even a whisper of anything untoward (as fair play is everything to them, never mind the power and the money and the dream ticket of that great pair being on top again) – I might almost question their dual resurrection. But no, it isn’t possible. Not the two greatest players of all time.

    Hang on a minute, I just saw a pig flying past. :))

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