Roger Federer has never been shy about discussing doping in tennis. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Roger Federer revealed that he doesn’t recall getting drug tested once during the 16-match win streak he built up at this time of the year last season.
“I didn’t get tested I don’t think through the whole Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells swing where I won all three tournaments,” Federer told reporters at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday. “I didn’t get tested once. That shouldn’t be OK.”
The revelation came on the heels of the ITF’s announcement that it will introduce the biological passport testing system to tennis, an anti-doping measure used in other sports such as cycling and track and field that monitors an athlete’s biology via blood testing to identify abnormal changes that may indicate doping.
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“I think we’ve seen a lot of things happen all across the board in sports,” Federer said. “Obviously the cycling issue has been issue has been around for some time but what surfaced this year is super extreme. I think that really gets you thinking.