Fed­erer: time for more dope tests

World No. 3 tested just once in 10 years of liv­ing in Dubai

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Roger Fed­erer feels ten­nis au­thor­i­ties need to in­tro­duce far stricter dop­ing reg­u­la­tions fol­low­ing the sur­pris­ing news of Maria Shara­pova’s failed drugs test.

The 17-time grand slam cham­pion also re­vealed that since pur­chas­ing a prop­erty in Dubai - where he spends around two months of the year - he has been tested just once in the last 10 years.

Now, fol­low­ing Shara­pova’s pos­i­tive test for mel­do­nium, the Swiss ace be­lieves that more must be done to make sure a cri­sis is avoided.

“I def­i­nitely think that ten­nis is do­ing a lot bet­ter than we have in the past,” said Fed­erer. “You could al­ways do more test­ing. You could ask some­one here in 50 years’ time and he’ll say we could still do more. You could be tested four times per day.

“What is the right amount and what’s not? Clearly, I was very sur­prised [about Shara­pova]; I thought she was go­ing to an­nounce her re­tire­ment. But it also shows that the fa­mous play­ers can get caught in the sys­tem.

“It seems to be work­ing. I still be­lieve we should keep blood sam­ples for 10 years, so ath­letes and ten­nis play­ers know that’s the case, that you could get pun­ished retroac­tively. I’m a big be­liever in that. “I’ve been in Dubai for 10 years now and I’ve been tested once in 10 years - that’s not OK for me. I get tested more in Switzer­land be­cause a tester lives in my vil­lage. He comes and sees me the day af­ter my surgery and a week later.

“In Dubai they’ve come once be­cause of the Asian Games. I’d like it to be the same way and fair. Ten­nis is do­ing more and more. It was dis­ap­point­ing to say the least.”

Fed­erer, who un­der­went knee surgery last month and is still cur­rently side­lined with a stom­ach bug, was also asked whether he felt as though there was a drug prob­lem in ten­nis.

He added: “I don’t think so. Maybe I am naive in the fact that I be­lieve ath­letes, I trust what they are do­ing. Clearly, when they get caught you turn be­cause you are like: ‘I can’t be­lieve that they tried to do that.’

“I don’t think there is a ma­jor prob­lem, all I can talk about is my­self. I quadru­ple check any­thing I take. I don’t want to take any chances what­so­ever.”

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