Andy's been busily tweeting away today-replying to someone who didn't exactly agree with his comparison of cycling and tennis and the drug-testing (I've posted an article about that on the news thread,and a longer piece on Andy's views in the Doping in Tennis thread).Thought I'd post the conversation here,as it's pretty interesting to hear his own take on things,even briefly.Tried to keep it in order and making sense,but with twitter conversations it can be hard!There's a little bit of swearing in in the beginning,it's not my language,it's just copy and paste,but I'll happily edit it if anyone wants me to. Won't post the other tweeter's name,as I don't have a clue who they are,or if you're allowed or anything!
@andy_murray what you're saying about cycling vs tennis is -with respect- total bullsh*t.
(Andy's A) exactly what did I say that was bullsh*t?
@andy_murray skill needed in cycling vs tennis + cycling "pretty much just physical", in fact there is a very high need for riding skills
(Andy's A) long distance cycling is physically one of the hardest sports out there.. Without doubt more demanding than tennis...
@andy_murray true, however it's not "just physical". can't really compare tennis with cycling in that matter.
it is simply "different", hence wrong to compare them. + the number of doping tests in cycling exceeds those in tennis by far
(Andy's A) ...however I believe there is more skill involved in tennis...and I said that there needs to be much more testing in tennis...
didn't doubt for one second that the testing in cycling is better than tennis.. I said there needs to be much more testing in tennis
so no sport requires more or less skill than another one? And no sport is more or less physical than another?
@andy_murray yes, sure the share of skill in success in tennis is greater compared to cycling but "just physical" needed to be rephrased
tennis "in much healthier position than cycling" also impossible to prove. Tennis should introduce bio.passport first.
(Andy's A) ideally every sport would have a bio passport....
I don't think it is "just" physical as I'm sure I would hit the deck cycling at 60mph however I believe it is a very large part of it
I wasn't trying to say anything bad about cycling.. I was trying to compare the 2 sports in front of journalists which isn't easy!
knowing if any little choice of the wrong word or phrase will make you look like an idiot
@andy_murray GB's best cyclists together with GB's best tennis player in support of clean sport
(Andy's A) good idea:) could raise some money for bio passports across more sport!