Andy's comments about doping and testing are very wise. It would be very easy to say something that people could take the wrong way, so it's incredibly sensible for him to focus on what can be done, and why it's a good idea to do more, rather than get embroiled in whether or not tennis is clean or saying anything that could come across as overt criticism of what has gone on before. He is fairly specific about what is required, acknowledges there are financial implications, but argues that in light of the Armstrong scandal, the status quo just isn't going to cut it.
It's also clever, because by saying he'd be prepared to take a cut in prize money, it will be harder for the cost excuse to be trotted out by ITF. Obviously, that would rely on other players being prepared to take a similar cut, but I imagine top (clean) players would be all for it, as they must know that their legacy risks becoming tainted. It's all very well being clean, but if there is no way to prove it, there will always be rumours.
I think this is spot on. There was a small snippet of Andy on the news last night, talking about the doping issue, talking about what needs to be done, the financial implications, etc. He was very impressive and wise on the topic. He's obviously given it a lot of thought.
I really do think Andy has become a fantastic ambassador for the sport. I love the way he seems comfortable now to express a view, such as this on doping and what can be done, particularly for the benefit of the sport and those watching. He comes across so well, articulate, intelligent and genuine. When it eventually happens, and I'm sure it will, Andy is going to be a superb No.1 in the world, because though his way isn't to be the all singing, all dancing, jokey type, he cares passionately about sport in general and tennis in particular, and it shows.