Long Post Alert!!
I meant the thread was falling off a cliff because there's nothing here to hold onto. All I'm seeing is basically a witch-hunt of Rafa and Novak.
I'm not in the habit of typing long-winded posts, but I'm going to make an exception this time.
Where are the sources all the doping-accusers are basing their opinions/facts on? Could you please show the link/source by right-clicking the URL and copying & pasting here so it can be read/seen by all who are interested. If it's too difficult to post the link, just mention who/where/when you read/saw the information and I can take it from there. I'm pretty good at research. Many thanks.
I'd like to start by saying I base my own thoughts and opinions on a number of different sources, and you might notice that I always post the link from the source so that people can read/see it for themselves. By using several different sources, I can get a more rounded view.
One of the *cough* sources I don't use is http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.ca/
which is a pathetic hate-filled site which actively solicits rumours. Here's a taster so you get the picture:
.. and here's another amazing piece of journalism:Flaunt it, Andy?
I guess the old adage, "When you got it, flaunt it.", was taken to heart by Andy Murray. This picture highlights a few things. First, although he is not particularly bulky, the muscle definition he has here would be very difficult to gain drug free, even with a lot of time in the weight room, in my opinion, particularly the abs and the multidefined pectoral muscles, his bulging trapezius (the muscle popping up from his back between the neck and shoulder), and I have also seen some pics of him with very well defined serratus anterior muscles (not just on his service arm), another difficult muscle group to develop. Secondly, it shows that Andy Murray is not concerned about attracting the attention of drug testers. So you have to think that either he is sure he is clean (which seems dubious based on this picture), or he is sure he isn't going to be caught. Choose your poison.
So.. getting back to Novak and Rafa. I'll start with Novak :
For years, Nole struggled with allergies. With going gluten-free he has found a happy place with his diet (didn't work for Andy because he was never gluten-intolerant.) I think that his diet, outstanding training regime, incredible drive and focus, and CVAC use has helped him become the player he is. I don't know if he's still using the CVAC, but I do know that IT IS NOT ILLEGAL BY WADA
Here's some info:http://mariposaxprs.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/a-physiologists-initial-take-on-the-cvac-pod/
And did you know that Olympic athletes at the London Olympic Games used CVAC?http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/20120906olympics-new-performance-devices.html?nclick_check=1
Besides sensors, some U.S. swimmers and volleyball players use an egg-shaped chamber known as a CVAC pod.
Inside the pod, changes in barometric pressure, temperature and air density create changes in the body similar to adaptations caused by high-intensity exercise.
California-based CVAC Systems Inc. says athletes who use the CVAC process report greater endurance and more energy.
The pod's popularity got a boost recently when Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic reportedly used the device. A study of athletes at the University of Hawaii in 2009 found that the process significantly improved their blood's oxygen-carrying capacity.
CVAC officials won't reveal which Olympic athletes use the chambers or the price tag of the equipment. Athletes usually rent time on the pods at sports facilities.
"We found athletes don't like to let their competitors in on what they're doing," said Mary Steinman, the company's director of marketing.http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/20120906olympics-new-performance-devices.html?Now onto Rafa:
Rafa has been using PRP since 2010, and it's been spoken of from his doctor: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/09/24/us-tennis-nadal-idUSTRE68N2M420100924?type=sportsNews&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FsportsNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Sports%29&utm_content=Twitter
..and by Rafa himself “PRP worked unbelievable on my knee before, in 2010, 2009. 2009 I had to pull out of Wimbledon, then I came back, but still I have pain. Just after Monte Carlo I did for the first time in my life the PRP treatment for me knee, but it was on the top of the knee, not down. Worked unbelievable. That injury I had was recovered 100% in very short period of time during the PRP treatment. "
(From the transcript of his pre-tournament press conference as published on the Shanghai website)http://en.shanghairolexmasters.com/t...event-116.aspxPRP IS NOT ILLEGAL BY WADA
It was illegal for a short while for intramuscular use, but in 2010 WADA removed it from their banned list. Rafa uses it for his ligaments.
He also has an oxygen pod and uses anti-gravity apparatus, all of which ARE NOT ILLEGAL BY WADA.
Just wanted to finish by saying the most overpowering tell for me is what I said a couple of weeks ago: ANDY PUBLICLY ADMIRES RAFA. ANDY IS NO FOOL.
For those who think Rafa doesn't do gym work/training, here's a few random pics. That's all for now. Thanks for your time.
Sept 2012 (a wetsuit like Andy's)