I admire Novak's loyalty to his friend,I really do.But I don't like what it's leading to.Doping,and the measures taken to combat it,are a big,big thing in tennis-in any sport.Are you really saying that Novak would be saying the things he's saying about this case if it wasn't his friend involved?If it was just a random player he didn't know?Because I don't think he would.
He's coming at this from a place of being emotional on behalf of a friend,and while I think he's a good guy (and obviously a very good friend to have),I wish he'd be a bit more careful,because his words carry weight.
Spot on. We must enforce the rules and make sure that if someone has, or wants, to miss a test it is approved by the testers as a legitimate reason. The process needs confirmations on the spot in writing to avoid any misinterpretation as Novak is indicating happened with his friend. In my sport they are now taking drugs, getting a small punishment, or having them backdated so it all is becoming meaningless! National bodies appear to be in collusion with athletes and coaches to avoid punishment of drug takers. Hopeless.
Was Troicki involved in their Davis Cup team?
Novak also implied that results could be wrong. Is he trying to undermine testing in the interest of those who do not follow the rules? He suggested that as Andy wanted a verification of results from an independant lab that was enough. I hope that this does not taint Andy too. Perhaps Novak should consider more carefully before he speaks as he will be distrusted on drugs as a result of what he has said this week. Whatever the situation with Troicki he has done no good with this intervention.