What this does highlight is the issue - and this is an issue that several of the top men have also highlighted in the past - that at the beginning of each year the players have to notify the ITF of their exact whereabouts for 365 days of the year. Tennis players' plans change on an extremely regular basis due to tournament results, injury, travel issues etc. Or maybe out of season/training they suddenly decide to change their plans one morning and go on an impromptu trip or lunch date or whatever.
Just goes to show how inflexible their lives are and how little privacy athletes get. Tennis players probably have it worse than many other sports people.
Thanks ATL. Yes it goes to show how inflexible their lives are. & they have to tell the ITF where they are all the time. I suppose you could be in the middle of a meal or anything when they come to test you. It's very intrusive and I'm sure the players don't like it.
I think Andy's mentioned that he's even been woken up during the night to have a urine sample taken! Also he was nearly late in getting to Buckingham Palace when he went to get his OBE because testers turned up at about the same time as the taxi arrived wanting a blood sample, which they duly got, although for some reason I don't understand players have to sit for 20 minutes before the sample can be taken, so if ever there was a very good reason for refusing to have a test done that was it! It does shows though just how important these tests are to players, and why I hope that Cornet can convince the Tribunal that her three excuses in one year were due to completely valid and unavoidable circumstances..