Ace about face: how drugs testing plummeted in lockdown

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Ace about face: how drugs testing plummeted in lockdown

Top players have barely been tested during this time as tennis lags behind other sports on the doping front

Simon Briggs and Jannik Schneider

Drugs testing in tennis has fallen by alarming levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, we can reveal.

Our investigation found that some of the world’s leading players were barely tested in the five months between the suspension of the tours in early March, and the Western and Southern Open last month.

The International Tennis Federation - the world governing body that conducts the vast majority of tests in the sport - has also admitted that the combined totals of tests from the second and third quarter of 2020 are unlikely to match the 1,935 samples collected in the first quarter...

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