Nadal asks ITF to publicise drug test results
Rafael Nadal has written a personal letter to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) asking for all of his drug test results to be made public, reports theguardian.com.
Nadal took legal action on Monday against the former French government minister, Roselyne Bachelot, who claimed the world No5’s seven-month injury lay-off in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”
The ITF confirmed yesterday its receipt of Nadal’s letter, which stated that the Spaniard has never failed a drugs test and said he is free to make public his anti-doping records, to which he has full access.
It is understood Nadal feels disappointed by a perceived lack of support from tennis authorities, whom he believes should be more proactive in defending the game’s clean athletes.
In excerpts from his letter to the ITF president, David Haggerty, Nadal wrote: “It can’t be free anymore in our tennis world to speak and to accuse without evidence.
“Please make all my information public, please make public my biological passport and my complete history of anti-doping controls and tests. From now on I ask you to communicate when I am tested, and the results, as soon as they are ready from your labs.”
In a statement, the ITF responded that Nadal was free to make public his own test results.
The statement read: “The ITF has received a letter from Rafael Nadal that includes a request to release his personal test results under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme [TADP].
“The ITF can confirm that Mr. Nadal has never failed a test under the TADP and has not been suspended at any time for an anti-doping rule violation [or for any other reason related to the TADP].
“Mr. Nadal, as all other players who are subject to the TADP, has access to his anti-doping records through Wada’s Adams database and is free to make them available. The accuracy of any such release would be verified by the ITF.”