LONDON – Scottish tennis player Andy Murray said he is willing to earn less prize money if those funds are being used to combat doping practices in tennis.
NDJ World | Published: Feb 06 2013 Sports
The number 3 ranked tennis player in the world, made that statement during a promo-event leading up to the grass tournament in Queens, New York.
“Maybe the ATP should use some of our money and invest it in driving up the number of doping tests,” Murray said.
The response comes to a discovery that in the tennis world very few athletes are ever caught doping because very few anti-doping tests are being conducted.
Figures retrieved from the International Tennis Foundation (ITF) shows that in 2011 only 21 blood tests for doping were conducted.
“If that means that we the players earn a bit less, well so be it. Not just tennis but every sport should be busy with this,” Murray said.
25 year old Andy Murray says that a number of lessons can be taken from Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal.
“Something like that should never happen again in sports,” according to Murray.
He added: “I too have been getting a lot of questions the last few days if tennis is ‘clean’. I really don’t know. How do you determine if a sport is clean or not? If only one player out of one hundred gets caught doping then, in my book, that sport isn’t clean anymore.”
The ATP has thus far not responded to Andy Murray’s remarks.
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