Nadal and Federer agree on making doping tests public

by: Matt Cronin February 28, 2013

Rafael Nadal says he agrees with Roger Federer’s stance that results of doping tests should be made public.

“I’m glad we agree on this, it’s important,” Nadal told reporters in Acapulco.

Two weeks ago in Chile, the Spaniard also said most fans don’t know how many tests players do or do not undergo.

When told of Nadal’s comments in Dubai, Federer reiterated that he was all for transparency.

“I’m for aggressive tests, and I have always been like that,” he said. “For me, it’s just important that we make sure that the integrity of the game is kept where it’s supposed to be and that the tour and everybody, the players, has to agree and that we should be trying to do that. There is a big sense of urgency that we make sure that our sport stays as clean as possible. It’s very important.”

Nadal said that the public’s perception of tennis players does matter.

“That’s what I would do with all the hype that has arisen around the [Lance] Armstrong case,” he said. “It’s necessary for us all to make an effort for sport to be transparent and very clean, because there are very few doping cases.”

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