In a Rare Moment, a Young Rafael Nadal Lashed Out at the Stringent Anti-doping Rules by the ATP: ‘A High Price to Pay…’

Published 08/29/2022, 11:42 AM EDT

Spanish tennis legend, Rafael Nadal, is currently the most successful tennis player of all time. The 36-year-old has won 22 Grand Slam titles with two coming this year. The legend is also quite popular for his honesty and integrity in his profession. Time and again he has spoken about keeping the game clean and supporting anti-doping programs.

However, once the Spaniard was really annoyed and spoke against the scheduling of doping tests. Here’s what happened.

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When Nadal complained about the doping rules

Back in 2009, the World Anti-Doping Agency rules demanded players let drug testers know their whereabouts for a period of one hour every day of the week. Nadal was not happy with it as he once had to give away his personal time for the tests. “I was with my friends. Then I had a bath and my mother called me. She told me the guys were in my house in Madrid. It was my only free evening. I have to take this anti-doping control,” Nadal said. Further, world number 3 added, “I don’t think this is a right thing to do. It’s wrong. It’s a high price to pay to practice your sport, to play tennis.”

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However, the Spaniard claimed that he wanted tennis to be clean but certainly was not happy with the scheduling. “I want tennis to be as clean as possible, of course. This is crystal clear. But there’s room for maneuvering. You see, there’s a certain type of leeway,” Nadal said.

Rafael Nadal all set to begin his US Open campaign

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After an unfortunate injury ruled out Nadal’s chances to complete a calendar Grand Slam, the 36-year-old will look forward to claiming the last Grand Slam of the year. Notably, the 36-year-old sustained an abdominal muscle pull that had him pull out of the Wimbledon semifinal.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the men’s singles final against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Yves Herman

The legend returned recently to action playing in the Cincinnati Masters. However, he suffered a first-round loss against the eventual champion, Borna Coric.

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While there are still concerns about his fitness, Nadal will go in as the favorite to win the US Open. It will be interesting to see if he can claim his third Grand Slam title of the year.

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Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar

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