Murray Slams ATP for Drug Testing After Illness

Posted on March 21, 2009

Andy Murray will take on Roger Federer on Saturday in the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Murray, however, entered the 1-1/2 week event coming off an illness that left him bedridden.

During that time, Murray says he was afraid to take any medication, not only due to the ATP's stringent drug testing, but according to Murray, due to the tour's failure to educate its players.

"At least on the women's tour they are basically guaranteeing players are going to be safe," Murray told the British media. "We don't have anything like that on the men's tour. Everybody gets sick and we need to have some sort of protection. We must be able to take things that are OK. That is something I really do think the tour could help with."

Fighting a viral infection that he feared might be mono, Murray was frightened of taking any medication for fear of a positive drug test.

"I was scared to take anything -- I was literally feeling like I was dying in bed a few weeks ago and all I could take was paracetamol," Murray said. "There's not one thing in our sport that anyone will guarantee is safe to take."

The women's tour has a nutritional company, USANA Health Services, providing supplements to WTA players that are guaranteed safe.