Adding further fuel on the already-smoldering doping fire, Wimbledon junior champion Gianluigi Quinzi told an Italian media outlet that he wonders why top stars like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer never get caught for violating the tennis anti-doping rules. He also question the ability of Novak Djokovic to recover so quickly after playing long matches. The Italian 17-year-old made the remarks to Sport Mediaset during an interview released yesterday.
“Doping in tennis? When you see players such as Djokovic play 5 long sets and then walk back onto the court the next day and play with the same intensity as the day before, it’s difficult to not think the worst,” the 17-year-old was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’m not saying that Nole or certain other tennis stars make use of doping. I don’t know. But you do start to question things when you see certain recoveries.”
He went on say, “Just look at Nadal and Federer. I never see them getting caught, while some 30-40 around the world are. I believe that on the tennis circuit everyone has to be treated in the same way when it comes to doping. Even if your name is Nadal or Federer. If they have to pull them up, then they have to pull them up. It’s not as if it would be the end of tennis were they to be pulled up. I don’t know whether they or anyone else make use of doping, but in my opinion everyone has to be treated the same way.”
If Quinzi was hoping to make friends on the tour, especially with the top players, this wasn’t the way to do it. The teen is currently ranked a career-high No. 384 this week on the ATP computer and No. 3 in the ITF juniors.
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