John Isner Says He Led The Tour In Getting Drug Tested At Home Last Year, And It Was “Brutal”
by Tom Gainey | March 14th, 2016, 1:34 pm
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With drugs the unfortunate topic in tennis these days, John Isner was asked in press about the amount of testing in the sport, and he said he got tested at home (out of compeition) more than anyone.

“We all get tested a lot,” Isner said Sunday. “I know I do. I think I led the league last year in like home tests or something. They ring my doorbell at 6:00 a.m. It’s brutal. It’s good for the sport that they are always checking up on us. Our team got checked in Davis Cup as well at 6:00 a.m. we had some good bonding in the testing room there at our hotel.

“Each player that’s in the drug testing pool has to give one hour where they know they will be home. When I’m home in Florida I know I’m going to be sleeping between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m., so if I hear the doorbell come I got to take the test. I think the rule is if they come outside that hour and I am not home — obviously if it’s 2:00 in the afternoon and I’m out doing something, I can’t get in trouble if I’m not there.”

Isner also commented on the Maria Sharapova scandal saying he hopes the Russian isn’t out for too long.

“It seems to me it was an unfortunate situation for her. You know, she admitted her mistake and, you know, it’s a tough pill to swallow for, you know, tennis in general because she’s such a huge draw and especially on the women’s side. So, you know, hopefully, you know, I would hope that she doesn’t get a four-year ban. That could be extremely detrimental. We will see what happens. Tennis is a lot better when she’s around.”

Isner is in doubles later today with partner Milos Raonic. He’s back in singles tomorrow against Adrian Mannarino.

The American made the Indian Wells finals in 2012 and the semifinals in 2014.


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6 Comments for John Isner Says He Led The Tour In Getting Drug Tested At Home Last Year, And It Was “Brutal”

Ben Pronin Says:

“you know, it’s a tough pill to swallow for, you know, tennis in general”

Heh.

I guess the other big question is if players get any kind of heads up prior to a test. I know it’s supposed to be random, but is it really?


Margot Says:

Ben, don’t think they do, would it maatter anyway unless they get like a four week warning, as drugs stay in the system don’t they?
Andy has said he gets no warning, also said he hasn’t been tested enough this year! Only twice I think.


Ben Pronin Says:

Margot, you think these guys would take something that would last 4 weeks? They wouldn’t even take something that would stay in the system for 4 days. So yeah, it matters big time.


Ben Pronin Says:

Margot, you think these guys would take something that would last 4 weeks? They wouldn’t even take something that would stay in the system for 4 days. So yeah, it matters big time.


AndyMira Says:

For such a big and tough and rarely smile guy,john sure does have a big heart inside,while majority of people whether here or outside were very harsh on Maria,john proved he’s the opposite of that..i respect him even more now..


Margot Says:

Lol Ben I heard you the first time!


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