World number 4 Andy Murray thinks that the tightened anti doping rules of the ATP are disproportionate.
„Those new rules are so draconian that they make it impossible to live a normal life, “the Scotsman told the English newspaper “The Times”.
The ATP took over rules from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), that obligate players to inform Officials throughout the year of their current location so as to be reachable at all times. Murray thinks this goes too far.
Under WADA’s ruling, athletes must report where they are for one hour of each day for the whole year so that investigators can call at any time, unannounced. Anyone who misses three tests in an 18-month period could be suspended for up to two years.
Meanwhile Federer defends the new strict rules: “You’re not going to catch them by ringing up and saying, ‘Look, I’d like to test you maybe in two days.’”
He went on: “It’s a tough system and a significant change to what we were used to before, so I think it takes some getting used to it, but this is how you’re going to catch them. It is an hour a day. I know it’s a pain, but I would like it to be a clean sport, so I’m OK with it.”
The reason why Murray is so upset is because he said that he was visited at 7 o’clock one morning last week, a few hours after he had arrived home from his fourth-round defeat in Melbourne. “The official insisted on watching me provide the sample, literally with my trousers around my ankles, and then insisted I wrote down my home address, even though he was at my private home at 7am,” he said. “The new rules are draconian.”
Rafael Nadal, the world No1 and new Australian Open champion also offered his vociferous opposition on last Thursday.