02 Jun 2017

Enhancements to the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme From May 2017

News Article

Tennis Anti-Doping Programme

From 1 May 2017, several enhancements to the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") came into effect, the aims of which are to increase its breadth, effectiveness and overall quality. The main enhancements comprise:

- An increase in the number of samples collected.
- More events at which samples will be collected.
- Strengthening of the sample storage policy. 

What will this mean to players in practical terms?

There are three main implications of the enhancements:

1. Players should experience more In-Competition testing. The amount of testing during events will increase by 60% and testing will take place at around double the current number of events.

2. More players will be subject to Out-of-Competition testing. The International Registered Testing Pool (“IRTP”), which includes players who are required to provide whereabouts, will be increased by around 30%. The amount of Out-of-Competition testing on IRTP players will increase by around 60%.

3. More samples will be stored and subsequently reanalysed. A significant number of samples will be placed into long-term storage for the purposes of reanalysis (e.g. when more sensitive analysis techniques become available, or when new tests for prohibited substances are devised, or where intelligence indicates that reanalysis for specific substances is necessary). 

Other changes
The existing Therapeutic Use Exemption (“TUE”) administration system is also being revised in response to player feedback. Once complete, the new system will be web-based, and aims to provide a more secure system, automate some parts of the application and review process and provide more information about the status of applications. More information will be provided on these changes in the coming months. 

Why are these changes being made?
The Programme aims to protect the integrity of tennis and the health and rights of players. Players have a right to clean competition, and these enhancements will help ensure that this is the case.

For further information about the Programme, go to the ITF anti-doping website at www.itftennis.com/antidoping. General questions about the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme can be sent to the ITF at anti-doping@itftennis.com.