Frequently Asked Questions about Anti-Doping
1) I need medication - what should I do?
Any player taking medication should first consult the banned substances list on the ITF's Anti-Doping website under 'Rules' to check whether your medication is on the list. Always make sure your personal doctor is aware that you are an elite athlete subject to anti-doping rules. Also seek advice from your National Governing Body or your National Olympic or Paralympic Committee, and check with your National Anti-Doping Organisation. Please remember that the responsibility for what you put in your body is yours and yours alone, so take advice from as many different credible sources as you can in order to be certain.
2) What happens if my medication is on the list?
If your medication is on the list, then you should fill out a Therapeutic Use Exemption form (TUE) and send this to International Doping Tests and Management (IDTM) on the details at the bottom of the page. All TUE forms can be found on the ITF's Anti-Doping website under 'Rules'. TUE forms can also be sourced and completed with your National Anti-Doping Organisation. On approval, the National Anti-Doping Organisation will automatically inform the ITF. Please note that a TUE must be received before the medication can be taken.
3) What happens if I take medication, which is mentioned on the banned list but have not filled out a TUE form?
In accordance with the WADA Code that has been adopted by all sports, “an application for a TUE will not be considered for retroactive approval except in cases where emergency treatment of an acute medical condition was necessary or due to exceptional circumstances there was insufficient time or opportunity for an applicant to submit a TUE”. These standards are very high. Consequently it is likely that unless this standard can be met that a Doping Offence will be found to have been committed and a sanction and penalty imposed against you.
4) Who should fill out the TUE form, the player or the member nation?
It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that a TUE form is completed correctly.
5) Does the list change?
The prohibited list can change for every year starting on 1 January. Please check the website in December to see if there are any changes. It is possible that the list could change during the course of a year, but it must be considered unlikely and there will be considerable publicity of such a change should this occur.
6) Are all supplements (e.g. vitamins, minerals, etc) on the banned list?
Advice on supplements can be found on the ITF's Anti-Doping website.
7) Who can be tested at tournaments?
Any players in any draw can be asked to attend a test.
8) When can I be tested?
Players can be tested anytime anywhere, either in-competition at any ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour event, as well as the BNP Paribas World Team Cup and Paralympic Games, or out of competition at home, in a hotel or at a training facility.
International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM)
Telephone: +46 8 555 109 99
Fax: +46 8 555 109 95
- Please make sure that if you take medication, and are not sure as to whether you are required to complete a TUE form, that you contact your NGB or NOC and NADO to ask for advice.
- Please ensure that the form is sent to IDTM at the correct address.
- Keep up to date with all the latest anti-doping information by checking the ITF's Anti-Doping website: http://www.itftennis.com/antidoping/
- Both completing a TUE form and keeping up to date with the list of banned substances is exclusively the player's responsibility.