Anti-Doping



Frequently Asked Questions about Anti-Doping


1) I need medication - what should I do?

Any player taking medication should first consult the WADA Prohibited 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. Where necessary, you should seek advice from the email helpline operated by IDTM on behalf of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (tennis@idtm.se), your National Anti-Doping Organisation, your National Governing Body and/or your National Olympic or Paralympic Committee. Remember: 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 Prohibited List?
If your medication is on the Prohibited List, then you should ask your physician to 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'. You are strongly advised not to take any prohibited substance prior to a TUE being granted (unless the use of that substance meets the requirements for a retroactive TUE (see below). TUEs may also be granted by National Anti-Doping Organisations, but only for national-level events. If you have a TUE granted by your National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) that you wish to have recognised by the ITF for the purposes of the Programme, you should apply to the TUE Committee for recognition of the TUE (c/o the Anti-Doping Programme Administrator), in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 7 of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

3) What happens if I take medication, which is mentioned on the prohibited list but have not filled out a TUE form?
Players may apply for a retroactive TUE in certain circumstances. These requirements are set out in the International Standard for TUEs. In short, a player may only be granted retroactive approval if:

a. Emergency treatment or treatment of an acute medical condition was necessary; or

b. Due to other exceptional circumstances, there was insufficient time or opportunity for the Athlete to submit, or for the TUEC to consider, an application for the TUE prior to Sample collection; or

c. The applicable rules required the Athlete (see comment to Article 5.1) or permitted the Athlete (see Code Article 4.4.5) to apply for a retroactive TUE; or

d. It is agreed, by WADA and by the Anti-Doping Organization to whom the application for a retroactive TUE is or would be made, that fairness requires the grant of a retroactive TUE.

4) Who should fill out the TUE form?
It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that a TUE form is completed correctly. The player’s physician must ensure that all of the relevant documentation that supports the TUE application is provided.

5) Does the prohibited list change?
The Prohibited List normally changes on 1 January each year, which are normally published in December. However, changes may be made at other times, in which a notice will be issued by the ITF and WADA.

6) What is the status of supplements and energy drinks/product?
Advice on these can be found on the ITF's Anti-Doping website. Alternatively, contact the 24-hour helpline.

7) Who can be tested at tournaments?
Any player who is entered in an event may be required to provide a sample.

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 any other location).


International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM)
Telephone: +46 8 555 109 99
Fax: +46 8 555 109 95
Email: tennis@idtm.se


- 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.