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The Hitch said:Nadal is much much much fitter than all his competitors, and the commentators put this down to him training harder. (now where have i heard this excuse used to defend those who are doping)
He looked old for an 18 year old when he burst onto the scene.
People have been caught in the lower levels, which suggests people are doping in the higher levels, and if anyone is doping nadal fits the bill.
Drug tests are infrequent and very easy to get around in tennis
spectacle said:[...]i wouldn't bet against rafa doping. he's conveniently taking 6 weeks off to make sure he is "super fit" for the US open.
spectacle said:[...]some of us think that the ATP gave nadal the little drug talk last year and that was why he developed a mysterious knee ailment that ruined the later half of his 2009 and beginning of his 2010. and they have him on short leash this year: he was fined for coaching during wimbeldon and called for time, which almost never happens to the stars.
Are you serious? You think it's more likely that it was someone who retired in 2005 at 39, and who played a sport and a position where performance enhancing drugs don't give that much of a boost compared to tennis? That's more likely than the hypothesis that it was one of the most physical players in the ATP, who was just beginning to dominate the sport?His uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, used to play for Barcelona and later Mayorca, was most likely the one named in the report, as one or two players from that Barcelona team tested positive for nandrolone at one point or another (including Guardiola, who is now the coach).
I can't really blame him. Spain brings it on herself with this kind of doping denial and reluctance to go after big-name alleged cheats.Oleeeeee!
Spreading a little demagogy I see.
hrotha said:Are you serious? You think it's more likely that it was someone who retired in 2005 at 39?
and who played a sport and a position where performance enhancing drugs don't give that much of a boost compared to tennis? That
Disagree. Even in tennis, you can only put your racket control to good use if you reach the ball comfortably. For that, you need to remain fast throughout the whole game. Endurance and speed. Hmm.What??? PED's are far far far more helpful in football. Speed and strenght are probably the most important qualities in football, more important these days than skill, and endurance is also an important quality. In tennis on the other hand, racket control and skill are the main qualities and speed and strenght only come into play when players are similar in skill and racket control.
doublestandard said:Having followed Rafa's career in detail for over 5 years I can positively say you tools know nothing about Rafa!!
You are making complete fools of yourselves about Rafa. And I don't care to take the time to educate the ignorant.
Your misinformation about Rafa is almost making me doubt anything I read in here about cycling's drug problem.
If this complete BS about Rafa is any indication about how little you really know about cycling's drug history then maybe I should stop reading The Clinic.
Why don't you just stick with the sport you think you know so much about?
hrotha said:Disagree. Even in tennis, you can only put your racket control to good use if you reach the ball comfortably. For that, you need to remain fast throughout the whole game. Endurance and speed. Hmm.
Mellow Velo said:Uuumm, now let me see.
First name out of the OP hat, Nadal.
The ATP said: "Drugs? we have no stinkeen drugs in tennis.........go away, so they did.
Loss of form in 2006 (injury of course)
Biggest critic of the "on demand" drug test? Now let me think.
5th set superman.
Other than that, clean as a whistle.