Tennis is like the Tour de France 1998... if the Willy Voet situation never happened. The media, public & almost entire sporting world applauds supermen performing superhuman exploits & never asks "how is this possible?".He obviously did not start doping at 35, but throughout his career.
Totally freak show that at 35 he was in better physical condition for a 5+ hour match than his 25 year old opponent.
As an Australian its well known she was struggling with life on the tour, being away from family so long and tenis being a solo sport.Ash Barty (my fav!) retires at 25 on the top of her game:
Perhaps a silent banAsh Barty (my fav!) retires at 25 on the top of her game:
I wonder how many of her endorsements are linked to how much she plays, probably give it up in a year or two.I thought at first that it might be a Henin-like situation but given that she's already stepped back from tennis a few times, it's more likely just burnout. Not that this means she's not on a program -- I'm convinced that tennis is particularly susceptible to all kinds of shenanigans like doping and match fixing -- but in her case, I don't think it's a factor. What surprises me is why Osaka doesn't follow suit and leave the game.
You can see that a lot of players get pushed into it as kids and by the time they're in their mid/late teens it's no longer fun, but they can't get off the treadmill...
Ofcourse Nadal is doped to the eyeballs. But why would the rest not be?Oh come on guys, Nadal is super clean! He would never dope!!
Recovery between long rallies is more important. Just that bit of extra freshness should make shot quality higher, which just means you perform better consistently throughout a match.Given rare doping controls in tennis it gives a lot of freedom to dope. Not just to increase aerobic capacities (needed to withstand intense rallies) but, which is maybe more important, to regenerate between long matches. Obviously top players are kinda protected from being revealed as dopers cause the federations prefer to maintain image of clean sport.