Andy Roddick won't be able to play with Mardy Fish in double at the coming US Open. The reason why the former tournament's champion didn't received the ITF's permission to play is linked to an antidoping issue.
The regulation provides for tennis players the traceability of being tested three months before the competition, and Andy obviously wasn't as he has retired years ago from professional tennis. His response has been quick: "I was really excited by the idea of playing the doubles.
Actually, I thought that probably I should have shown myself available for tests. Tennis has one of the strictier antidoping systems and this is great. In the past I've been thinking that this system was sick. There have been times I couldn't stand it anymore, but it's fair that it's like this." Andy continues: "That's why I cannot get a wildcard...
they should have been fair. In four-teen years I did hundreds of tests. I handed all the documentations needed to make it easier for them and then they played me. C'mon... I wouldn't be back to play a double if I was taking in prohibited substances..."