Annoyed Novak Djokovic rips 'shameful' move by anti-doping authorities

Djokovic wasn't happy that he was required to take a doping test just before his Davis Cup match.

by Dzevad Mesic
Annoyed Novak Djokovic rips 'shameful' move by anti-doping authorities
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Novak Djokovic ripped the WADA and anti-doping authorities after he was required to take a doping test just an hour and a half before his Davis Cup match against Cameron Norrie. On Thursday, Djokovic saw off Norrie 6-4 6-4 to complete Serbia's win over Great Britain in the Davis Cup Final 8 quarterfinal in Malaga.

After the match, Djokovic revealed that he was subjected to a doping test just before the match. Djokovic underlined that he has his own pre-match routines and ripped the anti-doping authorities' decision as "shameful." "I had a brief discussion with people from the anti-doping agency.

I didn't believe that they made such a decision, in 20 and more years of my career, it never happened to me that an hour and a half before the match I needed to go for doping control. I have my own routine, I don't need that distraction, to have my urine and blood taken, to think about whether I can give urine at that moment.

Illogical situation and decision. They told me that one of the important reasons for that decision was that it would end late, so that they would give us more time to rest, but the day of the break was... People from the anti-doping agency would not stay late, that was another reason," Djokovic told Sport Klub.

Djokovic: Shame what they did, test me but not before the match

Further addressing the situation, Djokovic highlighted that he is always ready to take a doping test. But the Serb also noted that should be happening after his matches and not before his matches. "I support testing myself or anyone - a hundred times, it's not a problem, but not before the match.

When I'm done, come, test, I didn't see any reason or logic, but it is what it is - now I'm going to draw blood, but I hope they will change such decisions. It's a shame what they did," Djokovic said.

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