In an interview Novak Djokovic's fitness trainer Marco Panichi spoke about doping in tennis. The Italian said that it's very unlikely that players take banned substances without being banned. "There are crazy drug tests.
Every day players need to tell WADA where they are. If you change your schedule you have to make a phone call or send a mail telling that you are elsewhere. If you cannot be found twice, you get a two-month ban. You have to be available every day for an hour, they usually come to your house at 6:00 AM as you are sleeping there.
But if they come and you are not there, it's tough. For a player there are 20-30 drug tests a year. One day Nadal was on a boat with his friends and the WADA officials came to his home at a non-scheduled time. He was forced to be back."
On the packed ATP calendar, Panichi added: "You play a lot, that's the only thing you can do. If you do not play, you lose rankings points. And if you are not a top ten player, you may face a seeded player in the third round rather than in the semifinals.
But once their playing days end, they are doing better physically than the footballers. John McEnroe still plays great on the senior tour." Even this year, the Italian legend Nicola Pietrangeli was in the Rome Open as an ambassador of the Italian tennis and in an exclusive interview with Tennis World USA he spoke about the Roger Federer's comeback to the Foro Italico.
He praised the Rome Open, that in the 2000s seemed to be about to switch down to an ATP 500 category. "It's the best tournament after the four Majors", said Pietrangeli.