Roger Federer rips early morning doping tests: "That hour of your life goes away"

The legendary Swiss revealed how even taking doping tests early in the morning had become something that continually took up time

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Roger Federer rips early morning doping tests: "That hour of your life goes away"
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Anti-doping tests are a bastion of regularity in sports competitions but can often cause discomfort in athletes, who have to waste a lot of time in order to be tested. Roger Federer, for example, has been tested many times in his career and, like him, all the other top players. Drug tests are often done early in the morning, such as 7:00 am; it would certainly be an inconvenience for anyone, especially because these checks arrive unexpectedly and at inconvenient times.

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The Swiss Maestro talked about it in a recent interview with People, explaining how, now that he has retired, his doorbell will no longer ring at 7:00 in the morning to wake him up for doping tests which, in the end, they had become rather cumbersome in the already busy life of the Swiss champion.

"We have to do drug tests all the time, and let's set aside an hour out of our day. And they would come every day, so you would wake up and know in the back of your mind that someone is going to come to test you on your pockets, and so that hour of the your life goes away. So now it's like, finally, no one's going to ring the bell at 7 in the morning to come and test me. All those little things like that, they piled up and eventually became pretty big things what you don't see about being a professional and what may not seem like work is actually a lot of work is obviously the constant media, but also the drug tests," he explained.

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Meanwhile, in an interview with the BBC, Federer talked about Andy Murray's possible retirement at Wimbledon.
The Swiss expanded his discussion by also extending it to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The 20-time Slam champion, as a fan, hopes that the three can play for as long as possible.

"We're talking about something deeply personal. Only the person concerned and people close to him can give advice. The moment you make a decision like that, everyone is in a completely different circumstance: family-wise, life-wise, body-wise, or mind-wise. I hope that Andy, as well as Novak and Rafa, can continue playing tennis forever. As a fan and enthusiast, I think so. Obviously that time will come, it's clear, but I hope to always see them on the pitch because the Tour is a better place with them and not without them," he told.

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