One of the best tennis players of all time Pete Sampras thinks that the sport he dominated for 14 years is free of performance enhancing drugs now and even when he used to play as a professional. All sportsmen including tennis players are seen from the eye of suspect since Lance Armstrong confessed in last January that he used performance enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.
Christopher Rochus, who is a retired professional player from Belgium, blamed top tennis players of using performance enhancing drugs. The Belgian thought that a human cannot manage to play six hour long matches on consecutive days.
However, the former world number one Sampras believes that doping is not in the culture of tennis players. It is pertinent to note that tennis players are drug tested often without prior warning. They have to inform the officials of their location all the time so that they can be tested any time and anywhere.
Sampras stated, "It's just my feeling. I don't think players are that sophisticated in tennis. It’s not their culture. I don't think it's in their nature." International Tennis Federation banned Czech Republic’s Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for six months after it was proved that she used performance enhancing substances.
The 124th ranked player was found using sibutramine last year. Strycova said in her defence that she did not use the drug intentionally as it entered her body through a supplement. The 14-time Grand Slam winner Sampras admitted that some low ranked tennis players have been caught doping in the past but top players do not do the same.
He added, “It’s a random case here or there. I don’t see the top guys messing around with that. Maybe I’m naive.”