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2005 Jan 05 - Rusedski blasts ATP supplements

Greg Rusedski took a swipe at the ATP's inability to provide non-contaminated supplements before the start of the new season.

Greg said:

"I tried to order some but didn't receive any and I haven't got any yet.

"You would think they would have been available in December as it can take two months for the body to respond.

"This event comes in the hottest period of the year, so you would hope the stuff would be available for it."

ATP Vice President David Higdon responded:

"I agree with Greg. I would have loved to have had these things available as soon as possible but it's a lot of work to make sure they have gone through rigorous testing.

"The reality is though that the first two weeks of the tour are spread far and wide and part of the distribution agreement we had with GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) has an education component.

"We weren't going to just drop these products out there without having a talk with the players about understanding how to use them.

"The first chance we will get to do that is at the players meeting on the Saturday before the Australian Open."

As far as Greg is concerned the new supplements can't be introduced soon enough. His career was almost ended prematurely when his sample taken at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, USA in July 2003 tested positive for nandrolone. He was finally cleared of all charges in March 2004 following an ATP tribunal which proved the ATP had been supplying contaminated supplements to numerous players on the tour.

Greg added:

"The good thing is that there is now a 100% guarantee, so hopefully all this will never happen again.

"Hopefully after the Australian Open we won't have to discuss this any more."

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