2/26/13 2:08 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer takes on a more conservative approach to Rafael Nadal's suggestions about releasing results of drug testing.
While he agrees with rival Rafael Nadal that tennis drug testing should be tough, fair and regular, Roger Federer has trouble reading all of the logic of the latest proposal from the Spaniard who is working on a tennis comeback after more than half a year out of the game with injury.
The outspoken Nadal, who has been apparently hit hard by allegations in recent months that Spanish sport of all stripes might not be totally clean, has proposed that drug testing results be revealed on a rolling basis, perhaps as often as once per week.
That way, the No. 5 thinks, fans might have some kind of reassurance about tennis.
Federer, while not disagreeing, feels that releasing waves and waves of boring "negative' results - the wide majority of cases anyway - might just be counter-productive. "I don't think people care about tests. Nothing came up. I mean, it's a relief every time you hear about it that your test was fine," said the Swiss as he defends his title in Dubai.
"I think we only care about that one test that wasn't fine. Sure, I mean, it's an idea. I'm for transparency. I'm for aggressive tests, and I have always been like that.
"For me, it's just important that we make sure that the integrity of the game is kept where it's supposed to be and that the tour and everybody, the players, everybody, has to agree and that we should be trying to do that. I think there is a big sense of urgency that we make sure that our sport stays as clean as possible. It's very important."
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