3/8/13 12:16 AM | Johan Lindahl
Players will soon find themselves the more frequent targets of anti-doping blood tests after adaptation of biological passports sometime in 2013.
Leading players including Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have been voicing support for the concept to insure that the sport remains clean from cheating. The passport lays down a statistical baseline of a player's blood composition and other factors.
Future test results can be compared to the baseline profile to sniff out anomalies which might be an indication of illegal substance use.
The announcement came after a meeting of the Tennis Anti-Doping Program working group, a body comprising representatives from the ITF, ATP, WTA and the four Grand Slam events.
"The ATP has always rigorously supported the Tennis Anti-Doping Program and believes that the move toward the Athlete Biological Passport is the appropriate step for tennis at this time," said ATP boss Brad Drewett in a statement.
"The players have been clear that they support increased investment in anti-doping and we feel that this is the most effective way to show the world that tennis is a clean sport."
Players can expect to be blood tested much more frequently as the programme gets started sometime before the end of the year, officials said. Increased funding for the initiative has also been recommended.
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