Roger Federer reveals SHOCKING number of times he’s been tested last month

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 | 0

20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has revealed he has been tested for drugs as many as seven times in the last month.

And even as he slammed the ‘inconsistency’ in the drug-testing procedure, the Swiss maestro reckoned there will never be enough drug tests.

“I mean, if they rock up 10 times a day, it gets rough,” Federer said during pre-Wimbledon press conference.

“I’ve had a lot of testing the last month. I think I’ve had seven tests. It’s been quite heavy. Also blood and urine. Two in Stuttgart, in Halle.

“In the village I live in in Switzerland, the tester lives in the same village, so it’s very convenient. It’s very convenient. If he’s bored at home, he probably just says, ‘Let me check in on Roger to see if he’s having a good time’. Anyway, it’s only going to take 10 minutes, whatever.

“I’ve been tested quite a bit, quite frequently out of competition. I mentioned many times in Dubai I’ve hardly ever been tested, which has been quite disappointing. To honest, in the 15 years I’ve been there, it’s been one test.

“I think it varies from place to place that you spend your time in. Maybe that’s the part I don’t like so much: the inconsistency of the places where they test.

“I don’t believe there’s ever going to be enough testing. What’s important is these people are professional, they know what they’re doing, they treat you like humans, not like criminals. Then it’s okay. But I understand the frustration sometimes. I have it, too.”

Federer’s comments come after Serena Williams complained of being tested ‘more than every one else’. According to reports, the American has been tested more than five times so far this year.

Meanwhile, Federer began his title defence with a facile 6-1 6-3 6-4 win over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic on Monday. He will lock horns with Lukas Lacko of Slovakia next.

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