(November 7, 2013) LONDON – After Roger Federer notched his first win at the ATP World Tour Finals over Richard Gasquet on Thursday, the Swiss was asked about his view in regard to Viktor Troicki case.
On Tuesday Novak Djokovic read a more than 1000-word statement in press to support his friend and fellow Serbian Viktor Trocki whose doping ban was reduced from 18 to 12 months. Djokovic denounced the Court of Arbitration for Sport for not repealing the suspension for doping violations. Troicki was suspended back in July for not giving a blood sample at the Monte Carlo Masters. Troicki said the tester said he could give blood the following day. The tester denied this later but the International Tennis Federation supported what the tester said.
Federer said that there was no excuse for Troicki to miss the test.
“I do believe that when you are requested for a sample, you have to give the sample,” Federer said. “It doesn’t matter how bad you feel. I’m sorry.
“Like the test the next day for me is not a test anymore because what could have happened overnight, you know. I don’t believe anything. I believe whatever they decided on. I think it’s just very important to give the sample when you’re requested to give it because there you are in front of them and there is no way to escape anymore. That’s where we just need to be extremely firm, I believe.”
“I just feel like we’re not getting maybe tested enough,” claimed the Swiss. “I didn’t get tested in Basel, I don’t think. I didn’t get tested in Paris, I don’t think. I got tested here after the first match. I just feel like there needs to be more testing done. I know the budgets can be small sometimes, all these things. I had out‑of‑competition testing before Basel.
“I just feel like I used to get tested more, I felt. I think I was tested 25 times in 2003, 2004. Ever since, I think it’s been clearly going down this season.”
The 17-time major winner said that overall he trusts the testing system.
“I think they’re all very professional. I just think it’s very important that they treat us like normal human beings, not criminals. It’s fine to treat a guy bad if the guy tested positive, the guy needs to feel the pain, but not if you haven’t done anything yet. That, to me, seems like that’s the case. So I appreciate that.”