Spanish tennis academy cuts links with USPS doping doctor…after '14 to 15 years'

Luis Garcia del Moral banned from working in cycling - now tennis world targets him

by Sarah Barth   November 17, 2012  

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A leading tennis academy has barred the doctor Luis Garcia del Moral from working with its tennis stars, after the former USPS team doctor was banned from working in cycling.

The TenisVal academy in Spain has worked with Moral for '14 to 15 years', a timing that overlaps with his time working with Lance Armstong and others at USPS.

Players including Sara Errani of Italy, the losing finalist in women's singles at the 2012 French Open and former top-ranked woman Dinara Safina of Russia also consulted del Moral.

Errani said to">CTV News in September that del Moral "was the best doctor in Valencia for everything, so I have been working with him, of course."

The owner of the academy, Pancho Alvarino, told The Associated Press: "many of our players" consulted del Moral for preseason blood tests, strength tests and for injuries. He said TenisVal used the information to tailor specific training programs for each player.

If there had been any indication that del Moral was doping academy players, "I would have denounced the doctor, as well as the player," Alvarino said.

He indicated the academy has now severed the link with del Moral. "After Armstrong's news, no player from TenisVal has (had) contact or any kind of relationship with him."

Del Moral has disputed the USADA's evidence against him.

In a statement posted last month on the website of the Valencia clinic where he works, he said: "During the years that I was with the medical team of U.S. Postal I never was witness to doping organized by the team, nor of course any that I (supposedly) facilitated or promoted."

"Beyond a doubt, I have not participated in any doping ring, nor has it been proven," the statement said.


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Does this mean that the penny is starting to drop that doping may not just be a problem in cycling?

posted by SideBurn [913 posts]
17th November 2012 - 13:18


I forsee several hitherto succssful tennis players suddenly experiencing a drop on their form...

posted by mythbuster [31 posts]
17th November 2012 - 13:25


Nah, they'll probably continue to use him privately. Think back 10 years in cycling, there was still that blasé "they'll not catch me anyway" attitude. Don't see why tennis should be different.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
17th November 2012 - 13:43


I don't see what the problem is. Tennis doesn't have a drug problem. I know this, as Andy Murray said so. Nerd

Liar Liar

posted by Matt_S [227 posts]
18th November 2012 - 12:01


mythbuster wrote:
I forsee several hitherto succssful tennis players suddenly experiencing a drop on their form...

I don't - this is Spain. I think it's still not technically illegal to dope and provide doping products in Spain.

I'm sure they were careful to line up a replacement before letting him go. Why not? No one is testing and chasing the tennis players after all...

posted by Lacticlegs [124 posts]
20th November 2012 - 14:29