Tennis star Serena Williams hopped on a bike yesterday to beat a traffic jam in Miami and ensure she wouldn’t miss her match in the Miami Masters at Key Biscayne.
The 31-year-old, who is aiming to move ahead of Steffi Graff as the most successful player in the tournament’s history – each has five titles – said afterwards: "Riding to the match was probably one of my best memories ever," reports the BBC.
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.
Andy Murray famously said, and then of course famously retracted, that the Tour de France was 'just science,' and "with tennis, you can't teach the skill by taking a drug." Well, that's not what Pat Cash thinks.
In a candid interview, Cash said that the sport was clean, but that it would be ideally suited to dopers.
Tennis star Andy Murray has admitted that he was wrong last week to state that there is “very little skill involved in the Tour de France.” The Olympic and US Open men’s single champion had made the claim at a press conference ahead of the Paribas Paris Masters tournament after calling for drug testing to be stepped up in tennis.
Andy Murray, the world number three ranked tennis player, says his sport needs to step up its anti-doping efforts including out-of-competition testing – but maintains that tennis differs from cycling in being primarily focused on the skill of the athlete, something he believes doesn’t apply in cycling, which he claims is more about physical attributes.
The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), John Fahey, has claimed that athletes using banned substances such as human growth hormone (HGH) are “getting away with it” due to insufficient use of blood testing. He singled out cycling as a sport that was taking serious measures to catch dopers due to the extent of testing taking place, although the inference to be drawn is that some other sports lag well behind.
While the eyes of the cycling world have been on the Tour Down Under in Adelaide over the past week, those eyes of the country’s bicycle thieves have been on another high-profile sporting event taking place there, the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne.