Tennis Stars, Serena Williams and Roger Federer have both described their treatment by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as shocking when asked about the news that they had not been home for an out-of-competition test. Serena Williams who is a seven-times Wimbledon champion was out when an anti-doping official arrived at her house at 8.30am on June 14, twelve hours outside the allotted daily window she had previously agreed on her athlete whereabouts form.
There is no suggestion Williams did anything wrong and it was not registered as a ‘missed test’ but the American was clearly frustrated by the situation as she held her pre-Wimbledon news conference on Sunday.
It also came to light that the 23-times Grand Slam champion had already been tested five times by USADA this year while other American players have been tested once or not at all. When asked about Williams’s case, Roger Federer said he can “understand the frustration sometimes”. He said that had also been tested extensively out of competition but questioned the consistency of the process.