Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal has written to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) urging them to go public with details of all of his drug test results.
The 29-year-old former world no 1 has never failed a test but has been the subject of veiled accusations, forcing him to file a suit against former French government minister Roselyne Bachelot who claimed his seven-month lay-off in 2012 was “probably due to a doping test”.
In the letter to ITF president David Haggerty on Tuesday, Nadal said: “It can’t be free anymore in our tennis world to speak and to accuse without evidence.
“Please make all my information public, please make public my biological passport and my complete history of anti-doping controls and tests.
“From now on I ask you to communicate when I am tested, and the results, as soon as they are ready from your labs.”
Bachelot, a French Sports Minister between 2007 and 2010, made the claims in the wake of Maria Sharapova’s stunning failed drugs test at the Australian Open which rocked tennis.
World no 2 Andy Murray also stoked the flames of the doping debate by admitting he had become suspicious of opponents who “don’t seem to be getting tired”, for which he’s been roundly criticised.
In a related development, Wimbledon chiefs have confirmed they will ramp up their anti-doping and anti-corruption measures for the 2016 tournament even as the prize money for winning the singles hits the £2m mark for the first time £120,000 more than Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams earned last year.