TENNIS chiefs have bowed to pressure from leading players including Britain’s Andy Murray and approved the introduction of biological passports in a bid to clamp down on doping.
The passports, which are already in use in other sports such as cycling, contain a reading of a player’s normal biological levels, thus making the use of any banned substances easier to detect.
Last year the International Tennis Federation, which runs the sport’s anti-doping programme, conducted 2,185 tests, of which only 187 were blood tests, which are considered more useful than urine samples.
Murray last month challenged the sport’s governing bodies to restore faith in the game by reinforcing anti-doping policy with increased blood testing and the implementation of biological passports.
He said: “If one in 100 players is doping then in my eyes that isn’t a clean sport and we need to do everything we can to ensure that everyone competing at the highest level, and below, is clean.”
The ITF rubber-stamped the move yesterday after a meeting of representatives from the men’s and women’s main tours, grand slam organisers and the ITF itself.