Thursday 24 May 2018

Murray doping accusations 'totally out of order' - Becker

Boris Becker, coach of Novak Djokovic. Photo: Reuters
Boris Becker, coach of Novak Djokovic. Photo: Reuters Newsdesk Newsdesk

Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker has criticised Andy Murray for airing his suspicions that some of his opponents may have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Murray, ranked No 2 in the world behind Djokovic, has been outspoken on drug use in the sport in recent weeks and welcomed the ban imposed on Russia's Maria Sharapova following her failed test for meldonium at the Australian Open.

The Scot, who was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-final on Saturday, has also talked of being suspicious of opponents who he thought were not getting tired in matches.

And Becker, a six-time Grand Slam winner, has accused Murray of being "out of order".

Speaking at the Laureus World Sport Awards, the German stated: "We have random drug-testing and unless it's proven, they are 100pc innocent.

"So to assume something because somebody has won a grand slam or is fitter is totally out of order.

"Andy is one of the fittest players on the tour - he often outlasts players and nobody is questioning his ethics. I believe 100pc Andy is clean. Roger (Federer) is clean, Rafa is clean, all these guys are clean.

"Novak gets tested a lot. That can mean twice in a Grand Slam."

Murray had said: "I have played against players and thought, 'They won't go away' or 'They don't seem to be getting tired'.

"Have I ever been suspicious of someone? Yeah. You hear things.

"It's harder to tell in our sport as people can make big improvements to a stroke or start serving better because they have made technical changes.

"If it's purely physical and you're watching someone playing six-hour matches over and over and showing no signs of being tired, you'd look at that."

Irish Independent

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