Serena Williams returned to tennis in February after a yr out, throughout which she gave start to her first childSerena Williams says she is a sufferer of “discrimination” as she is essentially the most drug examined American tennis participant. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion made the declare in a tweet on Tuesday, after doping officers visited her. The American had beforehand expressed frustration concerning the quantity of her exams earlier this month. “Out of all of the gamers it has been confirmed I am the one getting examined essentially the most. Discrimination? I feel so,” stated the 36-year-old. An article printed by web site Deadspin in June revealed that Williams had been examined out of competitors by the US Anti-Doping Company (Usada) on 5 events in 2018. It additionally claimed the participant was not current when Usada officers visited her residence on 14 June – Williams acknowledged that the tester confirmed up 12 hours sooner than the agreed time. It was ultimately marked as a “missed check” – three of these would end in a Usada doping violation. On the time of publication of the Deadspin article, Williams had been examined greater than twice as many instances as different prime American gamers – male or feminine – together with US Open champion Sloane Stephens (one) and sister and a number of Grand Slam winner Venus Williams (two). Williams was requested concerning the findings of the report throughout Wimbledon earlier this summer season. “I by no means knew that I used to be examined a lot greater than everybody else,” stated the seven-time champion, who misplaced to German Angelique Kerber within the ultimate. “Till I learn that article I did not realise it was such a discrepancy with me in addition to towards the opposite gamers that they listed, not less than the American gamers – each female and male.” BBC Sport has contacted Usada for a response to Williams’ tweet.
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