Novak Djokovic’s father may quit as tennis drug controversy rages

Novak Djokovic’s father told Associated Press he is unsure whether his son will compete in the Australian Open next month after his Serbian compatriot Novak Kyrgios surprisingly faced doping charges by the Tennis Integrity Unit in Adelaide on Friday night. A fallout of the ATP Tour’s decision to require players to take the men’s reproductive health medicine G-CSF as a preventative measure for potential side effects of a rotator cuff injury immediately after reaching a high ranking, has split the locker room as some players seek a showdown in court and others remain reluctant to take the drugs. “I think that all players are very confused about this,” Djokovic’s father, Vujadin, said on Friday. “In theory, it could be absolutely good for us but in practice it seems like they have to use these drugs now because of the highest ranking. It’s like five or 10 thousand points.”

Serbia’s second-ranked player, Dusan Lajovic, told the BBC that some of his peers may attempt to schedule a court case to challenge the ruling.

“He would need to use these hormone supplements in the days after reaching a high ranking,” Lajovic said. “For the last five years Novak has kept from doing that. But we need to see what he will do. I think it’s a big problem for the sport to have someone, who has achieved everything, having a problem of this sort.”

Djokovic is in the middle of a lean spell as the top-ranked player in the world, after first-round losses at the ATP World Tour Finals and at the Brisbane International. The 31-year-old will defend his Australian Open title in Melbourne from January 15.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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