Serena Williams says that despite not being the No.1 women’s tennis player currently, she’s being so-called “randomly” drug tested more than her competitors. It’s something she’s spoken about before, but now she’s calling the treatment as she sees it: “discrimination.”
The 36-year-old has complained that since her return to tennis, she has had testers showing up at her home at all times of the day, including during blocks of time that she stated she wouldn’t be available, and multiple times during the week, to make sure she’s clean. She shared such experiences with her followers on Twitter on Tuesday.
But the new mom really hasn’t been excited about her treatment, which she spoke about initially back in May.
Before Wimbledon began, it was reported that Serena was tested five times since the year started, and a sixth effort was made to test her but she wasn’t home. No one knows but the USADA and Serena how many times since then that she’s been tested or there has been an attempt to test her. However, USADA communications director Brad Horn told the New York Daily News that it’s all been “standard practice,” despite the fact that it seems she is being singled out.
“The five tests conducted by USADA on Serena Williams in 2018 resulted from three testing missions,” he said in July. “It is standard practice on many testing missions to obtain both urine and blood samples, resulting in multiple samples from a single testing mission.”
Serena said at a pre-tournament news conference at the top of July that for the record, while she doesn’t have an issue with being tested, she would like players to be treated the same.
“Just test everyone equally,” she said according to Tennis.com.
“I’m totally OK with testing and I encourage it. It’s just about being equal and not centering one person out.”