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    Mariano Puerta is admitting that he lied about a doping incident in order to get a less strict punishment.

    BUENOS AIRES -- Retired tennis player Mariano Puerta has admitted he lied to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce his suspension after a second positive doping test.

    Four months after the high point of his career -- the final of the 2005 French Open -- the Argentine tested positive for etilefrine, a banned cardiorespiratory stimulant. He had also been caught in 2003 for the use of a banned anabolic steroid.

    Puerta was initially suspended for eight years, but the penalty was reduced to two years thanks to a defense strategy that he said "was a lie."

    "But I did not take any sporting advantage. I don't want to be seen as a deceiver," Puerta said in an interview published by La Nacion newspaper on Monday.

    Puerta's defense said he drank water from a glass used by his then-wife Sol Estevanez to take Effortil, a medication against menstrual cramps that contains etilefrine.

    The former player said the false claim was created by lawyer Eduardo Moline O'Connor, who died in 2014. O'Connor was a member of CAS from 1998 to 2006, sat in Argentina's Supreme Court of Justice, and worked as an executive for the country's tennis association.

    Puerta said his legal advisers told him no other version would be credible due to his doping record.

    Fifteen years later, at age 41, Puerta said the origin of the drug was not the medication taken by Estevanez, but ginseng and caffeine pills that a friend of his fitness coach prepared for him.

    "I never met the person who made the pills, never knew his name, no one of the family wanted to know," Puerta said.

    His former fitness coach, Dario Lecman, denied the allegations to La Nacion.

    The career of Puerta, who had a top-10 world ranking in 2005, plummeted after the second doping case. He won three ATP singles titles, but the French Open final he lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets was his peak. He never reached another final. After a two-year ban to 2007, he retired two years later.

    "To today's tennis players, I would say don't do anything that puts you in a position like mine. How can you be safe?" he said. "Being extremely responsible, do not delegate, do not trust anybody. The price that you might pay for making a mistake is very high. It doesn't make sense. I was irresponsible."
    This is not the bouquet you toss

  2. #4307

    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    "Puerta confesses he lied and blames deceased lawyer" should be the headline.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  3. #4308

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    My reaction to the Puerta article was "oh well, he's still making justifications and telling lies". Of course, he could be telling the truth now, but why should we believe him now? GH

  4. #4309

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennHarman View Post
    My reaction to the Puerta article was "oh well, he's still making justifications and telling lies". Of course, he could be telling the truth now, but why should we believe him now? GH
    Of course that your doubt is justified, but trying to respond your question, maybe because he stands nothing to gain from this. Furthermore, I think he comes off worse.
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  5. #4310

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    Tumaini Carayol @tumcarayol
    FIT president Angelo Binaghi says that the ATP want Rome to be a 10 day, 96 draw event. Funnily enough what some top events would love to have in a normal year.

    Sportface
    @sportface2016
    +++#Binaghi: "L'#Atp ci ha chiesto di allungare gli
    @InteBNLdItalia
    a 10 giorni con tabellone a 96 giocatori+++ #Roma #Internazionali

    Translated from Italian by Google
    +++ #Binaghi : "L' #Atp asked us to stretch the
    @InteBNLdItalia
    10-day with 96-player scoreboard +++ #Roma#Internazionali
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  6. #4311

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    How are they going to pull that one out? My understanding is that Rome has the most beautiful courts in the world and the worst players' facilities. And you are going to crowd it even more?
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  7. #4312

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    How are they going to pull that one out? My understanding is that Rome has the most beautiful courts in the world and the worst players' facilities. And you are going to crowd it even more?
    Maybe they would renovate.
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    NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ@naomiosaka

    I lowkey want to start playing mixed doubles but I’m so bad at doubles I would just sembarrass myself the entire time
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  10. #4315

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ@naomiosaka

    I lowkey want to start playing mixed doubles but I’m so bad at doubles I would just sembarrass myself the entire time
    Which would make her even more adorably attractive to sponsors. She has a little thing for Tsitsipas. Her choice should be based entirely on the portmanteau potential. Tsitsisaka. Nakashima - "Osakashima". OsaKei or NishSaka? JackOsaka?
    Last edited by MeganFernandez; 08-11-2020 at 12:55 PM.
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  11. #4316

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    I don't think Kei would do it but Nakashima might.
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    Jack O'Sock-a

  13. #4318

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    Jack O'Sock-a
    Please God no.

  14. #4319

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    Please god YES!
    This is not the bouquet you toss

  15. #4320

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    With the rain delays I'm watching Becker vs Agassi DC from 1999 on Tennis Channel+

    First two sets went to Agassi in TB's
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