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Serena Williams’ publicist blasts "invasive" drug testers

SINGLED-OUT: Serena Williams has been tested for doping more times than her peers by the US anti doping agency

SERENA WILLIAMS’ publicist has hit out at the US anti-doping authorities for the way they have treated the tennis star.

Recent reports show that Williams, who is set to return to Wimbledon next week, has been tested for doping by the US anti doping agency (USADA) notably more than her counterparts.

Kelly Bush Novak, Williams’ publicist told Deadspin: “Over her 23-year career in tennis, Serena Williams has never tested positive for any illegal substance despite being tested significantly more than other professional tennis players, both male and female – in fact, four times more frequently than her peers.

“While she willingly continues to submit to testing, there is absolutely no reason for this kind of invasive and targeted treatment.“

Williams is one of a number of athletes who are obliged to inform USADA where she will be for a one-hour duration every single day – even when not in competitions.

In addition to the daily one-hour slots at a time of the athletes choosing, testing officials can visit athletes announced.

According to reports, earlier this month, a testing officer arrived at the 23-time grand slam champion’s home at 8.30am. Williams was not home but the tester initially refused to leave until the testing had taken place.

The anti-doping official did eventually leave without administering a test.

If athletes are not at home when the testers arrive, the test is not classed as missed.

In a statement USADA said: "Factors considered in allocating tests include available resources, performance information, ranking data, sport and athlete specific analysis, biological and longitudinal analysis, injury information, training periods, the competition calendar, intelligence received concerning possible doping practices and research on doping trends. USADA retains the right to test any athlete at any time and may target test athletes as USADA deems appropriate."

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