WADA welcomes the September 4 announcement by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that it will assume full responsibility for the management, administration and enforcement of the anti-doping program at all women’s (WTA) Tour-sanctioned events beginning in January 2007. This agreement, following a similar arrangement with the men’s tennis Tour (ATP), means that the ITF assumes complete responsibility of the anti-doping program from sample collection through to the adjudication of anti-doping violations by players.
"This agreement is a significant step in the fight against doping in tennis," said WADA Director General David Howman. "Having a single unified anti-doping program in tennis enhances harmonization efforts and strengthens anti-doping in this sport. WADA is very pleased to see such level of cooperation in one sport—between the International Federation and the sport’s professional organizations."To see the ITF press release, click here.