Djokovic Blasts Lance Armstrong in Post-Match Press Conference
After Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah aired, Novak Djokovic blasted him in a post-match press conference after beating Radek Stepanek in their third round match at the Australian Open.
“I think everybody was expecting him to do [admit to using performance-enhancing drugs],” the World No. 1 said. “I mean, it would be ridiculous for him to decline and refuse all the charges because it has been proven. They have like a thousand proofs that he’s positive. I think it’s a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this.”
“He cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story. I think they should take all his titles away because it’s not fair towards any sportsman, any athlete. It’s just not the way to be successful. So I think he should suffer for his lies all these years.”
Djokovic expressed confidence in tennis’s anti-doping program.
“In tennis, at least from my perspective, it’s really good. Anti-doping regulations a little bit maybe more strict in sense that you have to fill the whereabouts documents and you have to basically give an hour or two in every day of your life in a whole year, where you are.”
“But on the other hand, it gives them an opportunity to test you. And you know it is the same for the other players. At least from that point of view it’s fair. And I have nothing against, you know, the anti-doping federation, association, testing me 10, 20, 30 times a year.”
“As long as it’s fair, it’s clean, we’re trying to protect the identity of this sport. I believe tennis players are one of the most cleanest athletes in the world and one of the most competitive sports. So as long as we keep it that way, I have no complaints about testing. I think as long as I know as many numbers of testing for the other players, I’ll be happy.”
But Djokovic also said he hadn’t been given a blood test in six or seven months.
“I wasn’t tested with blood for last six, seven months. It was more regularly in last two, three years ago. I don’t know the reason why they stopped it.”