Is USADA Excessive Drug Testing of Serena Williams Discriminative?

Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, has expressed frustration over the excessive drug testing being imposed upon her by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the national anti-doping organization in the U.S. for Olympic, Paralympic, & Pan American Sport, protecting clean athletes & the integrity of sport.

Williams, 36-year-old, made the claim in a tweet on Tuesday after USADA officials visited her house. Earlier this month, she also noted:

"Out of all the players it's been proven I'm the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so."

An article published by website Deadspin in June revealed that Williams had been tested out of competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on five occasions in 2018. The article also claimed that Williams stated that the tester showed up 12 hours earlier than the agreed time. That visit was eventually marked as a "missed test,” three missed test results in a USADA doping violation.

A Deadspin article reported that Williams had been tested more than twice as many times as other top American players – male or female – including US Open champion Sloane Stephens (one) and sister and multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Williams (two).

Williams was asked about Deadspin’s findings during Wimbledon earlier this summer.

She responded by saying:

"I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else until I read that article I didn't realize it was such a discrepancy with me as well as against the other players that they listed, at least the American players – both male and female."





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