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Tennis Champ Serena Williams is curious to know why she’s tested for doping far more often than her peers.

The star athlete took questions from media during a press conference on Sunday to discuss her upcoming match against the Netherlands’ Arantxa Rus at the Wimbledon tournament in London, per Huff Post.

When one reporter asked for her comment about a Deadspin article that revealed she is drug tested more often than other male or female players, Williams had this to say:

“I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else,” the seven-time Wimbledon champion said. “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.”

Deadspin’s report said Williams has been tested five times this year ― more than double the number of tests for other top American women’s tennis players.

“It would be impossible for me to not feel some kind of way about that,” said Williams, 36. “I just found it quite interesting.”

The Deadspin article also mentioned the controversy that erupted when a tester showed up to Serena’s home 12 hours earlier than the time they had agreed upon, and she wasn’t able to get to the meeting in time.

Williams said it was “a little frustrating” that she received a “missed test” designation because the tester showed up unannounced.

“How is it I’m getting tested five times?” she added.

“Tennis has given me so much. It’s such an amazing sport. I feel like equality, that’s all I’ve been preaching, it’s all about equality,” Williams continued. “If that’s testing everyone five times, let’s do it. Let’s be a part of it. It’s just about being equal and not centering one person out. Just due to the numbers, it looks like I’m being pushed out. Just test everyone.

A spokeswoman for Williams previously told Deadspin that the testing was “invasive and targeted.”

“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,” the statement reads.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency “may target test athletes as USADA deems appropriate,” spokesman Brad Horn told Deadspin. “We test only in accordance with international standards and would never conduct testing in an unfair way. We are always available to discuss this with athletes, if they have concerns.”

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8 thoughts on “Serena Williams Targeted For Drug Testing 4x More Than Other Athletes

  1. tedgravely on said:

    Serena sweetie you already know what time it is. I’m glad you finally called out these racists. So people ask yourselves this: why target someone who has never ever tested positive and played by the rules? It’s to taint her legacy. Racists are mad that damn – she is just better than any white woman tennis player that ever lived. What aren’t they testing a proven cheater in trans face Maria Sharapova. We know why. It’s that white privilege. Serena – Keep putting it in these racists face. Now all their sorry behinds are looking up to a black woman. White women have been playing this sport long before black women could even think about putting a toe on the court. Now they can’t stand it that Serena is the GOAT!! Racists.

  2. vdabney722 on said:

    Raise your hand if you’re surprised. I don’t expect to see ANY hands. The fact is, “certain people” think ALL black people take drugs, and Nothing could be further from the truth. As a group, we probably take fewer drugs, smoke less and drink less than other populations. AND, spend more time in church.

  3. pac4me on said:

    If Ms Williams was doing any kind of illegal drugs, they surely would have surfaced by now. God gives each of us special talents and playing tennis in this grand of a way is God’s special talent & gift to Serena (and her sister). I hope they both continue to go out there and beat the living crap out of those chicks that are so much less talented.

  4. The Williams’ sisters have been at the TOP of the tennis game for probably two decades.
    They are both AWESOME TENNIS PLAYERS!!!!!

    We all know what is UP with the EXCESSEIVE DRUG TESTING!!!!!!!!!
    They are conducting a silent witch-hunt.
    Attempting to catch Venus or Serena doing DRUGS–NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I look forward to watching the Williams’ girls kick those foreign white chicks asses on the tennis courts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. MariAnne Bolton on said:

    We ALL know what’s up! This is nothing NEW! Just deposit your money in the BANK, thank your Lord and Saviour and keep moving UP!!!

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