WIMBLEDON — Serena Williams said on Sunday that she was “frustrated” by what she described as a discrepancy in the frequency of drug testing across the tennis tour, publicly addressing her recent missed test before her opening match here on Monday.
Deadspin initially reported the missed test, prompting Williams’ spokesperson to respond via statement last week by saying the tennis star was not at her Florida home when a tester made a surprise visit on June 14. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), meanwhile, said it had tested her on three occasions this year.
“I actually thought the article was interesting, to be honest, because I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else,” Williams told reporters. “When I saw it, I actually learned from it. I thought, ‘Wow. I literally didn’t know that.”
“I do know I’m always tested, I’m always getting tested, all the time. No matter where I’m ranked. 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 with the American players, both male and female. It will be impossible for me not to feel some kind of way about that.”