La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the winner of the Wimbledon Junior Championships, Gianluigi Quinzi, as stating: "“Doping in tennis? When you see players such as Djokovic play 5 long sets and then walk back onto the court the next day and play with the same intensity as the day before, it’s difficult to not think the worst...I’m not saying that Nole or certain other tennis stars make use of doping. I don’t know. But you do start to question things when you see certain recoveries.”
And now, courtesy of a translation by The Changeover, there are reports that Marin Cilic tested positive at the ATP Munich tournament in April, and that "his knee injury was a ruse as Marin awaited for the situation to unfold after Wimbledon."
Update on Cilic: Tennis.com is reporting that "Reports say that Cilic took some kind of glucose supplement that contained a banned substance. A highly-placed source in Croatia told TENNIS.com that the reports are more than likely accurate."
For those interested, here's a link Cilic's June press conference announcing his Wimbledon withdrawal: "... I started to have difficulties with my knees also during Queen's...It was difficult for me to put weight on my left leg, which is where the pain is. So today I had basically no choice to. I can also risk something bigger to play"
Update on Cilic #2: Simon Cambers reports (via The Guardian) a confirmation of Cilic's positive test. Cilic's ex-coach, Bob Brett, tells Cambers that "He [Cilic] said he had tested positive...The one thing I found out was that he tested positive for high glucose...One of the people in his team bought it in a pharmacy – basically what you've been reading in the papers. Some people will say he made a mistake. But it was carelessness."
Update #3: Has the transparency penny finally dropped? Steve Tignor writes:
"The “silent ban” has long been a favorite fallback for doping conspiracy theorists, something that's mentioned when virtually any player is sidelined for an extended period...
"Now, in light of the Cilic report, there’s more reason to believe the conspiracy-minded. Whether his situation constitutes a “silent ban,” or whether a positive test and suspension is eventually made public, it’s probably only a slight exaggeration to say that every injury claim in the immediate future will be greeted with some degree of skepticism. What else, I’ve already caught myself wondering, didn’t we know about at this year’s Wimbledon? Was it really as “weird” as we thought?
"...Whatever the truth is regarding Cilic, the game’s anti-doping authorities shouldn’t help create a situation where a player, any player, lies about why he or she is withdrawing from a tournament..."
Update #4: Well, I guess we know why the ITF hasn't gotten around to clearing up the Cilic case:
The International Tennis Federation announced today [30 July 2013] that it recognises and respects the 2-year ban imposed on Faisal Aldossri by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee...
Mr Aldossri, a 32-year old player from Saudi Arabia provided a sample on 1 May 2013 in connection with his participation at the Saudi Arabian Tennis Championships. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in New Delhi, India for analysis, and was found to contain amphetamine...Mr Aldossri was therefore suspended by SAADC for a period of two years, starting on 9 June 2013 and so ending at midnight on 8 June 2015.