Very suspicious thing Nalbandian was given by his coach on his match tonight...

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  1. Fate Archer

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    That was surely a great match and I was really pulling for Nalbandian to get the win, but I can't simply ignore something that just happened there which seemed pretty suspicious...

    By the end of the fourth or during the fifith set, the cameras caught Nalbandian's coach, Luis Lobo, giving a ballboy some kind of paper for him to give to Nalbandian. Nalbandian was given the piece and discreetly put it on his pocket during play.

    I initially thought that piece contained some kind of advice or coaching. Needless to say, that is illegal and I'm surprised Pascal Maria didn't notice that too.

    But then the cameras caught Luis Lobo discreetly sinalizing for Nalbandian that the piece, or what is inside, should be ingested, so it seemed to be some kind of energy powder or something to prevent Nalbo's cramps.

    Whatever it is, I thought it was really suspicious and was really amazed by how quiet Patrick, BG and Cahil were when they showed the scenes caught on the court-side cameras.

    Is it legal for a coach on the player's box to give anything, directly or indirectly to a player?
    Did you guys saw that too and what do you think?
     
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  2. ruerooo

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    They were salt tablets, to alleviate cramping.

    Those are permitted.
     
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  3. TMCW140

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    Was just something to stop him cramping up, didn't see anything suspicious about it really
     
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  4. vandre

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    +1. its unusual for a coach to hand a ballkid something to be relayed to a player, but it's not unheard of. bepa's coach gave a ballkid his racquet to give to her when she had her string breaking episode at the uso.
     
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  5. Fate Archer

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    That's good to know, but I wonder why Nalbo wouldn't bring these tablets on his bag already. Was he expecting to cruise against Hewitt?

    It creates a very unnecessary situation to have his coach give him something right during his match and at the final set, no less.
     
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  6. meg0529

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    Oh these board would explode, if this ever happened to Rafa and Toni did that!

    On topic: I'm sure it's just the tablets. What I did see is these guys would keep looking at their boxes to see if they should challenge. Not just them, a lotta players do that. Is that legal?
     
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    No. If you want to challenge, you do it. Don't ask your coach.
     
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    You're making something out of nothing.
     
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  9. Fate Archer

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    ^ Yeah, probably, but I felt like I should mention.
     
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    :lol:

    10chars
     
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  11. Li Ching Yuen

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    Wrong. Since the umpire permits it, it's legal.
     
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    Oh come on, even the worst *******s wouldn't try to spin that into an injury excuse :p
     
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    On-court doping/PED use? Sadly, I have to say that I wouldn't be shocked considering tennis' attitude toward testing.
     
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    thing is ... there was NO attempt to hide anything ... it was done boldly in front of cameras right on court during a game ... if it had been PED, I doubt they'd take such a chance. the umpire saw the whole thing ... it looked like one of those little square containers of salt you get at McDonalds ... the umpire probably gave his permission! :roll:
     
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    Maybe...maybe not. I don't think the umpire had a test kit to determine the nature of the substance.

    I know this though....if a boxer started popping pills in his corner between rounds, there would be an immediate inquisition. Or, if a boxer started puffing on an inhaler, as Venus did during her match the other day, he would probably be tested in the training room following the fight...IMO, Tennis is turning a blind eye to the doping/PED issue.
     
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  16. Li Ching Yuen

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    So

    Australian Open night match, all of the tennis world is watching, hell even a lot of people that don't really even follow tennis and YOU think that Nalbandian and his coaches would take the risk of taking a substance that's considered illegal LIVE on television, potentially risking a career ending penalty?

    Boy, boy oh boy, some of you are just beyond dumb.
     
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    did you even see nalbandian take anything?
    all i saw was david putting the little packet directly into his pocket ... never saw him take it out of his pocket whatsoever, but the commentator mentioned he thought it was salt.
     
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    I did not see the incident but I wasn't accusing Nalbandian of anything. Rather, I was commenting on my opinion regarding PED's in tennis. If the OP did not accurately report the incident, then so be it.

    I also did not see the Venus-inhaler incident but know that she was questioned about it by Shriver after the match.
     
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    If you think there isn't doping in tennis, then I think you are the one who is "dumb," as you so politely put it.
     
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  20. Li Ching Yuen

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    We're talking about an isolated event here, Mr. Illuminati.
     
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  21. mcenroefan

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    I don't get your meaning....please explain.

    You think doping occurs but only in an "isolated" fashion?

    I will say this....the vast majority of doping that I believe is occurring would be "out of competition" doping (i.e., well before the significant tourneys).
     
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    I wonder what kinds of PED's can even be used in the fifth set of a match. Stimulants? Dexedrine /Adderall?
     
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  23. Li Ching Yuen

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    No, I'm saying that we're talking about a particular event that happened during a match not doping in general.
     
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    Speed/stimulants. But, again, I think the out of competition PEDs are the real problem.
     
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  25. mcenroefan

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    I understand...I was referring generally to the larger doping issue.
     
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  26. Bhagi Katbamna

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    I talked to his coach, they were a couple of mini-donuts.
     
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  27. Sentinel

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    suspicious salt tablets

    meanwhile Spain is asking for the doping ban to be extended.
     
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  28. Underhand

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    It was a donut pill. A full rack of donuts concentrated into a little pill. It gave superpowers to Nalby, no surprise he has won.

    [​IMG]
     
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  29. Sentinel

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    ^^ nonsense. they were mini haggis pies. :D
     
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    ... but his coach could even have engraved some tips on the salt tablet ! ;)
     
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    PEDs = performance enhancing donuts
     
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    what is suspicious about mini-donuts?
     
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    Yeah, would be some type of stimulant, IMO. However, I don't know of anything illegal that is used to alleviate cramps.

    For the OP to think this was something illegal is laughable. He was seen by millions handing something to the ballboy who handed it to Nalbandian. Nobody has balls that big.
     
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    ^ Just wanted to clear my stand, I was questioning not only what was given to Nalbandian by his coach, which I turned to agree that in all likelihood where salt tablets, but more than all, if the whole circumstance that enabled him to receive the tablets is legal.

    It didn't seem they were following much protocol at all.
     
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  35. MethodTennis

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    it was salt tablets for goodness sake, plus you dont want to be giving a player tips in that position, just won a set on the way to the match its all going fine why give him more to think about?
     
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