By Nick Georgandis
Novak Djokovic is known for his light-hearted attitude when it comes to keeping things on an even keel in the tennis world, but he had no such humor for the world of cycling when asked about Lance Armstrong’s revelations to Oprah Winfrey yesterday that he had used steroids and growth hormones to win the Tour de France seven times.
'I think it's a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this,'' Djokovic said in his post-match news conference on Friday morning..
''It would be ridiculous for him to decline and refuse all the charges because it has been proven. He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story.''
Djovokic went on to say to say he’d be comfortable being tested for drugs up to 30 times a year to ensure that his sport is clean.
Djokovic wasn’t alone in harsh comments. France’s Julien Benneteau called Armstrong “a liar and a cheat for years” and added that “he has to pay.”
Maria Sharapova, defending French Open champion, was more saddened than angry in her comments.
Sharapova said Armstrong’s admission was “just a really sad story, sad for that sport.”
She echoed Djokovic’s ideas that tennis should continue to embrace testing to ensure the sport remains on the up and up.
“So as long as we’re getting tested, whatever it takes, urine, blood, we’re all here to make the sport as clean as it can be,” Sharapova said. “I’m happy that our sport is as clean as it can be, and that we’re all here to make the sport as clean as it can be.”
Posted: 1/18/2013 12:39:21 PM