Rafa Nadal is the latest victim of the Russian hacker group Fancy Bears. The Fancy Bears dropped the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) online of not just Rafael Nadal but also from Mo Farrah and previously from Serena and Venus Williams. Nadal’s TUEs were dated from 2009 and 2012.
Nadal commented on the WADA hacks and stated that he did take the drugs but did nothing wrong.
“The two times the leak mentions in 2009 and 2012, I was taking medication for my knees and it was with authorisation (from WADA) and if you have permission to take something then it is not illegal,” he said.
Nadal also insisted that the issue should “not be taken out of context”.
“We have the best possible anti-doping control in tennis and I have 100 per cent faith in the Agency which controls it and the other players are also clean,” said Nadal, who admitted that the situation would be better if the medications taken were made public, rather than being kept private, as is the case now.
“It would benefit everyone if the results were known when tests are taken because everything would be transparent and that is what we all want. Sport not only has to be clean, but it has to be seen to be clean. That way we would end all of the speculation,” he concluded.
Rafa Nadal plays John McEnroe
Given the recent Rafa Nadal controversy , one would expect for him to take a small break and he did. Rafa Nadal played a exhibition match at the “Rafa Nadal Sports Center”. Nadal teamed up with Mats Wilander and played versus Carlos Moya and none other than John McEnroe. The sports center was opened in May, 2016 in the city of Manacor on the island of Mallorca. The exhibition match was part of an event organized by the Gran Fiesta Del Deporte. The match was the highlight of the event.
Next to the tennis, there was a football match between the veterans of FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid FC and a youth basketball tournament.
Thank you @Charlymoya #JohnMcEnroe and @mwilander for joining me during the #rnscsportscentre open day! pic.twitter.com/6SY1gmGvd5
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) 26 september 2016