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Murray frustrated by "in your face" drug-tests, whereabouts clause

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New York, Aug 29(ANI): British tennis player Andy Murray has expressed frustration over the 'intrusive' drug-testing protocol and said that the "in your face" way that these tests are done is annoying.

Murray further said that it has become even more annoying to let the World Anti-Doping Agency know where he will be for an hour of every day of the year.

"It was such a hassle. I don't know what it's like in other sports. I'm sure it's tough for the athletics guys as well. I'd just like it to be a little bit more relaxed," The Telegraph quoted Murray, as saying.

"I just think it's a little bit in your face the whole thing. When you've finished your matches, a little bit more space would be nice," he added.

The 22-year-old also said that the players are not provided space and their privacy is repeatedly invaded by the agency.

"After I lost at Wimbledon, I was obviously disappointed because it's a grand slam, and within two minutes of getting off the court the guy was right there, standing next to me. And I just very politely said to him, "Can you give me a little bit of space please? I'd like to be on my own for five minutes'. And he's like, 'Yeah, yeah, sure', and takes one step back," Murray said.

He said that the tests waste their precious time, as the agency asks them to go through urine, as well as blood tests.

"So when he did that, I said, 'Right I'm going to go do my test right now', and I went downstairs, did my urine sample, took five or 10 minutes, and then they said that I had to go and do a blood test as well," Murray said.

"I was like, 'Right, that's fine, let's do it'. And they said, 'Sorry, you can't do the blood test now, as you've got to wait until 45 minutes, an hour, after your match before you do it'. So there are so many rules and things so if you do everything right, they will still keep you waiting," he added. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 16:01 [IST]
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