After waiting six years to return to the World Group, Australia suffered a first round exit last weekend, when they were swept 5-0 by the French team, armed with Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. While the loss was clearly disappointing to the team, lead by Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, he also expressed his anger at the unprofessional tactics conducted by the International Tennis Federation.
Arriving at the press conference clearly angered by the circumstances, Hewitt made his feelings clear regarding the drug testing procedure at the Davis Cup tie, stating that their attitude and lack of professionalism was “mind-boggling” at times.
“I’m disappointed at the drug testing and what went on behind the scenes,” Hewitt said, clearly angry at the time. “It kept you guys waiting (media) and us waiting. I’ve only been playing Davis Cup for 17 years. I’ve done a few drug tests in my time but to have to go three or four times and keep going all night is ridiculous. It’s just not on. It should be done tomorrow, after the tie.”
Hewitt also recommended that the ITF reevaluate their drug-testing tactics, claiming that their drug testing procedure was far from perfect.
“Our two juniors (Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis) had to do drug testing literally before we walked on the court for doubles today and they weren’t allowed to watch the start of the match, which is just a joke. I think the ITF have to have a good hard look at what they’re doing.”