Serena Williams claims she is a victim of discrimination by tennis doping authorities after she faced a random drugs test.
The 36 year-old tennis star vented her frustration at tennis’ doping authorities on Wednesday on Twitter.
She tweeted: “And it’s that time of the day to get ‘randomly’ drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean.”
In a second message, Williams added: “But I’m ready to do whatever it takes to have a clean sport so bring it on. I’m excited.”
The mother of one, arrived at the tournament on the back of a report revealing her anger about an unannounced test in June, when a doping official turned up at her Florida home at 8:30am on June 14.
Earlier this month, Williams told reporters at Wimbledon she does not care how often she is drug tested as long as other players are treated the same way.
Williams said: “How is it I’m getting tested five times in June? It’s only June, I’ve been tested five times. I’m OK with that, as long as everyone is being treated equally. That’s all I care about. I despise having people in our sport that aren’t being honest.
“I’m totally OK with testing and I encourage it. What I want to know is that everyone is getting tested, that we are really working to keep this sport clean.
“I feel like it’s equality, that’s all I’ve been preaching, it’s all about equality. If that’s testing everyone five times, let’s do it. Let’s be a part of it.
“I never knew that I was tested so much more than everyone else. I didn’t realise it was such a discrepancy, at least with the American players, both male and female.”
It was however gathered that athletes returning from a long absence are often the subject of repeated drug tests, as they are seen as part of a higher-risk category than athletes in the flow of regular competition. Williams is back after giving birth in September 2017.