LONDON — Professional men's tennis players will be tested for illegal drug use next year at two of the sport's five major tournaments under a rule unanimously approved Wednesday by the Men's International Professional Tennis Council.
John McEnroe, the world's No. 2 player, competing in the Stockholm Open, voiced his support for the ruling, saying, "Drugs won't help your tennis."
The new policy voted by the nine-member council, which represents the International Tennis Federation, tournament organizers and players, requires mandatory testing of players as well as members of the council and its employees.
The testing will seek traces of cocaine, heroin or amphetamines.
"All us 18 players in the ATP voted in favor of the test," McEnroe said in response to questions at a news conference.