Players serve tennis action

Preliminary skirmishes began in the High Court within days of tennis players Mats Wilander, of Sweden, and Czech Karel Novacek, issuing a High Court writ against the President and Treasurer of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Procedural matters have already come under the gaze of the Chancery Division. The final case, expected to be pushed through as fast as possible, promises to be a landmark ruling over the legality of drug tests carried out by sporting authorities. In addition to damages, the two players are seeking declarations that the requirements of rule 53 of the ITF, relating to drug testing, is an unlawful restraint of trade and is void and unenforceable.