Steroids can have long-lasting and sometimes irreversible side effects on the body. Anabolic steroids have been linked to increased cholesterol, stroke and blood clots, urinary and bowel problems, and problems with the musculoskeletal system. Since steroids are a hormone, much like testosterone, the effects on sex characteristics can be far reaching, causing a kind of hyper-masculinity in young men. They can also cause male-pattern baldness and shrinking of the testicles. The excess of testosterone can also have feminizing effects on young men, such as breast development. (Jerry Adler, 2004)
The most exciting rehabilitation story in men’s tennis has sadly stalled out: Delpo is listed in the draw, but may miss his second straight Grand Slam with injury woes, this time due to pain in the shoulder and back. He beat Nadal in both of their meetings last year, which makes you wonder how differently some majors could have gone if his wrists held up. His forehand remains one of the most lethal (and peculiarly loud) on tour, but after his wrist surgeries, his backhand became a liability. Despite moderate improvement , it’s still a weakness that Nadal would pick apart given the slightest chance. If del Potro is headed into this tournament already hurt, it’s hard to envision him standing much of a chance against Rafa.