FFT shocked by Gasquet reports



Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:28

French daily L’Equipe reported traces of cocaine were found in the ‘A’ sample provided by the world number 23 prior to the Masters Series event in Miami at the end of March.

Gasquet pulled out of that tournament, citing a shoulder injury, and has also withdrawn from next week’s Madrid Open.

In a statement, the FFT say they are aware of the reports, but are awaiting official confirmation from the International Tennis Federation.

“The FFT has learnt of the positive test of Richard Gasquet at the Miami tournament, although no official notification has been made,” said the statement.

“This piece of information is very surprising with regards to the character of Richard Gasquet and, if confirmed according to official proceedings, would be a very sad one for Richard Gasquet, for tennis in general and for French tennis in particular, whose image would be tarnished.

“At this stage, the FFT does not wish to make further comments because it is down to the anti-doping authorities, within the International Tennis Federation (ITF), to assess such a case and it is not for the FFT to intervene.

“The FFT will follow with great attention the developments of this case, avoiding making hasty judgements and anxious to leave the player to organise his defence for the international tennis bodies.

“If the facts are correct, however, this would be particularly unfortunate in light of all the efforts of the FFT in terms of deterring athletes (from using banned substances).”


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