Last Sunday the French Tennis Federation (FFT) confirmed that world number 23 Richard Gasquet was positively tested on cocaine. “If it is a true, it would be sad news for Richard, for tennis in general and for the French tennis of course,” was their comment. Gasquet has so far until July 12th been banned from the circuit. That already means that he will miss Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Gasquet, whose residence is in Switzerland, didn’t play that well the last few months and was frequently injured. He last had to abandon in Miami where he then attended a party of French DJ Bob Sinclair and was positively tested on cocaine.
Meanwhile Richard asked for an other independent test to proof that he is not consuming cocaine regularly. “I am collecting evidence for my innocence and I will express myself at the given opportunity.”
Concerning his penalty, what will be relevant is, if it will be judged as during competition or not during the competition. If it is not during the competition he won’t face a penalty. But since he was playing Florida and only forfeited only right before his first game things don’t look that well. Then he might face a two year penalty.
Let’s wait for more evidence…