Richard Gasquet Tests Positive for Cocaine

by The Insider on May 10, 2009 · 2 comments

in ATP News

richard-gasquetRichard Gasquet has been known to be a bit of a party animal and is always seen out having a good time, but today the French tennis player has tested positive for a prohibited substance during a check carried out at the Miami Masters in late March.

Currently, it is only his sample A that has been confirmed and they are waiting on the results of sample B. The substance is classed as a recreational drug and has since been confirmed that it is Cocaine.

The Biterrois, 23rd global player, had to enter the tournament in the 2nd round against Spaniard Albert Montanes before forfeit a few hours before the game because of pain in the right shoulder. ” Absent this week’s Estoril tournament, the player of Team Lagardère withdrew today from the Madrid Masters in 1000, which was used as a launching pad for the tournament at Roland Garros.

Tennis has seen other cases of doping with cocaine: Mats Wilander (3 months) and Karel Novacek in 1995 (3 months), Martina Hingis in 2007 (2 years).

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Sinead May 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm

I really hope this isn’t true, I saw him play at Queen’s last year and he’s always been a favourite of mine. It could explain some of his erratic tennis lately, but I still hope he hasn’t really been doing this. A lot of people look up to Richard.

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The Insider May 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm

@sinead It is a shame but he has tested positive for his first sample. It will be interesting to see what his B sample comes back as!

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