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Gasquet seeks new chapter

PARIS, December 18 – After his nightmare 2009 season, French tennis player Richard Gasquet insists he now wants to turn the page and get back to winning titles.RICHARD_GASQUET_2_The 23-year-old former world top ten player saw his world ranking plummet to 52 after a positive test for cocaine following a kiss in a Miami nightclub resulted in him serving a ban.

"In my heart I was expecting this outcome because I’m innocent. So justice has been done," the former French number one said after being cleared of doping Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Gasquet tested positive during the Miami Masters in March and was provisionally suspended in May before serving a two-and-a-half month retroactive ban.

But the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) wanted him to be hit with a ban of one or two years.

It was their appeal to CAS which was rejected as sport’s top court acknowledged that the Frenchman was likely to have been inadvertently contaminated with a minute trace of the drug as a result of the kiss.

"I’m very, very happy this is behind me," said a relieved Gasquet.

"It’s been very tough. I was positive in my head from the beginning because I knew that things should be OK. I’ve always told the truth.

"What was horrible was the way people look at you and to see yourself in the media."

"I’ve been waiting for this appeal for four months. Even at the US Open this was on my mind and now I can return to training with a clear head.

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"I can turn the page towards 2010," said Gasquet who will now prepare for the first tournaments of the season in Australia.

The ruling means that Gasquet can now focus on adding to his five ATP titles the last of which he won in Mumbai in 2007.

"The aim is to return as quickly as possible to the top 20 then 15, little by little," he explained.

"And above all I want to play Roland Garros and have a great tournament. I’ve missed it for the past two years. This year was terrible because I couldn’t even get into the stadium."

Gasquet said that the experience had change him forever.

"I don’t know if I’ll take something positive away from this," he said.

"I know that I’ll never be the same again, I took a big blow but I know that I’m going to do everything to have a great season."

Gasquet said that he had been helped by the support of fellow tennis players including world number two Rafael Nadal.

"It did me good to have support," he said. "Today I saw that Gael (Monfils) and others left me a message. I’m going to try and call them all back."

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Mulee

    July 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

    ist just me or Capital Fm pro-jubilee govt?? most of these articles seem to support this Govt no matter how bad the situation! on one side the Govt is spending money extravagantly but on the other it cant pay teachers… am with KNUT n teachers on this one!!

  2. Kenyan Sana

    July 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Its not just you Mulee, this is a jubilination station.

  3. kochuka Esq.

    July 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

    haha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa lol dialogue,talks for 16 years haha for a mere ksh 7000 increment….take it to the dogs..let govrnment show goodwill to teachers eraning ksh 3000 as house allowance…I shudder to think that they are role models..

  4. men g

    July 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    mwangi
    you seem you dont know realities in Kenya you want to pretend tthat you can write how does a teacher earn .? how much is rent? how much is your fare to work ? if sincerely answer this and compare with teachers earning make sense in your writing. 16 years waiting is painful.

  5. mgongoinje

    July 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

    compare what you earn against poor teachers who may not afford fees for their children in college and also feeding themselves,we all buy goods at the same price and therefore tutors need a better bargain since they are the people upon whom the lives of our children is bestowed.

  6. kedgimibadhi

    July 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    From 1997, even those who were born then are adults. Why are African leaders very insensitive and insincere to their important citizens except to those who can perpetuate their stay in power. Resigning is never in their vocabulary, except dictatorship. Kenyans should support teachers in asking for their rights. Today it is teachers, tomorrow it is an individual problem and / or Dilemma. So who will force leaders to do the right thing when even the courts rullings are always in support of the mighty and powerful?

  7. guest

    July 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Ushenzi Mtupu …… This Poorly written article Article is MYOPIC and clearly Biased towards the GOVT. Go tell it to the birds Mr Mwangi AKA TNA MOLE …. we know where your linage is….

  8. Kathenge

    July 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Dan mwangi you are not right unless you are writing from rumors, between teachers and Government who is issuing threats. Teachers have never issued threat to government, the teachers of this country have been taken in circles by every government its time the teachers to be paid well and in full so this matter can be settled once and for all, lets not use teacher for campaign tools.

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