Tennis star Rafael Nadal has claimed that he will be taking actions to sue a former French minister after he received allegations of a positive doping test during his eight month hiatus in 2012.
The minister, whom is named Roselyne Bachelot, was the Minister for Health and Sport for France during 2007 to 2012 under the term of President Nicolas Sarkozy. Bachelot made groundless claims of Nadal having a ‘positive control’ after missing eight months in action.
“When you see a tennis player stopping for months, it’s because there’s been a positive control,” Bachelot’s said.
Recently, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was tested positive for a doping test and was proved to have consumed Meldonium, a newly banned drug. Since then, all tennis players were under tight surveillance and control, in order to prevent more mistakes. Even Nadal himself suggested for Sharapova to be punished under legal terms.
Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam winner was fumed over Bachelot’s accusations and was highly defensive over his reputation and actions.
“A minister of France should be serious. This time is the time to go against her. We are going to sue her,” Nadal said as quoted from Eurosport.
“This is going to be the last one because I’m going to sue her. I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. Not anymore.”
In 2012, the Spaniard sat out for eight months due to a knee injury and stomach virus. He was forced to withdraw from the London Olympics, 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open.
“I am a completely clean guy.”
“I have never had the temptation of doing something wrong.”
Other posts by Michelle Liew