Tennis player Gasquet gives cocaine-kiss evidence to CAS hearing

French tennis player Richard Gasquet will find out within four weeks if he has been banned after testing positive for cocaine.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — French tennis player Richard Gasquet will find out within four weeks if he has been banned after testing positive for cocaine.

Gasquet told the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday he failed a drug test in March because he kissed a woman in a nightclub who contaminated him with cocaine.

He was suspended for 2 1/2 months but the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Tennis Federation appealed to CAS to give him a doping ban of at least one year.

CAS secretary-general Matthieu Reeb said a verdict is expected in early December.

“Everything went as expected and Richard Gasquet has, of course, had his chance to speak,” Reeb said after the seven-hour hearing. “Now the arbitrators will begin their deliberations, which are going to take around three to four weeks until a final judgment will be communicated to the parties.”

That would allow Gasquet, who was suspended for the French Open and Wimbledon, to prepare for the Australian Open in January if he is cleared by the CAS panel of three lawyers.

“That is part of their considerations,” Reeb told The Associated Press.

Gasquet declined to speak as he left court. While lawyers for the ITF described the process as “very good and very fair.”

Gasquet, 23, tested positive the day after pulling out of the Miami Masters with a shoulder injury. Cocaine is classed as a stimulant if an athlete uses it during competition.

In evidence to an independent tribunal called by the ITF in July, Gasquet said he visited a music club in Miami that night and met a woman identified only as “Pamela,” who he kissed several times.

The tribunal panel accepted that he was “contaminated with cocaine” by the woman and not to blame for the positive test, describing Gasquet as “shy and reserved, honest and truthful” and clearing him to resume playing immediately.

WADA and the ITF believed he should be held to the strictest standards of the WADA Code — which makes athletes responsible for any substance found in their body — and denied the defence of “no significant fault or negligence.”

Gasquet’s ranking peaked at No. 7 after he reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2007. It dropped from No. 23 when his failed test was announced in April to currently stand at No. 53.

Just Posted

WATCH: Central Albertans learn about farm life at Sunnybrook Farm Museum

Pioneer Days Festival in Red Deer Saturday-Sunday

Number of seniors who play bridge in Red Deer growing

Red Deer Bridge Club has been around for close to 60 years

PHOTOS: Buccaneers battle Wolfpack in AFL semifinal

The Central Alberta Buccaneers battled the Calgary Wolfpack in the Alberta Football… Continue reading

Raising awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse

Second annual Raise A Ruckus Against Child Abuse was held at the Red Deer Radisson Hotel Saturday

Central Alberta Yogathon cancelled Saturday

Due to air quality concerns the fourth annual event will take place Sept. 15

VIDEO: Central Albertans learn about Icelandic poet at Stephansson House

Harvest Fair and Quilt Show hosted at Stephansson House in Spruce View Sunday

Trump says his White House counsel not a ‘RAT’ like Nixon’s

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House… Continue reading

Wildfire moves closer to Glacier National Park’s scenic road

MISSOULA, Mont. — A wildfire in Montana’s Glacier National Park is forcing… Continue reading

Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Couillard march in Montreal’s Pride parade

MONTREAL — Thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets of Montreal on… Continue reading

All eyes on Andrew Scheer as Conservative convention set for Halifax

OTTAWA — After a week of internal caucus squabbles, Conservative Leader Andrew… Continue reading

Canadians fear for relatives trapped amid flooding in Indian state of Kerala

In the wake of deadly flooding in the Indian state of Kerala,… Continue reading

Indonesia’s Lombok island jolted by multiple quakes

SEMBALUN, Indonesia — Strong earthquakes jolted the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok… Continue reading

Afghan president calls for Eid cease-fire, Taliban to reply

KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for a conditional cease-fire… Continue reading

Montreal may have less influence after October provincial election

MONTREAL — When Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault recently dismissed the… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month