Gasquet free to play after ITF cuts ban
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Thursday 16 July 2009
Richard Gasquet has been cleared to return to the tour after being banned following a positive cocaine test, the International Tennis Federation said yesterday.
The world No 32 was provisionally suspended in May after a sample he had provided in March in Miami tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. The ITF said Gasquet's "inadvertent contamination" in a nightclub the night before his scheduled match meant a 12-month suspension would be disproportionate and instead gave the 22-year-old Frenchman a ban of two months and 15 days, which expired yesterday.
Gasquet claimed his innocence and said he had a hair sample tested by an independent laboratory that showed no trace of cocaine. "I have never taken any cocaine in my life," he told reporters before the ITF hearing.
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