After the former French sports minister accused tennis sensation Rafael Nadal of failing a drug test, Nadal said he has had enough with doping allegations and he is set to take legal action against false accusers.
Former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot claims the Spanish tennis player faked a knee injury in 2012 in order to conceal an allegedly positive drug test.
The accusations from Bachelot comes as she was in the chair from 2007 until 2010 and she claims that any tennis players who stop for months, it’s due to a positive drug test control. However, the Spanish tennis master has never failed a drug test and appeared to be fed up with these accusations, according to ESPN.
Although it isn’t the first time Nadal faces positive drug tests allegations, the accusations by France’s former Minister for Health and Sport seem to get on the player’s nerves. After defeating his opponent Gilles Muller to reach the third round at Indian Wells, Nadal gave a press conference in order to set the record straight.
“There’s a couple of times that I’ve heard comments like this and this is going to be the last one, because I’m going to sue her, said Rafael Nadal heatedly as he addressed the press conference. “I’ve let it go a few times in the past but not any more.”
The Spanish tennis player went on to pass judgment on the former Health and Sports minister as he said he expected more from a minister of a great country like France. It is no coincidence that recent accusations against the Spaniard come after the Russian female tennis player Maria Sharapova declared she had tested positive for Meldonium.
After Sharapova’s statement, many tennis players were asked about Meldonium use, and one of them was Nadal, who claimed he is a clean guy and has never had the temptation of doing something wrong. Although they’re different players, Nadal has to deal with this kind of allegations because of the multiple cases reported by the World Anti-Doping Agency of players using the banned substance.
Nevertheless, Rafael Nadal, who is currently a favorite player at the Indian Wells Masters, has never failed a drug test during his entire career on the ATP Tour, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Nadal states that he was unaware of the doping results of Sharapova and claimed he worked exhaustively his whole career and when he says he’s injured, it’s simply because he is.
“I never take anything to get back quicker,” said the Spanish tennis sensation. “I believe in the sport and in the values of the sport.”