ITF still investigating Gasquet

Aug 6, 2009

Even though a board of the Court of Arbitration for Sport had cleared Richard Gasquet of his doping charges and ruled that his twelve-month ban was ‘unjust’, the ITF just don’t want to leave it lie.

The reason given for Gasquet’s brush with the drug cocaine was kissing a girl in a nightclub. Since there was the amount of “no more than a grain of salt” in his blood and, well, he’s French, the board accepted his claim, cleared him and the twelve-month ban was topped.

The ITF, however, has appealed against the decision by the independent tribunal, apparently unable to accept their judgement of the situation.

And who’s there supporting the ITF?

Yep, it’s the ever-present WADA.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks the extent of WADA’s control over the lives of sportsmen and woman is ridiculous. The sportsmen and women themselves definitely seem to agree.

You wonder why they still insist on it, though. No-one is asking for anti-doping initiatives to be dropped. Simply a different – less draconian – tactic to deal with it.

We can only hope that ITF have some solid evidence to get Gasquet banned again, or else that the appeal is dropped and is Gasquet announced innocent. Because in the last few months the Frenchman has missed Wimbledon and the French Open and countless tournaments in between; it’s a shame a man’s name is being dragged through the mud because of no-one can agree on the evidence for or against his case.

Other news

More promising signs from Roddick; he has reached the third round of the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington DC. This comes as many of the other top players start to disappear suddenly from the tournament:

-          Number 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten by American John Isner.

-          Seventh seed Tommy Robredo was knocked from the tournament from fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.

-          Michael Youzhny fell at the hands of Robin Soderling 6-3 6-1.

At the Los Angeles Championships, Sharapova also showed signs of recovery as she battled to beat third seed Victoria Azarenka. Ana Ivanovic was back from the injury she sustained at Wimbled to beat Vania King to get through to the third round in LA .

There was a shock at the West Class tournament in Stanford, California, when Marion Bartoli of France beat Venus Williams to claim the title. Venus just couldn’t respond to Bartoli’s perseverance in serve and returns.


-          SophieG


Written by: SophieG

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