Richard Gasquet confirmed he had tested positive for cocaine during the Miami Masters in March. The 22-year-old Frenchman, and world number 23, could face a two-year suspension.
AFP - France's Richard Gasquet admitted on Sunday that he had tested positive for cocaine, but insisted he would battle to clear his name.
The world number 23, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2007 and once regarded as one of the game's brightest talents, tested positive at the Miami Masters in March and could now face a two-year ban from the sport.
"The test of the B sample submitted at the end of March 2009, during the Miami tournament where I did not participate, confirmed the positive result of the A sample taken on the same day," the 22-year-old Gasquet said in a statement.
However, Gasquet revealed that he had submitted himself to an independent test and that a hair analysis "showed no trace of cocaine".
"Taking into account the complexity of this dossier, I intend now to prove my innocence and will explain myself at an appropriate time."
Date created : 2009-05-10