Richard Gasquet May Face 2 Year Ban

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French tennis star Richard Gasquet tested positive for cocaine after the Miami Masters, according to L’Equipe.

Traces of a recreational drug, believed to be cocaine, were discovered in his ‘A’ sample, according to many media sources including the sports daily, which specifically identified the drug as cocaine.

Gasquet, the world number 23 and a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, pulled out of his opening match in Miami against Spain’s Albert Montanes because of a shoulder injury.

The 22-year-old withdrew from this week’s tournament in Estoril with a neck injury and is not playing at the Madrid Masters, which began on Saturday.

Gasquet, who could be banned for two years if his ‘B’ sample also tests positive, was unavailable for comment. Roughly 2 years ago, Martina Hingis tested positive for the same drug and withdrew herself from competitive tennis. Gasquet insists he is innocent and that this is a mistake.

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