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May 11, 2009

Updated: Richard Gasquet caught up in an alleged cocaine bust

Richard Gasquet could face a possible career blow after a French sports daily L'Equipe reported that the France's gifted "baby Federer" has tested positive for cocaine.

The newspaper's website reported on Saturday that "traces of the banned drug were found in the Gasquet's urine sample at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, after he pulled out of that tournament in March".

In happier times - Gasquet with the Miami Dolphin cheerleaders during a
promotional event at the Miami Open


Gasquet cited a right shoulder injury when he withdrew from the Miami Open before his second round match against Albert Montanes.


Gasquet could face a two-year ban if the "B'' sample shows positive result.


Neither Gasquet nor his management team could be reached to explain on the allegations.

Gasquet who has been struggling with his form since Wimbledon 2007 is currently ranked no.23 in the ATP rankings.

Many of us knew that he can party really hard but when it comes to recreational drugs like crack cocaine, seriously we don't want to believe that he's involved, aren't we?

In happier times - Gasquet and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga celebrating their Davis Cup victory by getting down with some go-go girls.

Updates: International Tennis Federation (ITF) spokesman Neil Robinson confirmed that Gasquet has been suspended and his case is pending for hearing.

ITF also said that an anti-doping tribunal should be assembled within 60 days to hear the case.

Gasquet said on Sunday that he was gathering evidence to prove his innocence.

(Via nbcsports.com, AP; Images via menstennisforums.com)

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