Rafael Nadal is not letting go of the false speculations that he has used performance enhancing drugs in his career and is threatening to sue Roselyne Bachelot, the ex-Minister for Health and Sport in France, who claimed that the former World No. 1 has used illegal drugs in the past.
“I’ve let it go a few times in the past but not anymore,” Nadal said at a press conference in Indian Wells, where he is playing this week. “I know how tough I work to be here, to listen to her, to comments from a person who should be serious, because she was a minister of a big country, a great country like France….So I’m going to sue her.”
Bachelot stated in her claims that Nadal missed time on the tennis court in 2012 not because of injuries but because of drug use which has caused his suspension from the ATP.
“In the past I didn’t want to go for justice, to sue the people who said these things because I didn’t think they were serious, but a minister of France should be serious,” the 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal added.
Nadal’s supporters, including uncle and trainer Toni Nadal and former soccer star Zinedine Zidane, came to Rafael’s defense against the drug use allegations and backed the Spanish pro.
Nadal, who is currently ranked World No. 5 in the tennis world rankings, has struggled to play in top form in recent years struggling with injuries and confidence especially in the major tournaments.
Nadal has advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open 2016 beating Gilles Muller, 6-2 2-6 6-4 and will face Fernando Verdasco next. Verdasco was the man responsible for Nadal’s first round exit at the 2016 Australian Open earlier this year.
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