Rafael Nadal won’t stand for anyone saying he does drugs, and anyone who does he won’t just respond with words, he will take legal action.
Last week, the French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot declared Nadal has missed time a few years ago due to a silent doping ban in 2012.
“We know that Nadal’s famous seven-month injury was without a doubt due to a positive [drug test],” Bachelot said on French TV show Le Grande. “When you see a tennis player who stops playing for long months, it is because he has tested positive and because they are covering it up. It is not something that always happens, but yes it happens more than you think.”
Yesterday, Nadal stated he planned on suing Bachelot for those remarks.
“I have been working so much since I have five years old, all my career, to have the success that I had, and always with the right way, always practicing with passion, with intensity, with love for the game,” Nadal said. “There is a couple of times I heard comments like this, and that’s what — this gonna be the last one, because I gonna sue her. I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. Not more, you know. I know how tough I worked to be here. To listen, to heard those comments from a person that should be serious, because was minister of a big country and a great country like France.
“So I gonna sue her, and I gonna sue everyone who gonna comment something similar in the future, because I am tired of that.
“A minister of France should be serious,” Nadal added. “This time is the time to go against her. We gonna sue her, and since the day after day I tell you that everyone who has another comment in this way gonna happen the same, because that’s too much for me.”
After a 3-set win last night over Gilles Muller, Nadal is back on court Tuesday at Indian Wells against Fernando Verdasco.
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