11 May 2009

Tennis star test positive for cocaine

7:32 am on 11 May 2009

French tennis star Richard Gasquet faces a two year ban from the sport after being tested positive for using cocaine.

The French tennis Federation says it aware Gasquet, the world's number 23 player, tested positive for the drug at the Sony Ericsson Open which finished in Miami last month. However, it said in a statement it is still awaiting offuicial notification of the failed result.

Gasquet, who was regarded as the top French prospect when he started his professional career in 2002, has failed to live up to expectations.

He ended his debut season as the youngest player to finish in the Top 200 after also becoming the youngest to qualify for an ATP Masters at Monte Carlo.

Gasquet has always been scrutinised by French media and was on the cover of Tennis Magazine at the age of nine.

In February 2008, he launched the Richard Gasquet Foundation, which helps adolescents struggling to find their place in society and suffering from a lack of confidence.