16 Jul 2009

Gasquet allowed back on court after testing positive to cocaine

6:46 pm on 16 July 2009

The French tennis player Richard Gasquet, who tested positive for cocaine at the Miami Masters in March, has been cleared to resume his career despite being handed a two-and-a-half month ban.

Gasquet had been provisionally suspended in May following a positive test of his A sample and the B sample was also positive.

However, the International Tennis Federation says he can now return to competition having made the ban retroactive to May, adding a longer ban would have been disproportionate.

Gasquet had claimed that he had picked up traces of the substance after kissing a girl in a Miami nightclub, an explanation the ITF says it's satisfied with.

Gasquet, a 2007 Wimbledon semi-finalist and a former top-10 player, retains his ranking of No.32.