I know I am few days behind on this one, but I was glad to hear that Richard Gasquet was given the green light to resume a normal playing schedule in 2010 after the Internatonal Tennis Federation (ITF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) failed in their appeal to have Gasquet’s recent ban extended to two years, this after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) revealed their final decision on December 17th.
The CAS in their statement upheld Gasquet’s defense that he ended up with traces of cocaine in his system after kissing the now infamous woman only known as “Pamela” earlier this spring in a Miami nightclub. Gasquet, after failing a drug test, missed most of the spring and summer events, before having his ban lifted in time for the U.S. Open in September.
For her part, “Pamela” said in a statement she was “content” with the verdict even though she did file a lawsuit against Gasquet this summer over his accounting of what actually happened.
No matter if you do or don’t believe Gasquet, it will be good to see him back on the court swinging away with that beautiful one-handed backhand. The real question is, can Gasquet put this all behind him and finally live up to his potential and win a big event. Let me know what you think?