December 21, 2014
PARIS (AP) - French tennis player Richard Gasquet has confirmed that he tested positive for cocaine at the Sony Ericsson Open in March, but maintains his innocence.
Gasquet said in a statement Sunday that the "B" sample from the tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. confirmed the result of the "A" sample taken the same day. He added that he is "gathering together proof of my innocence and I will choose an appropriate moment to express myself."
The Web site of French sports daily L'Equipe had reported Saturday that traces of the banned drug were found in the 22-year-old Gasquet's urine sample. He pulled out of the tournament, citing a shoulder injury.
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