Gasquet cleared after cocaine suspension

French tennis player Richard Gasquet was given the go-ahead to resume his career after being suspended 75 days for testing positive for cocaine use. The International Tennis Federation bought his argument that the cocaine entered his system after he kissed a woman at a Miami nightclub.

Gasquet told the tribunal that he kissed a woman, identified in the ruling only as "Pamela", and suggested that was how the cocaine entered his system.

The tribunal stated, "this explanation is more likely than not to be the correct one", and said that it "found the player to be a truthful and honest witness, and a man of integrity."

Gasquet was ranked 32nd in the world prior to his suspension. He missed playing at the French Open and Wimbledon but was facing a 12-month suspension prior to the ruling.

"It's a happy end to a painful ordeal," the Frenchman told French radio. "I'm delighted to be able to start competing again. Now, it's back to tennis."

Gasquet is most known to Outsports readers after his public protestations that he is not gay.

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