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Gasquet focusing on Australian Open

Gasquet missed four months of the season due to the ban (credit: i2adoo)

Richard Gasquet is focusing on the Australian Open now his drug allegation ordeal is over.

Gasquet’s career has been tarnished for the past eight months by the positive test he made for cocaine at the Sony Ericsson Open back in March. After being cleared of any wrongdoing in July he has remained on tenterhooks for the rest of the season after the ITF and WADA launched an appeal to get his one-year ban reinstated.

However that appeal was thrown out by a court earlier this week and Gasquet can get back on with tennis. He had a reasonably successful autumn and will return to action at the beginning of January, competing in Brisbane and Sydney ahead of the Australian Open.

“I'm pleased to be 100 percent cleared. I'm just glad it's all over,” Gasquet said. "I could have done without all this but now I'm happy to be back on the tennis courts. My goal is to make it back into the top 10. In my heart I was expecting this outcome because I'm innocent. So justice has been done."

Gasquet is relishing the chance to compete at Roland Garros again in 2010 after missing the 2009 French Open. Despite possessing a sublime clay-court game, Gasquet has always struggled to deal with the pressure of competing in front of expectant home fans in Paris and has never really performed to his maximum. He’s always produced his best tennis away from the spotlight a few weeks later at Wimbledon.


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