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Gasquet set to learn his fate

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:57

The 23-year-old Frenchman failed a test for cocaine in March and served a two-and-a-half-month ban.

He was then cleared in July after the International Tennis Federation’s disciplinary panel accepted his explanation that the drug got into his system after he kissed a woman at a nightclub.

However, the ITF, along with the World Anti-Doping Agency, appealed against the decision of their own panel and are seeking a ban of up to two years.

Gasquet attended a CAS hearing in Switzerland last month and a verdict has now been reached.

CAS said in a statement: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport will issue its decision in the arbitration procedure between the International Tennis Federation, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the French tennis player Richard Gasquet on Thursday, 17 December 2009 at 5.30pm (4.30pm GMT).”

Gasquet, who is known for his elegant game, achieved a career-high ranking of number seven in 2007 after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals but is now outside the top 50.

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