When Roselyne Bachelot, former French Minister for Health & Sport, made comments last week about Rafael Nadal possibly being involved in drug abuse, the 14-time Grand Slam champion decided that enough is enough. It was one jibe too many for the tennis superstar, who struck back with a vengeance.
The 29-year-old Spaniard has announced that he’s going to press defamation charges against Ms. Bachelot, so that in future, anyone who thinks of leveling such allegations against him will know he’s ready to fight back.
Nadal, who’s a former World No. 1, rejected any malpractice regarding doping, stating that he has never had ‘the temptation of doing something wrong’. The popular tennis star has never, to date, failed any doping tests, but has been a frequent subject of speculation in this regard.
Ms. Bachelot commented on Nadal’s seven-month long absence from the tennis circuit in 2012, saying that such a long absence for any player was probably because of positive control.
Rafael Nadal got support from millions of fans across the globe, who believe in his integrity, and from Spanish club Real Madrid, which issued a statement praising him and calling Bachelot’s remarks ‘unacceptable’.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane defended Nadal as being a thorough professional, claiming that everyone in the world who loves sport, loves Nadal.
The controversy has been stirred up by the recent doping scandal concerning another iconic tennis champion, Maria Sharapova.