Didn't fake injury in 2012 to cover up failed drug test: Rafael Nadal

Mar 14, 2016, 08:33 IST | AFP

Indian Wells (USA): Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal hit back on Saturday at a claim that he faked an injury in 2012 to cover up a failed drugs test.

Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Pic/AFP
Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Pic/AFP

The 14-time major winner said it was unfathomable that someone would accuse him of using a false injury to try and escape the wrath of the tennis' anti-doping officials. "Me?," he asked.

"You can ask the ITF (International Tennis Federation), you can ask WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), you can ask everybody."

Nadal has never failed a drug test in his many years on the ATP Tour and has always vehemently denied ever using a banned substance.

"I never did and I will never do and I don't want to talk about that again," he said on Saturday night after his doubles loss to the Americans Bob and Mike Bryan at the hardcourt tournament at Indian Wells.

Roselyne Bachelot, France's sports minister between 2007 and 2010, claimed that Nadal had faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, to hide a positive drug test.

Nadal demands justice
"I have been working so hard during the whole of my career to have the success that I have and now is the moment to do justice. I am tired of that and I want justice," Nadal said.

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