Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Cloudy, May 9, 2009.
Oh jeez, this is bad for the sport.
Here's the article in English:
I knew Gasquet was a party boy, but he's just so talented. This is pretty crappy, but at least the ATP's new drug policy is working.
No way. I seriously hope not. I don't want Richie gone for two years!
It's bad for any sport when a rising star is found using drugs. Cloudy, thanks for the article. I tipped off Tennis.com.
Maybe this is why he never lived up to expectations...
That's dreadful news. Gasquet is a party boy? I had no idea.
this is terrible, i don't think he should be suspended, just pay a fine, for all the atp knows he had a poppyseed bagel (which if eaten will make u test + for cocaine)
lol Richie pulled a "Hingis". Seriously i hope it's not true.
Poppy seeds do indeed give a false positive on a drug test.
oh my. could be serious blow to gasquet's career. serious loss of talent for us tennis fans.
here are pictures gasquet and tsonga partying
Oh my god, shut up!! this is so unexpected! so shocking! so surreal...richie rich??:cry: so he's not gay he was just always stoned:cry:
this is sad news. Hopefully it's not true it would just be too sad.
Here's another article from Fox Sports:
Report: Gasquet tests positive for cocaine
PARIS (AP) - French sports daily L'Equipe is reporting that tennis player Richard Gasquet has tested positive for cocaine.
The newspaper's Web site reported Saturday that traces of the banned drug were found in the 22-year-old Gasquet's urine sample at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, after he pulled out of that tournament in March.
The report said Gasquet could face a two-year ban if the "B" sample comes back positive. The report said neither Gasquet nor his management team have responded to the charges. The newspaper did not cite a source, and no further details were given.
The French tennis federation could not immediately be reached for comment.
Gasquet reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2007.
I like his backhand a lot more than I like him but I don't think he should get suspended for two years. He should get a fine and maybe a small suspension. He has great skills and I enjoy watching him play but his mental strength is that of a 16 year old girl just like the body of Gilles Simon.
He is going to offer a hair sample, which will prove once and for all if he's been cutting up lines or he just came in contact with poppyseed.
Don't you think a top pro player would know that though and make sure they eat the right thing?
What a waste Richie!!! Will he get 2 years ban like Hingis.
What. The. Hell. Richard you funkin fool.
Oh god...no. That simply sucks. It's bad enough he never wins, and now this...
I wonder if it`s a coincidence that on the same day both Gasquet and Tom Boonen are in the headlines that they tested positive for cocaine.
Poppy seeds can only give a positive for an opiate (like heroin), not cocaine.
this might've been the reason when he took that first snort. Maybe he wants to get banned it would end the misery that cocaine didn't.
yeah if this is a pattern i guess the partying and lack of form were more linked than we thought.
Yep, that's what I thought as well!
why is it a big deal?
That seems to be for opiates(morphine, codeine,..). I am not sure it can induce false cocaine positive...
:shock: Oh no! this is terrible
I thought French players were the cleanest in the world.Btw this cocaine didn't do any good to his performance.What a shame if it's true.
well, beside your accusations, based (i see no evidence) on seeing one too many films about evil middle-aged corporate men in suits, i can see three reasons.
firstly, cocaine comes at a very high cost in terms of loss of life and human misery. you buy cocaine, there's probably blood on your hands. moralising over.
secondly it, and his party lifestyle, have screwed gasquet's development up, and he is a shell of the player i and others thought he could be, seeing him two or three years ago. in that sense, he's betraying himself, his talent, his coaches, his family, anyone connected with getting him into the position to be a potentially world-beating player. he's also letting down fans who pay to see him.
third, due to my first point, his playing right now will associate squeaky clean sponsors with drug wars. that's not good for them or their image. so on the financial and image side of things i don't see why the big events would want to touch him at the moment. you may not like that, but it's definitely a factor, and another reason why this is a big deal.
:shock: Gasquet why? I heard that its a 3 month ban for the first offense, but didn't Hingis get a 2 year ban and it was her first offense as well?
Because it's crack freaking cocaine. If Gasquet's B test confirms that he did use the stuff, it puts the sport in scandal. That's not good, especially when we are still in the shadow of the gambling accusations. Tennis isn't exactly a every-person sport where you can play it without having to dump a lot of cash on it. This will turn off prospective players and will give the sport's stereotypes backing: that it's a sport for rich country-club people who can use drugs and party it up without having to deal with consequences.
Pot and cocaine are not performance enhancing drugs, they are recreational.Seriously though with the doping rules being as strict as they are it would have been pretty dumb of him to go using cocaine.
Co-sign.I really hope his B-test is negative.
Thank you for the patience to explain this to the kid.
Whatever the outcome of this will be, Gasquet is still only 22 year old. I hope he overcome this issue and come back strong.
I think some of us need to stop jumping the gun. Nothing is conclusive yet, and for some reason Gasquet has all of a sudden become a 'party animal' because of one picture taken of him dancing on stage.
For all we know, he could have taken some contaminated medicine...I really hope Gasquet can provide some solid evidence that he has not been taking any banned substances.
Yeah, I remembered that after I typed it.
Interesting. I hope it turns out to be a false positive, I wouldn't want to see Richard gone for 2 years. I don't really think it'll be overly damaging for the sport though, nothing massive certainly. If it was Fed or Rafa then sure, but as mentioned, Gasquet isn't the same kind of household name.
If it is true no big loss. A blip on the radar in the big picture of tennis. The only place he will be remotedly missed is TW World where inexplicably he is one of the most overhyped players out there here. I laugh at some of the comments in this thread "a rising star of tennis", "so talented", LOL! He isnt even a top 20 player these days and most of the time, his stay in the top 10 was a cup of coffee one, even shorter than Blake's, he has one Wimbledon semi and no other quarters of slams, no Masters titles, and he is approaching 23. With Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro, Monfils, Tsonga, and others all his age group or younger he is not even a noteable rising star any longer. How would anyone care or it look bad for tennis. Only the most diehard tennis fans even know his name.
Hingis did the same thing, and while her hair sample proved her innocent, she still got the ban.
Oh there's always some fuss proportional to the name, but Gasquet isn't one of the big ones that can shake up the game. My point was it won't do anything to the sport, it's one guy who possibly got caught, it's not like there's cocaine epidemic going on.
definitely. it's just a bad situation.
Who cares. The guy is insignificant in the big picture of the ATP.
wow i cant believe gasquet would do something like this ( if its true)
I thought that was actually the way to test positive for heroin.
i care. he's a fool. he's throwing his career away because of the sanctions and his performances haven't been up to much lately either because of his lack of motivation, partying, and, apparently, drug use.
there are a few false positives for cocaine. I think certain antibiotics can but it would be easy to prove if he had been taking anything like that.
Poppy seeds CAN make you test positive for opiates, not Cocaine. The tests the ATP uses probably don't give a false positive on poppy seeds, it's only the general screening ones that do.
His 1HBH will be surely missed...
TBH, he's been going down hill since Wimbledon.
If it's true, it really, really sucks.
But to say he shouldn't be punished is just double standards. Come on guys.
Let's wait until the second test comes in.
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