Rafael Nadal's lawsuit against former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot, who accused him of doping, will be judged next year, judicial sources said. The case will be heard before a Paris court on July 7, 2017.
Bachelot, who served as sports minister between 2007 and 2010, alleged that Nadal faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test.
"I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. No more," the 14-time Grand Slam champion said, adding that he expected better of a person who was "minister of a big country and a great country like France". Nadal, 29, has never failed a drug test and has always vehemently denied taking a banned substance.
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French ex minister Bachelot to stand trial in 2017 over Nadal doping scandal
EFE - The French ex-sports minister Roselyne Bachelot will stand trial in a Paris court after she accused Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal of doping.
News of the upcoming court case was confirmed to EFE by Nadal's French lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve.
The defendant, who will come before the courts July 7, 2017, said this was a "reasonable" timeframe for this sort of legal procedure.
Bachelot, who was the French Sports minister between 2007 and 2010, accused Nadal last March without providing any proof.
She based her accusation on the months Nadal was inactive in 2012 after injuring a knee.
"It is known that Rafael Nadal's injury, which forced him to convalesce for seven months, was really a positive doping control," said Bachelot during a debate on French TV channel D8.
Nadal sued the French ex-minister on April 25 for defamation and said "Nobody can say something like that without information."
"The only way to stop this sort of speculative talk is to take the matter to the courts," Nadal said.
Last April, the Spanish tennis player sent a letter asking the International Tennis Federation to make public all his drug test records.