Vastavam web: Rafael Nadal is seeking 100,000 euros ( 118,000) in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she accused the Spanish tennis legend of a dope test cover-up.Nadal is suing Bachelot, who served as sports minister between 2007 and 2010, over remarks in March 2016 on French television.The player’s lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, told the court that the doping accusation could have had “major consequences” for Nadal concerning his “existing or future sponsors”.
Maisonneuve said his client had “asked me to put to bed once and for all what Mrs Bachelot said by passing on to you his medical file” which he said revealed a very serious left knee injury.He added: “There is a vast gap between the success he enjoys and the weakness of anti-doping controls.”What sponsor has abandoned Rafael Nadal because of these comments? None,” he claimed, suggesting the court award symbolic damages to Nadal if his client is found guilty of one euro.”I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. No more.” He added that he expected better of a person who was “minister of a big country and a great country like France”.
“If somebody like her, who should be serious, can say this stupid stuff then now is the moment to say, ‘OK, from now everybody who is going to speak of this kind of stuff with no proof then I’m going to do the same and take legal action against that person.’