Tennis player Gasquet ain't no dope

Fri, Dec 18

The members of the Court of Arbitration for Sport probably thought they'd heard it all when it came to athletes appealing positive drug tests. Then, Richard Gasquet showed up.

Richard Gasquet
ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images'Tip your cocktail waitress, but don't trust her.'

For those that don't follow tennis regularly (or at all), the 23-year-old Frenchman tested positive for cocaine in March after the Sony Ericcson Open. Rather than the clichéd and very rarely successful "I didn't do it" approach that so many before him have tried, Gasquet instead offered one of the more creative doping explanations we've heard in awhile: The Miami cocktail waitress he made out with the night before must have been doing the drug -- and contaminated him.

Although not one parent in the world would buy such an excuse, the CAS dismissed the case on Thursday. Experts from both sides apparently found it at least within the realm of possibilities.

Whether you believe Gasquet's story, it has to rank as one of the all-time best doping excuses. He even trumped Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, who lost his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana, but had it quickly restored when officials were somehow convinced his secondhand-smoke explanation was plausible.

Of course, it's not as creative as cyclist Tyler Hamilton's "I had a twin who died in the womb" excuse or AC Milan forward Marco Borriello's "fatal sex" claim.

But then again, Gasquet's excuse actually worked.