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Nadal threatens to sue former French MP

Roselyne Bachelot said Rafael Nadal’s absence from the court was ‘probably due to a positive doping test.

FILE: Rafael Nadal. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Rafael Nadal plans to sue ex-French government minister Roselyne Bachelot who said his seven-month absence in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test".

Bachelot who was formerly the Minister of Health and Sports in the government of Nicolas Sarkozy made the comments last week fresh off the back of Maria Sharapova's failed drug test.

She said, "When you see a tennis player stopping for months, it's because there's been a positive control."

Nadal was upset by the comments and said, "A minister of France should be serious, time is the time to go against her. We are going to sue her."

The Spaniard also indicated who would not accept comments like these in the future saying, "This is going to be the last one, because I'm going to sue her. I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. Not anymore."

Following Sharapova's admission last week of a failed test, the 14 time grand slam winner said, "I am a completely clean guy. I have never had the temptation of doing something wrong."

The former world Number 1 has never failed a drugs test but has been the subject of speculation that he dopes.