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Publish all my drug test results, Nadal tells ITF

April 27, 2016 09:08 IST

'Please make public my biological passport, my complete history of Anti-Doping controls and tests'

'From now on I ask you to communicate when I am tested and the results as soon as they are ready from your labs'

'The ITF can confirm that Mr. Nadal has never failed a test under the TADP and has not been suspended at any time for an anti-doping rule violation (or for any other reason related to the TADP)'

Rafael Nadal

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal reacts on winning a point. Photograph: atpworldtour.com

Rafael Nadal has asked the International Tennis Federation to publish the results of his drug tests following an accusation of doping by a former French cabinet minister.

The 14-times grand slam champion said on Monday he was suing Roselyne Bachelot, a former health, sports and social affairs minister, after she alleged the Spaniard had failed a drugs test.

The Spaniard wrote to the ITF asking his drug test results to be made public, British media have reported.

"It is necessary that our sport becomes a flagship in a world where TRANSPARENCY and HONESTY are two pillars of our conduct and way of living," Nadal wrote in the letter addressed to ITF president David Haggerty.

"I believe the time has arrived and our sport and our governing bodies need to step up in communicating well to the world," Nadal's letter continued.

"I know how many times I am tested, on and off competition. Please make all my information public. Please make public my biological passport, my complete history of Anti-Doping controls and tests.

"From now on I ask you to communicate when I am tested and the results as soon as they are ready from your labs.

"I also encourage you to start filing lawsuits if there is any misinformation spread by anyone. It can't be free anymore in our tennis world to speak and to accuse without evidence,” the 29-year-old as saying.

Nadal has never failed a drug test.

The ITF declined Nadal's request but said the player was free to publish them himself.

"The ITF has received a letter from Rafael Nadal that includes a request to release his personal test results under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP)," the federation said in a statement.

"The ITF can confirm that Mr. Nadal has never failed a test under the TADP and has not been suspended at any time for an anti-doping rule violation (or for any other reason related to the TADP).

"Mr Nadal, as all other players who are subject to the TADP, has access to his anti-doping records through WADA's ADAMS database and is free to make them available. The accuracy of any such release would be verified by the ITF," it added.

Failed drug tests in elite tennis are rare but doping has been in the spotlight since former women's world number one Maria Sharapova announced last month she had returned a positive test for banned substance meldonium.

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