Rafa Roundup: This Is What Happens When You Accuse Rafa Of Doping Without Providing Any Evidence

Rafael Nadal taking a break to play some soccer at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 10, 2016.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Rafael Nadal taking a break to play some soccer at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Thursday, March 10, 2016.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)

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The fourth seed and three-time champion saved 11 of 14 break points to beat fellow left-hander Gilles Muller 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 14 minutes for a place in the third round. It was their fifth meeting, and their first since the 2011 US Open.

I’m very happy for the victory after my last three matches that I’ve lost have been in three sets or five sets,” said Nadal, after his ninth match win of the season.

Very happy about the attitude during the whole match. Have been very tough to play with that conditions and against a player who serves very well and who goes to the net. It’s obvious these conditions help the player who normally plays less from the baseline. So just was a great victory for me.

“Especially the last two games of the match were very important, obviously. I was able to play more aggressive with more determination. That’s something that stays in my mind and is very positive.”

The 14-time Grand Slam winner, 29, says he will sue anyone else who alleges “something similar in the future”.

Nadal says he is tired of the allegations and is no longer prepared to let them pass unchallenged.

“A minister of France should be serious,” he said. “This time is the time to go against her. We are going to sue her.

“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 any more.”

“I don’t know what the woman’s motives are for saying what she did, but it’s obvious that she knows nothing about tennis and the sports world”, railed ‘uncle Toni’.

The man who mentored the so-called king of clay, the former world number one and current fifth-ranked player on the ATP Tour, also confirmed that the Nadal camp intends to sue Bachelot. “Rafa’s lawyer is already hard at work preparing to take the strongest possible action. [It’s like now] instead of proving guilt, you have to prove innocence. The woman is a moron”, the 55-year-old added.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Gilles Muller in three sets at Indian Wells

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  • Rafael Nadal to sue former French government minister over doping allegations | The Quint

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30 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: This Is What Happens When You Accuse Rafa Of Doping Without Providing Any Evidence

  1. In this World today, unfortunately, there are loads of envious, jealous, unhappy n disillusioned people like this woman, who unjustly hurt people n get away with murder, n I hope Rafa’s legal team take her to the cleaners! She hates Rafa, ’cause amongst other things, France loves Rafa n Rafa loves n respects France. Vamos Rafa we love n respect you for what you are, a gentleman n true sportsman with an unblemished record. Your Aussie Abuela. xxx 😊☺️😇🎈🎈🎈

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  2. I’m extremely happy Rafa is going to sue that French Minister!!! First of all, I’m furious about all the comments I’ve read about in the past on this subject, knowing full well that Rafa has not EVER doped in order to play tennis. This will put an end to all the calumnious remarks on this subject.

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  3. Maria

    Rafa is absolutely right to sue the stupid woman for trying to blacken his name perhaps it’s sour grapes because Rafa has won the French Open for 9 years stopping any French player winning it (joking) . Maybe they should spend more time on the players and the match fixing . Novak was the top ten player named and to be truthful some of his matches are a bit iffy yesterday’s first set being one of them

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  4. OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) :; ) : ) : ) Enjoy your beautiful victories & keep your precious focus and passion!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) We have followed you since you first arrives on the Tennis scene & never stropped admiring your bright career & your extraordinary beautiful SPORTSMANSHIP. You have earned such solid reputation & respect with your good character and good deeds !!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Over & over again we hear during match coverage the commentators mention what a gentleman and a nice humble player you are. LAST NIGHT in fact, during your Sunday match vs. Gilles Muller, your humbled ways were once again a topic mentioned during the match coverage and the commentator said how refreshing that is. Indeed, you are a super humbled nice guy , very friendly & cordial to everybody in the Tennis circuit. Certainly, no one has ever generated so much popularity & public admiration in the way that you naturally elicit. It is totally enticing and mighty attractive to witness your exquisite love for life, love for fun, and your genuine energy for doing good!!!!! : ) : ) : ) You are an open, feisty genuine player & your passion & determination are rare as your creative beautiful TENNIS!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU HAVE US MILLION OF FANS BEHIND YOU & your decision to sue that type of irresponsible, despicable blabbing. Make sure to please keep all of that legal stuff as a side component. You just keep your bright, intelligent mind on your on going blessed life & enjoy your goodness of heart & character. Your brilliant Tennis, immense charity work, & your upcoming Tennis Academy are all extraordinary & highly admired & appreciated!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Enjoy it all & God bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) You are one very special person sweetheart & a brilliant Champion and many of us Global Tennis fans adore you & passionately enjoy your success On & OFF the courts. KUDOS DEAR RAFA & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    Have lots & lots & lots of fun playing Ver it will be a fantastic match for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 : ) 🙂 : ) : )

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  5. elaine

    Well done Rafa you are right to take action. We are all behind you. Even the manager of Real Madrid has released a statement endorsing your decision! Vamos Rafa!

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  6. J Beer

    I again stipulate, a lawsuit only makes sense for Nadal, if he opens up and brings in more than he needs to formally win. Nobody is interested in hearing this lady say ‘I cannot prove it’. What Rafa needs to have his name cleaned, is blood samples of 12 years of his career, from each possible period, to be chosen by an independent third party. Winning a lawsuit Lance Armstrong style is useless. Open up all the books, put everything on the table. Silence the doctor F. rumors too.

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      1. Abu Parker

        you miss the point, Sara, …. this is an opportunity for Rafa to shut his detractors up, once and for all. It will go a long way to utterly discredit this loser french bitch and possibly increase the resulting damages amount awarded, since she will not be able to counter at all.

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    1. Connie

      Well said Jason, it is the only course of action to silence those awful people who make such remarks. Go sue her and anyone else in the future who make similar accusations and let Rafa concentrate on improving his tennis.

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  7. Glenda

    100% agree to sew the ex-minister! If you are clean, you don’t have to be afraid of anything! I watch the match yesterday, in the third set Rafa shows some confidence and was determined to win. But still he has to make some changes, be aggressive with the FH and try to place the ball more in both corners! Sometimes you have to surprise your opponent, that’s what Rafa has to do! But still for me, the greatest tennis player ever and a fan 4 ever!

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  8. Betty Walsh

    I think Rafa is right to sue her. No one should make these remarks if they have no proof. Sure that some players ( in all sports) abuse and break the rules, but unfair and foolish to make these remarks

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  9. Teruko Nakamura

    I can feel how frustrating you are.
    Put such a hussle on Lawyers.
    You are only concentrate winning tennis.
    Show her how you are strong
    All your fan always believe you because you are a fair person and everybody loves you.

    Anger creats another power.

    Fight back ! ! !

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  10. Kind of shocking really to see someone on the level of a minister say these ridiculously stupid things. I hope Rafa sues her for everything she has and I hope she suffers for making these ridiculous claims. She deserves to go to prison for these statements. You don’t go and blame someone for cheating without an ounce of evidence. That’s not ok.

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  11. Gen

    RAFA, has given so much and SUFFERED so much for the sport and he has been a gentleman in defeat and humble in victory.

    RAFA, take her down- you have waited and endured and now your wrath will be felt.

    100% support

    RAFA fan forever.

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  12. Zindy

    VAMOS Great decision I know you don´t need but if i was you will punish her economically so her feel punishment in his skin! bitch liar

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  13. Connie

    Good on you Rafa, she nor anyone else for that matter had the right to state unsubstantiated comments like this. The only way is to sue her and/or anyone who makes such unfounded statements. You are right to take this course of action against her and any moron who tries something similar in the future. They clearly do not know you or what your impeccable character is like. Vamos and also good luck against Verdasco.

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  14. srinivas

    good for you Rafa. Get her to shut up and hide. She owes you & the world of tennis & sports in general an unqualified apology. Disgusting. if she has the proof then let her back her wretched comments .If not let her pay thro her nose for slander and apologize. Disgusting lady.

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