Tennis news: Rafael Nadal to sue former French minister over doping remarks

Rafael Nadal's integrity was questioned by former French health and sport minister Roselyn Bachelot.

Rafael Nadal has publicly confirmed that he has taken a decision to sue former French health and sport minister Roselyn Bachelot after she accused the tennis star of testing positive for performance enhancing drugs during his lengthy absence between 2012 and 2013.

The current World No 5 was out of action for close to seven months, which saw him miss Grand Slams and even Olympic games. Bachelot told Canal+ that the Spaniard was out of action not due to medical reasons, but for failing a test earlier in his career.

Nadal is currently at the 2016 Indian Wells and has progressed further in the tournament after defeating Giles Muller in the second round. The 29-year-old has slammed Bachelot and has decided to take action against her after she pinpointed towards the player's integrity towards the sport.

"There is a couple of times I heard comments like this, and that's what – this gonna be the last one, because I gonna sue her," Nadal explained.

"I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. Not more you know. I know how tough I worked to be here. To listen, to heard those comments from a person that should be serious, because was minister of a big country and a great country like France. So I gonna sue her, and I gonna sue everyone who gonna comments something similar in the future, because I am tired of that."

"A minister of France should be serious. This time is the time to go against her. We gonna sue her, and since the day after day I tell you that everyone who has another comment in this way gone happen the same, because that's too much for me."