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French tennis star Alize Cornet to fight anti-doping violation charge

French tennis star Alize Cornet to fight anti-doping violation charge
Cornet will fight the charge (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Alize Cornet has been charged by the International Tennis Federation for missing three drugs tests within 12 months but the French tennis star insists she missed them for ‘valuable reasons’.

Players must be available for out-of-competition testing for one hour every day under the whereabouts rule, but the 28-year-old missed three during a year-long period.

If she’s found guilty, Cornet may be handed a suspension of up to two years by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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The case will be heard in March, although she can continue playing in tournaments until that point.

However, the world No. 42 won’t compete for her country in the Fed Cup against Belgium next month.

A statement from Cornet read: ‘Dear all, I wanted to let you know personally what is happening to me right now.

‘Last October, I got a 3rd “no show” from the Anti Doping Agency and the ITF, which means that among the 20 anti doping controls that I had in the 2017 season, which were all negative of course, I missed three unannounced controls at home because of valuable reasons that the ITF didn’t want to hear.

‘My case will be presented in a hearing in March that will determine the rest of my season. I will continue my tournaments normally till then, nevertheless I won’t be able to represent my country at the next Fed Cup event due to a clause in the ITF law.

‘I will keep you updated and promise you to stay strong during this tough time.’

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