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Biggest scandals in tennis history

Espresso Logo By Adam Bisby of Espresso | Slide 1 of 15: When France’s former Health and Sport Minister Roselyne Bachelot told French TV that Rafael Nadal's seven-month injury hiatus in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test,” the Spanish Olympic Committee fired back with a statement saying Nadal “has been submitted to innumerable anti-doping controls that he has always passed throughout his long career.” Miguel Cardenal, the president of Spain's Higher Sports Council, calls Bachelot’s accusations ''slander of one of the most important athletes in history,” while Nadal's coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, called Bachelot ''an imbecile.'' Nadal, meanwhile, is suing Bachelot for defamation. "I am tired about these things. I let it go a few times in the past. No more," the 15-time Grand Slam champion said.

Think Daniel Evans’ cocaine revelation is the worst scandal in pro tennis history? It’s not even close. From match fixing and umpire abuse to stabbings and trysts, the history of the world’s most popular racquet sport is full of naughty, nasty and even criminal behaviour.

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