French tennis player Richard Gasquet has acknowledged of being told he tested positive for cocaine but says he's innocent.
"I am gathering together proof of my innocence and I will choose an appropriate moment to express myself," Gasquet said in a statement yesterday.
He said the "B" sample from the tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida, confirmed the result of the "A" sample taken the same day.
The website of sports daily L'Equipe had reported on Saturday that traces of the banned drug were found in the 22-year-old Gasquet's urine sample at the Sony Ericsson Open, where he pulled out after the first round.
The French tennis federation called the report "very surprising" and said on Sunday that it would wait for official confirmation before taking any action against him.
Gasquet cited a right shoulder injury when he withdrew before his second-round match against Albert Montanes of Spain. He could face a two-year ban, or a three-month ban if the tests reveal the drug was consumed out of competition.
"I know his lifestyle and this surprises me enormously as it's not like him," French tennis player Fabrice Santoro told Europe 1 radio station.