Nadal suing former French minister

Posted at 11:53 AM, Apr 25, 2016

MADRID (AP) -- Rafael Nadal is suing a former French minister who accused him of doping, saying he needs to defend his integrity and image as an athlete.

The player says he filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Roselyne Bachelot, France's former minister for health and sport.

Bachelot said on French television last month that the Spaniard's seven-month injury hiatus in 2012 was "probably due to a positive doping test."

The 14-time Grand Slam champion says the lawsuit is intended to keep "any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished."