Nadal announces plans to sue

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Rafael Nadal reacts during his second-round victory over Gilles Muller at Indian Wells; Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has grown tired of being mired with accusations of doping.

The Spanish 14-time Grand Slam champion has vowed to sue former French minister for health and sports Roselyne Bachelot and anyone else who makes unfounded accusations against him.

Bachelot reportedly said on French television that Nadal’s injury-induced hiatus from the tour in the second half of 2012 was in fact the result of a doping ban.

“There is a couple of times I heard comments like this, and … this gonna be the last one, because I gonna sue her. I am tired about these things,” he told the media at Indian Wells.

“I let it go a few times in the past. Not more, you know. I know how tough I worked to be here.

“To [hear] 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 comment something similar in the future, because I am tired of that.

“I have been working so much since I have five years old, all my career, to have the success that I had, and always with the right way, always practicing with passion, with intensity, with love for the game.”

Nadal remains alive at the BNP Paribas Open and will take on doubles partner Fernando Verdasco in round three.

Verdasco ended Nadal’s Australian Open campaign in the first round in January.

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