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2004 Mar 16 - Rusedski demands ATP take action

Fresh from being cleared of knowingly using performance enhancing drugs, Greg Rusedski has hit out at the governing body of tennis, the ATP. Greg said:

"I knew I was innocent from day one. I came out fighting. I knew I'd done nothing wrong."

The British No.2 may be looking for a job after his tennis playing career is over as he has already offered his services to the ATP in an attempt to avoid this type of situation occurring with any other players. Greg added:

"We're trying to get to an agreement between us and I'd like to get involved with the ATP.

"The players need to understand what's going on and it's important that we work together to find a way to resolve this."

In light of the apparent out of court settlement between the ATP and Czech player Bohdan Ulihrach which occurred in almost identical circumstances, Greg said:

"They (the ATP) have to be able to do something to get my career on track.

"I haven't played on the circuit.

Greg is now clear to play for Britain against Luxembourg in the Davis Cup on the 9th April but was sceptical about his chances of playing. He said:

"I don't know if my fitness will be good enough. I've spoken to our captain Jeremy Bates and I'm more than willing to be there if my fitness allows."

Jeremy Bates (British Davis Cup Captain) was upbeat about the possibility of drafting the British No.2 back into the team. He said:

"I don't think anyone can imagine the emotions he's been through.

"Everyone would want him there as he's a consummate professional.

"He's a great influence on all the other members of the team, his doubles record is particularly good. Although his body's sore, he's injury free and he's keen to play.

"I have no hesitation in the time we've got that he'll get into shape."

Greg's career would have been in tatters had he not been able to prove his innocence, therefore he values the opportunity to compete at the one tournament that really matters to any British tennis player, the Wimbledon Championships. Greg said:

"I would love to have two more shots at Wimbledon.

"I love going on out on Centre Court and having the British public behind me. There's no better place. I plan to play for the next year and a half and see after that."


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