French tennis player Alize Cornet cleared of doping charge
ABS-CBN Sports on May 16, 2018 09:19 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018 file photo France's Alize Cornet makes a backhand return to Belgium's Elise Mertens during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Cornet has been dropped from France's Fed Cup team for next month's tie against Belgium after missing three out-of-competition doping tests in the past year.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill,File)
LONDON (AP) — Former top-20 tennis player Alize Cornet has been cleared of a doping charge by an independent tribunal.
The International Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the decision was made because a doping control officer "did not satisfy all of the requirements" in trying to locate Cornet, a 28-year-old from France, for what originally was considered a third missed out-of-competition drug test in a 12-month span.
Missing three tests in a year is considered a doping offense.
The investigation of Cornet came to light in January.
She has been ranked as high as No. 11, in 2009, and is currently No. 32.
Cornet has won five WTA titles.