French 'tennis drugs' trial opens

03-01-2006, 01:57 PM
Such a terrible thing to be happening. Anyone know if the two children are up and coming and likely to be future stars?

French 'tennis drugs' trial opens
A father is due in court in south-western France to face charges of drugging his children's tennis rivals, leading to the death of one player.
Christophe Fauviau, 46, is accused of spiking the water bottles of 27 of his children's opponents with a drug causing drowsiness, from 2000 to 2003.

He faces charges of unintentionally causing a death by administering noxious substances.

If found guilty, the retired soldier faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors will tell the court in Mont-de-Marsan that Mr Fauviau is suspected of drugging 21 rivals of his 13-year-old daughter, Valentine, and six of his son, Maxime, 15.

He allegedly used the drug Temesta - an anti-anxiety medicine which can cause drowsiness - to improve his children's chances in the matches.

All the opponents concerned, nine of them aged under 15, complained of weak knees, dizziness, nausea or fainting during the games. Some were later taken to hospital.

'Diminished responsibility'

Police investigations began after a player beaten by Maxime Fauviau died in a car crash while driving home after the amateur tournament in July 2003.

Twenty-five-year-old teacher Alexandre Lagardere had suddenly suffered great fatigue and loss of balance while playing the teenager.

Toxicology tests after the crash found traces of Temesta in his system.

On his arrest in August 2003, police said Mr Fauviau had admitted spiking the drinks of Mr Lagardere and two others.

Ahead of the trial, his defence lawyer, Pierre Blazy, said the prosecution would have to prove a direct link between the administration of the drug and Mr Lagardere's fatal crash.

Mr Blazy told France's Sud-Ouest newspaper that his client had been in a state of diminished responsibility at the time of the incident and had sought psychotherapy while in custody.

Suspicion quickly fell on Mr Fauviau, from the south-western town of Dax, because of complaints by two other players who had competed against Maxime in preceding weeks.

One allegedly saw Mr Fauviau tampering with water bottle before the game and gave it to police. It tested positive for Temesta.

The ex-helicopter pilot was said to be devoted to the tennis careers of his children, particularly that of Valentine, who was already high in the rankings.

A verdict is expected in the case on 10 March.

03-01-2006, 08:33 PM
Some desperate french coachs could try this option... :bolt:

03-02-2006, 12:38 AM
That's just freaky and wrong.

03-02-2006, 04:17 AM
Some desperate french coachs could try this option... :bolt:

:lol: Which coach are you thinking about, Marine? :aplot:

I hope they are not that despesperate.
This whole story is awful.

03-02-2006, 04:19 AM
Such a terrible thing to be happening. Anyone know if the two children are up and coming and likely to be future stars?

I don't remember their names, but I think the daughter was a promising young player.
Edit: Her name is in the article.

03-02-2006, 06:27 AM
What is wrong with that guy!

03-02-2006, 11:53 AM
It's good they got stopped before they reached ATP/WTA tournaments...

03-10-2006, 12:40 PM
It seems that ten years is not a sufficient punishment when a person has been killed, on addition to all the druggin. But hopefully it will bring some changes (like limit parent to be at the court) in the junior tournament!

03-10-2006, 02:55 PM
its sad to hear stuff like this

03-10-2006, 04:46 PM
ATP should be careful because Coria's team might want to do the same now that they heard of the idea.