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Tennis:  Rusedski Threatens Legal Action Against ATP - 2004-03-16

British tennis player Greg Rusedski says he might take legal action against the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) after he was exonerated last week of a doping charge.

The former U.S. Open finalist says he is in discussions with the ATP to "try to get my career back."

Last Wednesday, an independent panel accepted and agreed with Rusedski's explanation of his positive test that showed the use of the steroid nandrolone. The 30-year-old Rusedski blamed the ATP trainers for supplying him with the supplements. As a result of the panel's decision, Rusedski became the eighth tennis player to escape suspension from the sport.

The Canadian-born player, who became a British citizen in 1995, has been off the courts since losing in the first round of the Australian Open in January. As a result he has slipped to 100 on the ranking chart which means he is forced to qualify for major tournaments.

Rusedski has ruled himself out of playing in the Nasdaq 100 Open in Miami, Florida next week, but he is thinking about playing in Britain's Davis Cup match against Luxembourg on April 9-11.