FFT asks Tauziat to step down

by: Matt Cronin November 25, 2012

The French Tennis Federation has asked former Wimbledon finalist Nathalie Tauziat to step down from its management committee after she testified in favor of former tennis coach Regis de Camaret, who was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for raping young female players.

“Nathalie Tauziat’s statement at the trial was deeply disturbing. On Monday we will ask her to resign from the management committee,” FFT director general Gilbert Ysern told reporters on Saturday.

Tauziat testified that she had not seen anything at the time de Camaret was coaching and that she did not believe his accusers, including her former doubles partner Isabelle Demongeot. De Camaret was convicted of raping two female players then aged 12 and 13. Twenty of his former pupils accused him of rape, attempted rape, or fondling between 1977 and 1989.

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