FORMER French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot has been ordered to pay ATP World Number One Rafael Nadal €12,000 in damages over a doping allegation.
Nadal, who recently pulled out of the ATP Tour Finals with a knee injury, sued Bachelot for damages after claiming comments she made in a TV interview last year were harmful to his image.
The Spaniard had initially sought €100,000 in damages and now said that he will donate the compensation in full to a French charity.
Bachelot was also issued with a €500 suspended fine after the judge ruled that she was guilty of defamation.
In a statement posted on social media, Nadal said: “As you can see in the media, today is a happy day for me, my team and my fans.
“The French justice has resolved the case in favour of my honesty and integrity as a sports player.
“I want to thank all of you who believed in me. As I said before, the money from the fine will be donated to a French NGO.”