In yet another ''only in Miami'' story, French tennis player Richard Gasquet had his two-year drug ban lifted Wednesday after only two months because an international tribunal ruled that he had inadvertently ingested cocaine while kissing a woman he didn't know at South Beach nightclub SET during the Sony Ericsson Open in late March.
Gasquet, ranked No. 23, had withdrawn from the tournament with a shoulder injury on March 28, partied at SET and then visited downtown strip club Goldrush with friends. He claimed he hooked up with a woman named ''Pamela,'' whom he kissed seven times between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., and that is how the small amount of cocaine entered his system.
The tribunal, which met in London, bought the story. ''His denial was convincing and, in our judgment, completely truthful,'' they wrote.
``We conclude . . . more likely than not that the cocaine detected in the player's urine sample entered by means of Pamela's kissing in the period between from about 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. that morning. If the cocaine had been ingested earlier, the quantity was so small and the half-life of the drug is so short, it would have been undetectable in the player's urine.''