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Tennis ace cleared of rape in US

PUBLISHED: 16:16 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:00 25 August 2010

CHARGES have been dropped against a tennis player who was facing a life sentence in the USA after being accused of rape.

CHARGES have been dropped against a tennis player who was facing a life sentence in the USA after being accused of rape.

Bromley tennis ace Christopher Doerr, 20, who played for Bexley Tennis Club, was told by a judge in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi last Tuesday that there was not enough evidence to continue prosecuting him.

His father, Richard Doerr, said: "Chris is just so happy. We always knew he was innocent and we are just glad that the American justice system has worked."

The Orpington-born player is in his third year studying journalism on a tennis scholarship at Mississippi State University.

It was alleged that he had taken a fellow student back to his halls of residence in November and raped her. Mr Doerr always protested his innocence, as did his friends and family.

Speaking at the time of his arrest, his close friend, Sean Thornley, 19, said: "There is no way this is true. We are all completely behind him.

"He is the last person you would expect this to be true of. He's a kind boy who is very respectable and polite.

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