Tennis ace in court over rape claim

PUBLISHED: 15:28 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 August 2010

A BRITISH tennis player accused of rape was due to appear in a US court on Tuesday.

A BRITISH tennis player accused of rape was due to appear in a US court on Tuesday.

Orpington-born Christopher Doerr, 20, who played for Bexley tennis club, was to attend a preliminary hearing in Mississippi to decide whether he should stand trial.

He was expected to come face-to-face with his alleged victim, aged 20, who claims she was raped after a party at his college accommodation at Mississippi State University on November 15 last year.

Mr Doerr, from Bromley, was not expected to give evidence but prosecutors and the complainant were to describe the alleged attack before a judge at Oktibbeha County Justice Court in Starkville, Mississippi to decide whether the case should go to trial.

The sportsman, who reached number 11 in the English rankings, faces life in prison if convicted.

He also faces a charge of supplying alcohol to a minor. Drinking is illegal for those aged under 21 in the southern state.

Since his arrest, Mr Doerr has continued with his law course at the university where he won a scholarship but has been suspended from playing with the college's tennis team.

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