Maria Sharapova admits failing drugs test at Australian Open
"I have let my fans down, and let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply."
"I received a letter on 22 December from WADA for the changes next year and where the tests will be with a link to the changes for 2016, and I did not look at that list.
Wow. Classy of @MariaSharapova to hold a press conference for this and admit making a mistake. Definitely agree that have to be aware though— James Blake (@JRBlake) March 7, 2016
Amid fielding questions from gathered media, Sharapova said: "It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on WADA's banned list and I had been legally taking that medicine for the past 10 years.
Still stunned that nobody on Shazza team checked new list from wada, players are responsible but this is big time oversight on team as well— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) March 7, 2016
"But on 1 January the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known."
Tennis Anti-Doping Programme statement regarding Maria Sharapovahttps://t.co/ItmFaETc0U— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) March 7, 2016
She is the richest sportswoman in the world and earnt 21 million pounds last year according to Forbes, with her business interests and endorsements earning her fame and fortune beyond tennis.
Sharapova Announces That She Failed Doping Test, -hope this gets cleared up as it seems 2 me to be an honest mistake https://t.co/nsfGkxDzGp— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 7, 2016
She reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, but lost in straight sets to Serena Williams. It was on that day – 26 January – that she provided the positive sample.
If this medication helped me to comeback again would everyone be alright with me taking it?— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016
I'm pretty sure if this was a track & field athlete they'd be getting a much rawer deal than Sharapova.However it is what it is. #Sharapova— Kelly Sotherton (@KellySotherton) March 7, 2016