Five-time Grand slam champion and current world number seven, Maria Sharapova has come out with a shocking announcement which said that she failed the dope test at Australian Open.
Maria said that she is not sure about the punishment that she will receive for her ‘mistake’ and said that a change in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list led to the violation.
“I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it, I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down. I let my sport down that I’ve been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply. I know that with this, I face consequences and I don’t want to end my career this way — and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game,” Sharapova said.
Meanwhile, the news fell as a big shock for most of the big fishes that use Sharapova for endorsments. Nike has already suspended their relationship with the tennis star.
“We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues,” the company said in an official statement.
Also, the International Tennis Federation has provisionally suspended Sharapova after the announcement.
“Ms. Sharapova will be provisionally suspended with effect from 12 March, pending determination of the case,” the ITF said.
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