Five-time Grand Slam tennis champion Maria Sharapova said Monday she fizzled a moron test at the Australian Open, and isn’t certain what discipline she’ll face for her “tremendous misstep.”
The previous world number one from Russia said an adjustment in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned rundown for 2016 prompted an incidental infringement, for which she will be “temporarily suspended” by the International Tennis Federation.
In an indication of what the undertaking could intend to Sharapova’s mass of cash turning supports, US sportswear creator Nike said it was “disheartened and shocked” by the news.
“We have chosen to suspend our association with Maria while the examination proceeds.”
Sharapova tried positive for Meldonium, a medication she said she had been taking following 2006 yet was just added to the banned rundown this year.
“I failed the test and I assume full liability for it,” Sharapova said at a question and answer session at a downtown Los Angeles inn.
“I committed a tremendous error. I let my fans down. I let my game down that I’ve been playing following the age of four that I adore so profoundly,” included Sharapova, her voice faltering.
“I realize that with this, I confront outcomes and I would prefer not to end my vocation along these lines and I truly trust I will be given another opportunity to play this diversion.”
The ITF affirmed in an announcement that Sharapova had tried positive on January 26 and had acknowledged the finding when she was advised on March 2.
“Ms Sharapova will be temporarily suspended with impact from 12 March, pending determination of the case,” the ITF said.
Sharapova said she was collaborating with the ITF and did not yet know the degree of the authorizations she would confront.
Her lawyer, John Haggerty, said the positive test could convey a boycott of up to four years, yet that relieving circumstances could see a lesser punishment.
Shamil Tarpishchev, leader of the Russian tennis league, told the TASS news organization he trusted Sharapova would in any case have an opportunity to play at the Rio Olympics in August.
‘Exceptionally disheartened’: WTA supervisor –
Sharapova, 28, burst onto the universal scene as she snickered and snorted her way to the Wimbledon crown in 2004.
She won the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.
Her savagery on the court, business astuteness and charming looks have all consolidated to make her a promoting juggernaut and the supervisor of such fruitful endeavors as her Sugarpova line of confection.
She has 35 WTA singles titles, more than $36 million in profession profit and is at present positioned seventh on the planet.
“I am extremely disheartened to hear this news about Maria,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in an announcement.
“Maria is a pioneer and I have constantly known her to be a lady of awesome honesty. All things considered, as Maria recognized, it is each player’s obligation to comprehend what they put in their body and to know whether it is allowable.”
Australian tennis authorities likewise said they were amazed to discover that Sharapova tried positive in Melbourne.
“All through her vocation Maria has constantly inspired with her polished methodology as a pioneer and good example in our game,” Tennis Australia said in an announcement, noticing she had said she was readied to “face the outcomes” of the outcome.
Sharapova said she initially started taking Meldonium for an assortment of side effects, including a propensity to end up sick regularly, an unpredictable EKG heart test and a family history of diabetes.
Meldonium is utilized to treat heart inconvenience, including angina and heart disappointment.
In adding it to the banned rundown, the World Anti-Doping Agency said there was proof it has been utilized by competitors with the goal of improving execution.
A series of games figures have tried positive for it this year, including Russian ice artist Ekaterina Bobrova, Ukrainian biathletes Artem Tyshchenko and Olga Abramova and Ethiopian-conceived Swede Abebe Aregawi, the 2013 ladies’ 1500m best on the planet.
Full obligation –
Sharapova has battled with wounds amid her vocation and has played only three competitions since Wimbledon a year ago.
She hauled out of the 2015 US Open with a leg harm and pulled back from the competition beginning this week in Indian Wells, California with a left lower arm damage.
Her latest match was her Australian Open quarter-last misfortune to long-lasting opponent Serena Williams.
Monday’s abrupt announcement question and answer session promising a “noteworthy declaration” had started theory that Sharapova may get ready to report her retirement.
“In the event that I was steadily going to report my retirement it would most likely not be in a downtown Los Angeles lodging with this genuinely monstrous rug,” she said in a contemptible endeavor to help things up.
Else, she was grave.
“I need to assume full liability for it,” Sharapova said. “Toward the end of day, all that you do is about you.”