On the highly anticipated press conference, Maria Sharapova announced she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova was informed by the International Tennis Federation that she had tested positive Meldonium, a drug that Maria had used since 2006 due some health problems and family history of diabetes. The substance was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances on Jan. 1, 2016. Maria had been legally taking the drug for ten years.
At this point, Maria doesn’t know yet what will be the penalty or how long she will be out of the tour.
On late December 2015, Maria Sharapova received an email that informed her of the new substances added to the list, but she consciously decided not to read it.
“I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to end my career this way.”
Her parents were also presented at the press conference.
Maria also made a public apology to her fans.
As a fan of Maria for over ten years, I can safely say that this only makes me appreciate her courage even more after facing the press with this news. My support for her now will be stronger and I cannot wait to report the news that she will be back on court.