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Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova has tested positive for drug use.

Sharapova held a press conference prior to the Australian Open to announce that she had tested positive for a meldonium.

“For the past 10 years I have been taking a medicine called mildronate by my doctor, my family doctor, and a few days ago after I received the letter from the ITF [International Tennis Federation] I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know,” the five-time Grand Slam champion told the media on Monday.

Sharapova claims that meldonium was legal for many years but became a prohibited substance in 2016.

The Russian-born star also added, “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.”

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