Maria Sharapova Suspended From Tennis After Failing Drug Test
The tennis star says she tested positive for a banned substance earlier this year. The drug she took, Meldonium, became a banned substance in 2016.By Grant Suneson | March 7, 2016
Maria Sharapova shocked the tennis world when she held a press conference Monday to say that she had failed a drug test earlier this year.
"A few days ago, I received a letter from the ITF that I had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. I did fail the test, and I take full responsibility for it," Sharapova said at a press conference.
Sharapova went on to explain she had been taking a drug called Mildronate for a decade. Mildronate, also known as Meldonium, was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances in 2016.