Maria Sharapova didn’t retire–but she did fail a drug test
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 7, 2016
Top-ranking tennis superstar Maria Sharapova just announced that she failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open.
— AJE Sport (@AJE_Sport) March 7, 2016
She said that she was notified by the International Tennis Federation about a January test, and failed on account of changes to tennis’s program doping requirements.
Sharapova has long taken Meldonium, for a magnesium deficiency, which was just recently added to the list in December.
If you're going to get busted for a drug, meldonium is the one. Was legal until two months ago. Unlikely to affect Sharapova's legacy.
— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) March 7, 2016
Meldonium is a drug used to increase exercise endurance, typically used for heart patients. It has not been approved by the FDA for athletes to use the way Sharapova uses it.
Meldonium is a drug? I thought it was where Maria Sharapova was born.
— Peyton=Yes Trump=No (@BigHeadSports) March 7, 2016
Meldonium sounds fantastic. Where can I get some?
— Will (@WillMcHoebag) March 7, 2016
She held a press conference today where she came clean, so to speak.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 7, 2016
So Serena gets accused of taking steroids, Sharapova can't beat her, but Sharapova is the one failing drug tests? pic.twitter.com/xxuZzhReGo
— B (@_BSmoov_) March 7, 2016
A lot of people had expected her to announce her retirement, but she announced the failed drug test instead--and said nope, she's not retiring just yet.
Sharapova says she's working with ITF on her penalty, but will not retire: "I don't want to end my career this way." pic.twitter.com/jLD7Y9Yzgx
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) March 7, 2016
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