At the urgent press conference held just moments ago in Los Angeles, Maria Sharapova, looking very sad and wearing all black (I first thought that she would, God forbid, announce a death of a family member), revealed that in January she failed a drug test and now her career is put on hold. So, the retirement speculations were not true. Maria emphasized that she does want to play again, but we’ll see what will happen in the process that is about to take place.
I don’t want to end my career this way and I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game.
Initially I was afraid we would have a Lance Armstrong story, but luckily that was not the development of this press conference. The story is that Maria started taking a medication called Mildronate back in 2006 for a variety of health issues. The medicine contains a substance called Meldonium and only this year has it become banned. Maria did receive a notice on December 22nd with an updated list of banned substances, but she didn’t look at it and now she’s paying the price. OMG, I’m thinking of all my agreements and Terms of Service I haven’t read.
Watch the press conference here:
As always, Maria was a class act. She took full responsibility for the situation. She didn’t blame the doctor, nor anyone from her team, just herself for not being more careful. What the consequences will be we’re yet to see, but I hope that they will be gentle to Maria, as I’m sure she didn’t do this on purpose.