Tennis star Maria Sharapova won’t be hitting the court for a while. The five-time Grand Slam champion has been suspended for two years for failing a doping test at the Australian Open earlier this year.
The International Tennis Federation announced the ban today (Wednesday) at a news conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova admitted in March to testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. Sharapova says she’s used the drug, which aids blood flow, for several years and was unaware that the World Anti-Doping Agency had barred athletes from using it as of January 1st.
The ITF stated that although it doesn’t believe Sharapova intended to cheat, she still bears the responsibility and must serve her suspension. She’ll have an opportunity to appeal the decision. (ESPN)