1. Maria Sharapova failed drug test: Novak Djokovic throws support behind beleaguered star

Maria Sharapova failed drug test: Novak Djokovic throws support behind beleaguered star

World number one Novak Djokovic has thrown his support behind under-fire Maria Sharapova after the Russian tennis star admitted that she failed a drug test at this year's Australian Open.

By: | Published: March 9, 2016 10:18 PM

World number one Novak Djokovic has thrown his support behind under-fire Maria Sharapova after the Russian tennis star admitted that she failed a drug test at this year’s Australian Open.

Djokovic, who is well-known for his friendship with Sharapova, said that he felt for her ‘with all that is happening’ and expressed that he hoped to see the five-time Grand Slam champion come out of the current situation stronger, the Guardian reported.

Sharapova has been provisionally suspended from the sport by the International Tennis Federation after revealing that she had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium.

Sharapova’s major sponsors Nike, Tag Heuer and Porsche have all distanced themselves from her since her announcement.

The Russian tennis star said that she had been taking the drug since 2006 legally for years for health reasons.

Meldonium was placed on the banned list by the World Anti-Doping Agency from this year.

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