Sunday 25 March 2018

'Seems to be an honest mistake' - Tennis world responds to Sharapova drugs test on Twitter

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova on Monday revealed she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open.

The Russian will be provisionally suspended from tennis by the International Tennis Federation from March 12.

Here's how Twitter reacted to the 28-year-old's announcement.

Eighteen-time grand slam winner Martina Navratilova (@Martina) tweeted: "Sharapova Announces That She Failed Doping Test, -hope this gets cleared up as it seems 2 me to be an honest mistake"

But Andy Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) tweeted: "Still stunned that nobody on Shazza team checked new list from wada, players are responsible but this is big time oversight on team as well"

British player Alex Ward (@AlexWard1990) tweeted: "Whole tennis world currently googling meldonium"

Former UK number one Andrew Castle (@AndrewCastle63) tweeted: "What's Meldonium?"

And then: "Hold on. This is weird. Wada issue their list of banned substances and you don't look? Nor do management?"

Followed by: "After the betting revelations this #Sharapova news is a hammer blow to the sport."

Journalist and tennis commentator Jonathan Overend (jsoverend) tweeted: "Rusedski went public with his failed test but he never held his hands up like Sharapova. "I've let the sport down" she says."

Retired British player Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) tweeted: "Sharapova failed a drugs test. Not sure what to make of that."

France's world number 236 Jonathan Eysseric (@joneysseric) tweeted: "Olalalala Maria..."

Judy Murray (@judmoo), mother of Andy, quoted Sharapova addressing prior speculation over the nature of her annonucement: "If I was going 2 announce my retirement, it wouldn't b in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with a fairly ugly carpet." Sharapova. Standards"

And finally... journalist and television presenter Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) tweeted: "That might explain all the grunting. #sharapova"

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