Djokovic supports Sharapova amidst illegal drugs controversy, suspension

Djokovic supports Sharapova amidst illegal drugs controversy, suspension

Novak Djokovic, the current World No. 1 in men’s tennis is showing support for fallen women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova, who faces a lengthy ban due to illegal drugs use.

Sharapova, who is one of the most popular players in the women’s tour, said on Monday that she had failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open. Sharapova blamed her decision not to open an email that mentioned a list of new banned drugs as a primary reason why she kept on taking it.

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“I obviously wish her all the best. I’ve known her for a long time. I feel for her with all that’s happening and I just hope she gets out of this stronger,” Djokovic said via TMZ Sports about Sharapova and the recent drug controversy.

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Reactions by current and former players have been varied about Sharapova’s recent admission. The Russian pro is provisionally banned and could be suspended from the women’s singles tour from two to four years, according to reports.

“I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat, no matter what. I had to throw in the towel and suffer,” Jennifer Capriati, a former player and three-time Grand Slam champion, posted on her Twitter account.

Meanwhile, women’s singles current World No. 1 and Sharapova’s rival stated that the Russian showed “great courage” by admitting to her mistakes and that she “hopes for the best” for Sharapova. Despite the drug use, Sharapova still got beat by Williams at the 2016 Australian Open.

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