Roger Federer has shown his approval of Maria Sharapova’s 2-year ban that was given by the International Tennis Federation last June 8.
Upon receiving the ban, Sharapova said that she will be appealing to it as she said that she was not aware that the substance has been recently added to the list of prohibited substances by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
But according to Federer on his statement at Stuttgart Open on Thursday, he does not see the difference between a player doing it in purpose and a player not doing it on purpose. He added that everybody should be aware of what’s happening inside their body and should be 100% sure of it or else they’d be in trouble.
Federer said that Sharapova has the right to appeal to the ban like everybody else, but he’s for “zero tolerance.”
“I stay by my word that we should be saving blood samples for 10, 15, 20 years to come, so you have to scare away the people who think they could cheat.” said Federer.
Several other players also agree on Sharapova’s 2-year ban such as British former number one player, Annabel Croft.
“It makes me think what else is out there that people are on? It’s a minefield,” said Croft.
However, Sharapova’s major brand sponsors are backing her up. Nike put their sponsorship of Sharapova on hold last March after the former number one admitted to failing her drug test but took back their decision when the ITF Tribunal found out that Sharapova did not intentionally broke the rules, and continued their support for the player.