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Maria Sharapova heads out to see a Broadway musical amid drug scandal

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Maria Sharapova of Russia (Photo courtesy: Misty/Wikimedia Commons)

In the midst of dealing with her drug scandal, Maria Sharapova stepped out to see a musical Saturday night in New York. The five-time grand slam champion seemed all right and unaffected of her current situation as she enjoyed a fun night in Broadway with one of her pals.

Sharapova opted for a light makeup with her blonde tresses flowing down her neck. The 29-year-old, who shared a beaming selfie with her pal on Twitter, wore a gray coat over a beige knit jumper, black Capri pants, and a pair of metallic silver boots. According to the Daily Mail, Sharapova went to see the Falsettos musical.

Currently, Sharapova is provisionally suspended after revealing in March that she failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open. She was tested positive for recently-banned drug meldonium, which she has been taking for a decade due to health issues. She said that she was unaware that the World Anti-Doping Agency has prohibited the use of the drug in January 2016.

The Russian’s positive drug test has rocked the sporting world of tennis since her announcement in January. Some players applauded while some raised their eyebrows for the bold announcement that halted Sharapova’s career.

A disciplinary hearing has been set for Sharapova in hopes of clearing up the provisional suspension, reported The Associated Press.

It has been reported that about 200 athletes have been tested positive for meldonium but claimed that they have not ingested the drug this year. International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty said that doping cases take two to three months to process so it is anticipated that a verdict will be released just in time before Wimbledon takes place.

Until the provisional suspension is lifted, Sharapova will not be allowed to take part in any of the events on tour.

Sharapova has insisted that she wants to play tennis again. She said that she doesn’t want to retire from the sport this way. She continues to train and practice as seen on her posts on social media. Russian officials also expressed their interests to have Sharapova participate at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Photo courtesy: Misty/Wikimedia Commons

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