Former world number one female, Maria Sharapova, through a press conference in Los Angeles, admitted failing a doping test at the 2016 Australian Open. Sharapova doping test samples positive containing meldonium. The drug has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since January 2016 because it is considered to help increase the endurance of athletes.
Sharapova was temporarily banned from competing as of March 12, 2016, until the investigation process was completed. If proven to consume meldonium intentionally, the beautiful Russian tennis player is threatened with sanctions for a maximum of four years.
Sharapova was not the first player to have been involved in a doping case. Several other top tennis players have been involved in similar scandals. Here’s a list of famous tennis players who have been convicted of positive doping before Sharapova:
5) Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic was banned for nine months in 2013 after a sample of the Croatian doping test at a tournament in Zagreb, Croatia, tested positive for a banned stimulant, nikethamide.
Nikethamide is included in the prohibited substance of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) because it can increase the endurance of athletes.
Cilic revealed the nicithamide content in his urine came from the consumption of glucose coramine tablets that his team staff bought at the pharmacy.
Cilic also appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). As a result, Cilic’s sentence was reduced from nine to four months because he deliberately did not put illicit substances into the body.
A year later, Cilic won his first grand slam title by winning the 2014 US Open.
4) Richard Gasquet
Richard Gasquet tested positive for cocaine in May 2009. The Frenchman was banned for 12 months by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Gasquet then appealed to CAS because the substance cocaine entered his body after kissing a woman at a nightclub. He was acquitted of all charges and allowed to return to play in July 2009.
3) Victor Troiki
The case of Viktor Troicki is controversial. The Croatian tennis player refused to do a blood test at the tournament in Monte Carlo in 2013 on the grounds of being unwell and having a phobia of syringes. As a result,
Troicki was sentenced to an 18-month ban from competition before being cut down to 12 months after appealing to CAS. Despite accepting these sanctions, Troicki still insisted on innocence. He revealed that the doping control officer had permitted him to take the test a day ago.
2) Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis retired in 2003 at the age of 22 years. However, the Swiss tennis player decided to make a comeback two years later.
However, the comeback only lasted a short time. Hingis’s tennis career had to stop again in 2007 after testing positive for cocaine at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament.
After serving a two-year ban from competition, Hingis returned to comeback in 2013. She currently ranks world number one in the women’s doubles.
1) Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi made a surprising confession in his autobiographical book that released after retirement.
In the book titled ‘Open’, Agassi claimed to have undergone a doping test in 2007 and the results of the sample of the American tennis player were positive containing methampetamine (crystal meth).
However, Agassi chose to lie to world tennis authorities to avoid sanctions. He wrote to the Men’s Professional Tennis Association (ATP) and said that he used drugs accidentally. ATP believed Agassi’s false confession and the failure of the doping test was not revealed to the public until he retired.