“Wonderful words”

Maria Sharapova thanks fans and vows to return to tennis

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Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has released a detailed statement thanking her fans and vowing to return to tennis, two days after she revealed at a press conference that she tested positive for a recently banned drug and was dropped by all of her major sponsors. “I woke up yesterday morning with an inbox, in full capacity of love and compassion,” she wrote on her official Facebook page, thanking her fans for their support and loyalty and adding that she is “determined” to play tennis again. “I wanted to let you know that your wonderful words put a smile on my face. I’d like to play again and hope to have the chance to do so. Your messages give me great encouragement. This message isn’t anything else but to say thank you. Thank you very much.”

Her legal team announced that they would be seeking a suspension of less than a year for the athlete. Over the last few days, many top tennis players registered their shock and surprise at Sharapova’s positive doping test, with two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova calling it a “huge mistake.” Men’s world number 1, Novak Djokovic, was more forgiving, telling TMZ he wishes her all the best and hopes she “gets out of this stronger”.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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