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It was a devastating blow, especially considering that Sharapova, 28, said she had been taking the drug for 10 years for a magnesium deficiency but neglected to notice it had been added to the banned list this year.And Dick Pound, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said that there had been a “fairly high prevalence of [meldonium] use in tennis.” But if there was any sympathy from Sharapova’s fellow pros, it wasn’t to be found in print.In May 2014, when golfer Rory Mc Ilroy dumped his tennis-pro fiancée Caroline Wozniacki over the phone, mere days after wedding invitations went out, Wozniacki’s most enthusiastic supporter was also an opponent.Serena Williams became her private and public cheerleader, even telling Vogue: “Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends. ” So it was awfully telling a couple weeks ago when almost no one in tennis came to Maria Sharapova’s defense in her time of need.On March 7, the Russian-born tennis champ stood before the press and admitted that she had failed a drug test, having tested positive for meldonium — a medication banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since the beginning of 2016 that aids in blood flow and can give an edge when it comes to cardiovascular performance.“I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it,” said Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner said to be worth some 5 million. Sharapov family lived in Gomel (Belarus) and then moved to Nyagan (Russia) after Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.Soon the family resided in Sochi and there Uri Sharapov got acquainted with Aleksandr Kafelnikov, a father of a famous Russian tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Meanwhile, Nike, TAG Heuer and Porsche immediately froze their longstanding relationships with the superstar, who, according to Forbes, made million from endorsements in 2015 (other sponsors include Head rackets, Samsung and Evian).
It was actually the start of Maria Sharapova long term love affair with tennis. When Maria Sharapova was just 8, her father Uri took the girl to Florida to train in a Tennis Academy.
Till now Uri supports his daughter, visits each her match and cheers her up. Her mother Yelena is not a frequent guest at Maria’s matches and contests.
She turned professional on her 14th birthday but continued to compete among her peers, finishing runner-up at the junior Wimbledon and French Open tournaments in 2002.
Maria Sharapova claimed her first WTA victory at the 2003 AIG Japan Open and also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon on her first attempt during the same year.