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Russian chief backtracks on Sharapova comments

Teamtalk Teamtalk 20/05/2016

© Provided by Teamtalk The head of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev said he was misquoted in an earlier statement in which he seemingly suggested Maria Sharapova's failed drug test could spell the end her career.

Russian news agency R-Sport quoted Tarpishchev as saying that it is "very doubtful" that Sharapova would resume her career and that her situation is "bad".

"I only said that she can't play now because no ruling on her case has been issued," Tarpishchev later told the Tass news agency.

The former world number one tested positive for banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in 2016, a substance she claims to have taken for the last 10 years for medical reasons.

Meldonium was added to the list of banned substances at the start of the year.

The Russian star remains provisionally suspended from all competition whilst the International Tennis Federation's ruling on the matter pends.

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