Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has revealed that Rafael Nadal sent her lovely message after she was found guilty in the doping case.
Back in March 2016, the 29-year-old was suspended for consuming the banned substance. She was taking meldonium for 10 years for health reasons, but it was only banned in January 2016. She went on to claim that her doctor prescribed meldonium due to a history of diabetes in her family, but the substance was later on added in the banned list as WADA believed that it is used by the athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.
Soon after this, Rafael Nadal was quite critical about it and said that ‘She must pay’ for the mistake she made.
“I want to believe that for sure it is a mistake for Maria, that she didn’t want to do it, but it is a negligence so the rules are like this. It’s fair, so now she must pay for it,” Nadal said.
And now, the Russian star has revealed that the Spaniard sent her a lovely message during the course of her suspension.
“He sent me a very lovely message showing me his support,’ Sharapova revealed in an interview to Vanity Fair magazine.
“I have a big respect for him.”
Sharapova was in the midst of heavy criticism during the course as not only the Tennis industry, but even the WADA officials spoke about her case. Craig Reedie, WADA’s chief said:
“For me, the only satisfactory element in Madame Sharapova’s case was that in one year she can earn more money than the whole of Wada’s budget put together.”
To this, the Russian replied:
“I don’t have any proof, but why a man who should take care about his job and that has no rights to comment on my case, spoke about my money? If your job is to keep the sport clean, you should be more precise communicaying the list of prohibited substances. When the court of arbitration saw how they informed us to announce the changes in the substances list, the judge was laughing. ‘These weren’t warnings!’ The emails we received at the end of 2015 were totally different than the ones that they have now given.”
She will complete her 15-month ban on April 25 and will play her first match at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, after being given a wild-card entry. The tournament begins two days before her ban runs out but Sharapova has been given the green signal to compete in the tournament.
Even this hasn’t been taken well by many of the Tennis stars. Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Caroline Wozniacki raised their voices against the entire happening.