BREAKING: Five-time Grand Slam singles champion and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova has received a two-year ban, backdated to January 2016, for a failed drug test at the Australian Open.
The full decision from the Interational Tennis Federation can be found at this link:
The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation https://t.co/xFcbXqCmZD— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) June 8, 2016
More on the decision:
Wow 2 year ban for Shazza no doubt appeal coming, but this will probably keep her off the court the rest of the year @ESPNTennis— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) June 8, 2016
Maria Sharapova's two-year suspension will end at midnight Jan. 25, 2018.— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) June 8, 2016
Sharapova has already released a statement:
More on this breaking news as it develops.