Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will play her first match following a 15-month suspension at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on April 26.
“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” said Sharapova.
“I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love,” the 29-year-old tennis star said.
At a quickly organized press-conference in Los Angeles at the beginning of March 2016, Sharapova announced that she had failed a drug test.
The substance in question was meldonium, a heart supporting drug that she had been legally taking for the last 10 years, which had only been included on World Anti-Doping Agency forbidden list less than a month before she took the test.
In June, the five-time Grand Slam champion was suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for two years, but the ban was later reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Источники: RT NEWS