Sharapova’s sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2017 09:27:59


MARIA Sharapova’s racket sponsor backs French Open’s decision to deny the former world number one a wildcard entry and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for her exclusion.

Sharapova, whose career was rocked by a 15-month doping ban for consuming meldonium in 2015, returned to action last month and was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the year’s second Grand Slam tournament. Johan Eliasch, chief executive of tennis racket firm Head, has previously criticised the inclusion of meldonium as a banned substance and the Swedish billionaire said the French Open snub was a result of WADA’s poor decision to ban the substance without any tests.
“I fully support the Grand Slam tournament’s decision,” Eliasch told the ‘Times’ newspaper.


“I don’t think there should be wild cards for doping offenders...what also disappoints me is the fact that WADA has not conducted their business properly.