The creator of meldonium drug tennis star Sharapova tested positive for defends what has otherwise been a beacon of Latvia’s scientific research.
After making announcement on Monday (March 7) that she had failed drug test Maria Sharapova said she took full responsibility for taking banned substance Meldonium.
Former tennis world number one Maria Sharapova is set to make a “major announcement” on Monday in Los Angeles.
Reigning champion Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1 to reach the Australian Open semi-finals where she will meet Agnieszka Radwanska who wins 6-1 6-3 against Carla Suarez Navarro.
Sharapova serve fires up in time for Serena showdown
World tennis is rocked by allegations that the game’s authorities have failed to deal with widespread match-fixing, just as the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, kicks off in Melbourne.
“All involved in the administration of the Australian Open will not tolerate any deviations from our values and rules at any level,” Tiley said.
Kermode added he was disappointed the story had taken attention away from the tournament.
“We are confident that the Tennis Integrity Unit is doing what it can and tackles this issue very, very seriously,” Kermode said.
TIU investigations had resulted in sanctions against 18 players, with six issued life bans, he added.
Kermode also rejected suggestions the TIU was under-resourced and did not have necessary enforcement powers.
Tennis authorities have pumped about $14 million into anti-corruption programmes, Kermode added.
TIU’s Willerton said they could ask for players’ electronic communication devices, though those requests could be refused.
“If they don’t then consent … that’s called non-cooperation, and they can be reported and sanctioned for non-cooperation,” Willerton said.
Independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon said sports regulators were not rigorous enough and that the very nature of tennis made it possible to engage in spot fixing, where single events are manipulated to affect live betting odds.
BuzzFeed News say that tennis authorities have failed to deal with widespread match-fixing despite repeated warnings
Novak Djokovic beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to win the Shanghai Masters
World number one Novak Djokovic crushes Rafael Nadal in the final of the China Open to win the tournament for the sixth time.
Great Britain reach the Davis Cup final for the first time in 37 years as Andy Murray outclasses Australia’s Bernard Tomic to give them an unbeatable 3-1 lead.