Maria Sharapova Holds Press Conference to Announce She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova made a “major announcement” at a press conference today.

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Professional athletes don’t usually hold press conferences to announce that they've failed a drug test. Most of them wait until after the news has come out to be apologetic about it. But earlier today, Maria Sharapova revealed that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open during a press conference that she held in Los Angeles to try and explain what happened. You can watch it here:

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During the press conference, Sharapova said that she tested positive for Meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances on the first day of 2016. She also said that she has been taking the drug for about a decade now. But she said that, despite that, she is sorry about testing positive for it.

“I made a huge mistake,” she said. “I don’t want to end my career this way.”

Not everyone is buying Sharapova's excuse. Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati had this to say about it a short time ago:

It's unclear what punishment Sharapova will face for testing positive. She is currently the No. 6 player in the world. Stay tuned for more details.

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