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The world of tennis has been rocked this afternoon following the news that Maria Sharapova have been banned from tennis for two years for violating an Anti-Doping rule.

According to emerging reports, an Independent Tribunal today ruled that a two-year period of ineligibility be imposed upon the Russian tennis champion.

The 29-year-old sports star provided officials with a urine sample at the beginning of the year which was ultimately found to contain meldonium – a substance which is prohibited under the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme.

Having admitted in March that she had indeed violated the Anti-Doping rule, the former World No. 1 requested a hearing before the Independent Tribunal in order to learn the consequences of her actions.

It has been established that Ms. Sharapova's ban will be backdated to January 26th – the day in which she failed the drug test – which means she can re-enter the world of tennis in January 2018.

The Olympic medallist and five-times Grand Slam winner avoided a possible four year ban.

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Maria Sharapova faces a lengthy ban from professional tennis after she failed a drug test ahead of playing the Australian Open in January and it seems that fellow player Andy Murray has no sympathy for her. 

The 28-year-old Russian sports star tested positive for the drug meldonium, a substance she has been taking for over ten years for alleged health reasons. 

Meldonium was put on the official list of banned substances on January 1 and the tennis champion claimed she was oblivious to the recent changes in doping protocols. 

While many fans and fellow tennis players have come out in support of the star, others find her explanation for taking the drug implausible, including Scottish player Andy Murray. 

"It’s not up to me to decide the punishment, but if you’re taking performance enhancing drugs and you fail a drugs test, you have to get suspended," he said at an Indian Wells Masters event this week. 

"I think taking a prescription drug that you don’t necessarily need, but just because it’s legal, that’s wrong, clearly. That’s wrong.

"If you’re taking a prescription drug and you’re not using it for what that drug was meant for, then you don’t need it, so you’re just using it for the performance enhancing benefits that drug is giving you. And I don’t think that that’s right."

The 28-year-old also found it hard to believe that Maria and no one on her team had made sure that what she was taking was legal. 

"Some people put a lot of trust in the team around them so it’s hard to say what’s the right thing for everyone, but it’s almost kind of part of her job to know everything that’s going into her body and not just rely on what a doctor is saying or a physio is saying.

"You check yourself to make sure, double check to make sure, that anything that’s going into your body is safe."

Maria spoke for the first time since the announcement yesterday and thanked her fans for their support. 

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It's been a rough week for tennis star Maria Sharapova who faces a lengthy ban from professional tennis after she failed a drug test ahead of playing the Australian Open in January. 

The 28-year-old sport star tested positive for the drug meldonium, a substance she has been taking for over ten years for alleged health reasons. 

Meldonium was put on the official list of banned substances on January 1 and the tennis champion claimed she was oblivious to the recent changes in doping protocols. 

While many fans and fellow tennis players have come out in support of the star, others find her explanation for taking the drug implausible. 

Nevertheless, Maria has spoken out about the drama for the first time since her announcement on Monday in a reflective post to her Facebook page. 

"I woke up yesterday morning with an inbox, in full capacity of love and compassion.

"The first email I immediately opened was from my best friend, you know, the type of person who can make you smile and cry with only one word and who I spent the evening on the phone with, checking up on me, how was I doing?

"On average, I love the mornings. New day, new start. It is fair to say that this day was not average. Nothing came to mind at 6am, except that I am determined to play tennis again and I hope I will have the chance to do so. I wish I didn't have to go through this, but I do – and I will.

I woke up yesterday morning with an inbox, in full capacity of love and compassion. The first email I immediately…

Posted by Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

"My friends made a collage for me with all your beautiful messages and hashtags that you created (‪#‎IStandWithMaria‬ and ‪#‎LetMariaPlay‬).

"I spent the afternoon reading them next to my dog, who couldn't quite understand why this was more important than the walk he was expecting to take.

"In this moment, I am so proud to call you my fans. Within hours of my announcement, you showed me support and loyalty, which I could only expect to hear when someone would be at the top of their profession.

"I wanted to let you know that your wonderful words put a smile on my face. I'd like to play again and hope to have the chance to do so. Your messages give me great encouragement. This message isn't anything else but to say thank you. Thank you very much."

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Even though Adam Levine is set to marry his fiancé, Behati Prinsloo this July, it hasn’t stopped the Maroon 5 singer from getting in touch with some of his ex-girlfriends.

Reports have revealed that Adam has been reaching out to his previous girlfriends in order to make amends before he gets hitched this summer.

Adam has dated a long listed of supermodels from Angela Bellotte, Anne Vyalitsyna, Janine Habeck to Nina Agdal.

It doesn’t stop there, as Adam also dated the likes of Jessica Simpson and tennis player, Maria Sharapova.

The source said Adam wanted to apologise “…for how he treated them”.

Even though it sounds like the honourable thing to do, we wonder what Behati thinks about this?

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