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Rafa Nadal: Maria Sharapova has been treated fairly

Rafa Nadal.

Rafa Nadal has said he believed Maria Sharapova has been treated "fairly" after she admitted failing a drug test.

The men's world number five said: "Everybody can have mistakes. I want to believe for sure that it is a mistake for Maria, she didn't want to do it.

"But it is obvious that it is negligence. The rules are like this. It is fair and now she must pay for it."

World number one Djokovic 'feels' for Sharapova

World number one Novak Djokovic has given his support to Maria Sharapova and said he hopes she "gets out of this stronger".

Djokovic is the world number one. Credit: PA

Women's tennis' most bankable star made the stunning announcement on Monday that she had failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open.

Djokovic and Sharapova share a racquet sponsor and Djokovic has famously done impressions of the Russian on court.

He told "I obviously wish her all the best. I've known her for a long time. I feel for her with all that's happening and I just hope she gets out of this stronger."


Former Wada boss: Sharapova has no excuse

Maria Sharapova has "no excuse" for not realising that the medication she was taking had a banned ingredient in it, Dick Pound has said.

Speaking to ITV News, the former head of the World Anti Doping Agency said; "There's no excuse for somebody with her experience for testing positive for something she knew about and had been warned about.

She was either recklessly indifferent to what messages she was getting from Wada and the ATP or she did it deliberately and thought 'maybe I'll get away with it'".

Kremlin: Don't project Sharapova on all of Russian sport

Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2015. Credit: PA

The Russian government has said that Maria Sharapova's failed drugs test should not be "projected onto" the whole of Russian sport.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told journalists that Russia was against attempts to politicise sporting matters.

Meldonium meant for 'four to six weeks' use at a time

Maria Sharapova has admitted taking Mildonate, aka Meldonium, which became a banned substance for athletes early this year Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Reuters

Meldonium, the newly banned substance former world tennis number one Maria Sharapova has admitted to taking for 10 years, is reportedly only meant to be used for 'four to six weeks' at a time.

According to a statement emailed to the Associated Press the manufacturers of the drug said it is usually only administered for a short time but prescriptions can be repeated two or three times a year under medical advisement.

It is unclear whether Sharapova took the drug consistently for long periods over the last decade or whether the use of the substance was intermittent.

Depending on the patient's health condition, treatment course of meldonium preparations may vary from four to six weeks.

Treatment course can be repeated twice or thrice a year. Only physicians can follow and evaluate patient's health condition and state whether the patient should use meldonium for a longer period of time.

– Meldonium manufacturer Grindeks
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