Nike suspends ties with Sharapova

Nike have suspended their relationship with Maria Sharapova after Russian revealed that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open on Monday. 

Sharapova confirmed that she tested positive for Meldonium, which was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances on January 1, 2016.

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The 28-year-old revealed that she has been taking the drug, which increases blood  flow, for the last decade.

The world number seven attributed her positive result to the fact that she hadn’t looked at the World Anti-Doping Agency’s updated list of banned substances for this year.

The International Tennis Federation confirmed that Sharapova will be provisionally suspended from March 12 and Nike have now looked to distance themselves from the five-time grand slam winner until the matter is resolved.

“We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova,” Nike said in a statement. “We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. We will continue to monitor the situation.”