Eugenie Bouchard blasts ‘cheater’ Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova made her return to the tennis court on Wednesday following a 15-month doping suspension, and one of the game’s most prominent players has already blasted her comeback.
Bouchard took issue with the former world No. 1 being awarded wild card slots to tournaments such as Stuttgart, the Madrid Open and the Rome Open.
Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, though she claimed her use of the drug was for health reasons.
“I don’t think that’s right,” Bouchard said. “She’s a cheater, and I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again. It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way, and are true.
“I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids: Cheat, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms.”
Sharapova also received wild cards to play in Madrid and Rome will find out in May if she will receive a wild card to the French Open, which she won in 2012 and 2014.