Articles matching tag: Tennis
- Column: Sharapova Tests Positive For Banned SubstanceMarch 17, 2016
As drugs go, this one was at least easy to spell and easy to pronounce: Meldonium. But it is no less dangerous to an athlete than a drug that is difficult to pronounce and impossible to spell, like tetrahydrogestrinone, a drug that many athletes have been accused and/or convicted of taking, including former track star Marion Jones. If you don’t believe that, just ask Maria Sharapova. Last week Sharapova called a press conference to announce that she had failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open. Meldonium, which was developed in Latvia decades ago, is used to treat ischemia, a lack of blood flow to an organ, and neurodegenerative disorders. Sharapova said she had been using the drug - with a doctor’s prescription - for over a decade to treat a magnesium deficiency. She also said her family had a history of diabetes.
- Column: Tennis Hit With Allegations of Match FixingJanuary 28, 2016
On the eve of the Australian Open, tennis was reeling under the most serious allegations that can be levied against any sport: match-fixing. According to a report leaked to the BBC and BuzzFeed, an investigation of betting lines and match results in 2008 determined that 28 players took part in what was described as “suspicious games.” A core group of about 10 players were identified as the most common perpetrators. Despite that evidence, none of the players identified by investigators were ever disciplined or charged and all of them continued to compete at tennis’ highest levels. A number of those players have since retired but others are still competing at tennis’ top tournaments.