Maria Sharapova (33) retired from tennis in February this year. Three months after that, compatriot Andrei Chesnokov (54), former number 9 in the ATP and semifinalist at Roland Garros in 1989, criticizes the National Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Andrei Chesnokov collides with WADA representatives, accusing Serena Williams of using banned substances.
“For a tennis player, missing a year is a real disaster. So it’s no surprise that, after the story with the meldonium, Maria never returned to her previous level.
I also have a big question for WADA. Why can Serena Williams use amphetamine and close her eyes, on the grounds that she is in therapeutic use, and Sharapova was suspended because she used a substance that did not make her stronger? ”Andrei Chesnokov asked, according to Match TV.
Maria Sharapova and her career controversy:
Maria Sharapova was suspended for two years (reduced to 15 months later), starting in January 2016, and since then her career has changed dramatically.
Sharapova has been suspended by the International Tennis Federation for the use of meldonium, a banned substance. Meldonium, THP, MET-88, Mildronats or Quaterine is an anti-ischemic drug manufactured by a Latvian pharmaceutical company. It is used in Lithuania and the Russian Federation, but has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Meldonium is used clinically to treat angina and myocardial infarction. Maria Sharapova returned to the circuit in 2017, but never achieved the performance with which she became known before the doping scandal.
Maria Sharapova’s “goodbye” message:
“How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known? How do you move away from the arenas you have trained since you were just a little girl, the game you love, one that brought you unseen tears and unspeakable joys, a sport in which you found a family, along with fans who were behind you for more than 28 years? I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Goodbye, tennis! ”