Two-time Australian Open champion Jennifer Capriati has savaged Maria Sharapova for her use of a banned substance in a spectacular Twitter rant.
Capriati, whose career was cut short by injury, is livid at Sharapova’s confession that she tested positive in January for meldonium, a drug used to treat diabetes and low magnesium.
“Im extremely angry and disappointed. I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what.i had to throw in the towel and suffer,” Capriati posted on Tuesday.
“i didn’t have the high priced team of drs that found a way for me to cheat and get around the system and wait for science to catch up.
“What’s the point of someone taking a heart medicine that helps your heart recover faster unless you have a heart condition? Is thataccurate?
“It’s always about one thing that benefits everyone.#money
“If this medication helped me to comeback again would everyone be alright with me taking it?”
Sharapova faces a lengthy suspension and has already been provisionally banned from 12 March after testing positive during the Australian Open.
“In my opinion of its all true every title should be stripped. This is other people’s lives as well,” Capriati continued.
“How much did it take away from the other persons food plate.”
Capriati, who once spent time in drug rehabilitation after being arrested for marijuana possession, remains devastated by having her career ended by injury.
The 2001 and 2002 Australian Open winner revealed her despair at her induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.
“It was tough having to leave the game,” Capriati said.
“It’s like mourning a loved one that’s gone and a relationship’s that gone, a part of yourself. It wasn’t easy, but something that’s gone and what you loved to do.
“It took a while to accept that and let go. This is so great for me because it’s putting a lot of closure to my career, and I’m able to move forward, give thanks, take thanks, give the honour and take the honour, and just be acknowledged here. It means everything to me.”
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