The head of the Russian Tennis Federation backtracked on his earlier comments on Thursday, saying he did not mean to suggest that Maria Sharapova’s failed doping test could spell the end of her career.
Russian news agency R-Sport had earlier quoted Shamil Tarpishchev as saying that Sharapova’s situation was “bad” and that it was “very doubtful” that she would resume her career.
“I only said that she can’t play now because no ruling on her case has been issued,” Tarpishchev told the Tass news agency.
Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at January’s Australian Open. She said she had taken the drug for a decade for medical purposes and did not know it had been banned for 2016.
Sharapova remains provisionally suspended from competition pending a ruling from the International Tennis Federation.
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