I was a student at Bollettieri's Academy back in 2008 and cannot speak highly enough of the facility or the clean work ethic distilled in players. I was fortunate to be around the rising star, Kei Nishikori.
However intended, the comments by Bollettieri sound all too familiar with the Lance Armstrong saga. Sadly Sharapova cannot say much more but all the great achievements are not a good reason not to take a closer look at this.
Sharapova has built her brand just like Michael Jordan did, topping the Forbes wealthiest female athlete for the last 11 years. This is also rather ironic for someone with a sweet brand 'Sugarpova' to be taking a drug to prevent diabetes and heart conditions...
Yesterday Sharapova was the highest profile casualty to be accused. There was also a Russian Ice Dancer, Pro cyclist, Marathon and Track Endurance Runners to be banned.
Personally I think Sharapova should feel let down by her team who should be helping to make these decisions.
On a more positive note Heather Watson is now up to 51 in the world rankings!
She said she will accept the consequences, but she hopes and prays that she can be allowed to play again. What else can you say? "I don't think that Maria Sharapova would continue doing something, especially being in the limelight, if there was something she knew about." Bollettieri said he hoped tennis authorities would look back on her achievements in the game and allow her to play again. "It's kind of tough to find a black mark against her," he said