Tennis Channel's own Paul Annacone spoke with Vogue Magazine to weigh in on Sharapova's reputation on tour and her 15-month suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, meldonium, in January 2016.
“Maria does keep to herself, as do a lot of other tennis players,” Annacone told Vogue, noting that Pete Sampras (who Annacone formerly coached) was also known for his "standoffish" demeanor. “She’s merely trying to do as well as she can within the structure that makes her work best.”
Annacone believes that Sharapova's punishment was just. “A rule was broken. I don’t know exactly the chronology of events in her personal situation, but I do know a bit about the rule, and it seems like the biggest mistake was that she didn’t put this substance on her report. It wasn’t tracked. You’re supposed to let people know what you’re taking," he told Vogue.
In the interview, Vogue talks to Sharapova about everything from Serena Williams and soul mates to her reputation around the locker room and of course, that failed drug test that got her a 15 month ban from the game that she loves so much.
Sharapova is set to return from her suspension on April 26 in Stuttgart for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
Read the full article on Vogue.com.