Sports giant Nike backs Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova

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New York: Despite her two-year suspension from tennis, sports giant Nike has extended support to Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova.

Nike in an official statement said that ‘it will continue to partner with Maria Sharapova’.

‘We hope to see Maria back on court,’ read the official statement which was released on Wednesday night.

Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for consuming ‘meldonium’ allegedly for the purpose of enhancing her performance.

Meldonium was banned since January 1 last.

Sharapova was tested positive at the Australian Open on January 26, and said she did not know the substance was banned.