Nick Kyrgios takes dig at Maria Sharapova, says ‘cheaters’ should not be supported

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 | 0

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has urged tournaments not to shower support for tainted athletes by obliging them with wildcard entries.

Kyrgios’ comments come after Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who was banned after testing positive for meldonium, was handed wildcards into Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome. Besides, there have been talks whether or not she should get a direct entry at the prestigious Roland Garros.

“I am against any kind of substance that helps an athlete improve his performance and that is precisely what she did,” Kyrgios was quoted as saying by

“I do not see why cheaters should be supported and wildcards for tournaments like Roland Garros. But each one will do whatever he wants to,” added the 21-year-old.

Earlier, Sharapova had been banned for two years following the Australian Open 2016, before it was trimmed down to 15 months, making her eligible to compete from next month.


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