Defiant Maria wins amid criticism

Maria Sharapova, the infamous frosty Russian caught doping, returned from her fifteen-month suspension from professional tennis this week at the Stuttgart Open in Germany, amid vocal critics from players. Her sponsors and several tournament directors paved her way back to the limelight...but many of her peers would prefer she stay gone.

?? Canadian Eugenie Bouchard's comments on Maria's return to the courts:

“I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so, to me, I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again. Unfair to all these players who do it the right way and are true. I think from the [Women's Tennis Association] it sends the wrong message to young kids: ‘Cheat and we’ll welcome you back with open arms.' I don’t think that’s right and [she’s] definitely not someone I can say I look up to anymore because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit.” (emphasis added)

88Mea culpa. I89s been getting a lot of criticism lately.  90type91b92contents93type94u95contents96type97text98contents99Andy Murray100type101text102contents103104s the way it should stay. I105s attorney

204I hope that (French Tennis Federation) president Bernard Guidicelli holds firm on what he initially said and doesn205t roll out the red carpet for her. Unfortunately tennis remains a business ... but

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Andy Roddick (in the photo above) looks at the big picture:


Take that, everybody! It's going to be an interesting season...

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