Jennifer Capriati took to Twitter today to express her disappointment at Maria Sharapova, who announced at a news conference that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open.
Im extremely angry and disappointed. I had to lose my career and never opted to cheat no matter what.i had to throw in the towel and suffer— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016
i didn't have the high priced team of drs that found a way for me to cheat and get around the system and wait for science to catch up— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016
the responses are exactly what i am talking about. everything based on illusion and lie driven by the media for over 20 yrs. beyond unfair— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016
Everyone reading what's written and assuming it's true is wrong. It's just wrong. all of it not true. Nothing of what u read is true— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016
In my opinion of its all true every title should be stripped. This is other people's lives as well— Jennifer Capriati (@JenCapriati) March 7, 2016
Those tweets were part of a larger, rambling rant by the Tennis Hall of Famer today.
Other former players were more supportive of Sharapova.
"Hold your horses everyone - about Maria - I don't have all the facts, I hope it's an honest mistake, stuff was legal as far as I know till 2015," wrote American Great Martina Navratilova.
Former player James Blake described Sharapova's response as "classy".
Wow. Classy of @MariaSharapova to hold a press conference for this and admit making a mistake. Definitely agree that have to be aware though— James Blake (@JRBlake) March 7, 2016
The 28-year-old, a five-time grand slam champion, will be provisionally suspended from March 12, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said.
She is the seventh athlete in a month to test positive for meldonium, which is used to treat diabetes and low magnesium, and was only banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as of January 1.
"I made a huge mistake. I let my fans down and I let the sport down," the former world No.1 told a news conference.
"I take full responsibility for it.
"I know that with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way. I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game."
The ITF's anti-doping program calls for a four-year suspension for a positive test, but that ban can be reduced in various circumstances, such as for first-time offences or if the player shows no significant fault or negligence. If a player bears no fault or negligence, there is no suspension.
According to Forbes, she earned $US29.5 million ($A39.47 million) in 2015, mostly from endorsements.
Sharapova said her family doctor had been giving her mildronate, which is also called meldonium, for 10 years after she frequently became sick, had irregular EKG results, a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes.