Maria Sharapova appeared on TODAY this morning and spoke publicly for the first time since the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her two-year doping suspension to 15 months.
“For an honest mistake, a two-year ban, I don’t think was correct,” she said.
Sharapova failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, a heart medication that became a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency code this year.
The suspension prevented her from competing for Russia at the Rio Olympics.
She will now be eligible to compete on April 25, 2017. She will be 33 years old during the 2020 Tokyo Games.
“I have an incredible future ahead of me,” she said, “and I just can’t wait to get back on the court.”