Melbourne’s Sharapova gaffe a needless distraction

The Australian Open has the toughest time of any of the tennis majors, but the organisers did themselves no favours by having convicted drug cheat Maria Sharapova represent the women at the draw

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
12th January, 2018
Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open draw in Melbourne. Pic: Getty

The raw stupidity of those in power never fails to deliver, and we saw it again this week as the organisers of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tennis tournament of the year, decided that Maria Sharapova was the best person to represent the women at the draw ceremony.

The defence given by the organisers in Melbourne was that Sharapova is a former champion. She is and, were it not for the glaringly obvious...

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