Porsche has suspended its relationship with tennis star Maria Sharapova following her admission that she failed a drug test that was conducted at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Porsche has suspended its relationship with tennis star Maria Sharapova following her admission that she failed a drug test that was conducted at the Australian Open earlier this year.

The former Porsche brand ambassador claims she has been taking the drug Meldonium for the past ten years as prescribed by her doctor. However, the drug was recently added to the sport's banned substances list in January. Sharapova contends she is taking the drug because she has a magnesium deficiency and a family history of diabetes but USA Today points out officials believe a number of athletes take Meldonium to "boost endurance and help recovery."

While Porsche has suspended its relationship with Sharapova until the company can further analyze the situation, TAG Heuer has already decided not to renew her contract. Nike also has a deal with Sharapova and the company is following Porsche's 'wait and see' approach.

Porsche named Sharapova as a brand ambassador nearly three years ago and she has been used to promote a variety of different models including the Boxster Spyder which she called "modern and sophisticated." Sharapova has also appeared in commercials for the brand and has previously shown a one-off Panamera GTS which was created specifically for her.

Source: Porsche and USA Today

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