Tennis star Maria Sharapova thanked supporters on Wednesday for their show of “love and compassion” as she manages fallout from the revelation that she took a banned substance.
“Your wonderful words put a smile on my face,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “This message isn’t anything else but to say thank you. Thank you very much.”
Sharapova announced on Monday that she tested positive for Meldonium—a recently banned drug—at the Australian Open earlier this year. The tennis star took full responsibility said she had been unaware that international tennis officials had recently added the substance to their list of prohibited substances.
The International Tennis Federation hasn’t announced how it will sanction Sharapova, but the star hopes to return to the court.
“I’d like to play again and hope to have the chance to do so,” she said in the Facebook post.