Maria Sharapova’s agent Max Eisenbud says she is likely to extend her colourful career all the way to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Eisenbud told CNN Sport that if the suspension didn't happen she would have likely retired this year.
"If the suspension didn't happen, this probably would have been her last year. I think she'll play through Tokyo if healthy," Eisenbud told CNN in a phone interview. After testing positive, Sharapova said she hadn't realised the drug - which she had taken for more than a decade for various health issues - had been put on the 2016 prohibited list.
The former World No.1 had been struggling with multiple injuries a year ago, said Eisenbud. "Her body was in bad shape. The first six months, her body needed rest." But Eisenbud said she is fully healthy and the extended break has given her a "third career." “Before her shoulder surgery, after shoulder surgery and now this.
I watched her practice last week and I was like, it's a joke just how motivated and how good she was." With no ranking due to her ban, Sharapova needs wildcards to play the WTA events and besides Stuttgart, she has already benefited from them for tournaments in Rome and Madrid in May in the buildup to the French Open.
Eisenbud claims there has been a lot of interest in the star for tournaments around the globe. "Every WTA tournament called me, every single one," he said. ALSO READ Maria Sharapova features on MULTIPLE MAGAZINE COVERS! (PICS INSIDE)