Porsche suspends brand ambassador Maria Sharapova

Car manufacturer Porsche has announced it will temporarily suspend Maria Sharapova as a brand ambassador after the tennis player admitted failing a drug test at the Australian Open.

In a statement, Porsche said: “We regret the current news about Maria Sharapova. Until further details emerge and we are able to analyse the situation, we have decided to suspend planned activities.”

Sharapova revealed yesterday that she had tested positive for meldonium, an endurance-enhancing drug.

The tennis star said: “I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it.

“I know that with this, I face consequences. I don’t want to end my career this way. I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game.”

Last year, Sharapova starred in an advert for the Porsche 911. In a statement released at time by Volkswagen-owned Porsche, the firm said: “The message communicated by the Porsche commercial is, only the best have a chance against the best. Only a Porsche 911 can beat a Porsche 911.”