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Sharapova's sponsors Nike, Head and Evian stand by her despite doping ban

Nike, racket provider Head and bottled water company Evian have said they will continue sponsoring Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova despite her drug ban.

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Sharapova's sponsors Nike, Head and Evian stand by her despite doping ban

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Several of Maria Sharapova’s main sponsors have confirmed that they are standing by her.

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"We hope to see Maria back on court and will continue to partner with her"

The sports clothing firm Nike said it will continue sponsoring her, as will racket provider Head and bottled water company Evian.

This despite the International Tennis Federation stopping her playing for two years after she tested positive for the banned drug meldonium.

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In a post on Facebook the Russian champion said the Federation’s tribunal had unanimously concluded that what she did was “not intentional”.

Nike echoed that sentiment in their statement, as did Evian, while Head said the decision to ban her was based on a “flawed process”.

Two other sponsors – watchmaker Tag Heuer and luxury car company Porsche are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what happens with Sharapova’s appeal against the ban.

She is estimated to have earned around $200 million (175 million euros) from sponsorship deals during her career.