If you thought you could mentally check out of tennis last week because only Davis Cup and two minor WTA events were on offer, you were sorely mistaken. The last seven days have been filled with major tennis news: Bud Collins' passing, Australian Davis Cup drama, and Venus' touching letter regarding her Indian Wells return. But, the most shocking news of all came today when Maria Sharapova announced that she tested positive for a banned substance at this year's Australian Open.
Watch Sharapova's entire press conference below:
Let's dig a bit deeper into the tennis happenings during week 9.
ON THE WEB
"Stars of Tomorrow: Taylor Fritz"
"Thiem Surging Toward Forefront"
Andy Murray: on fatherhood, his tennis fears, and psychological battle with Djokovic
"British Tennis Still Hunting for Formula for Sustained Success"
Jon Wertheim Mailbag: Will There Ever Be Another Teenage Grand Slam Champ?"
"If the Hat Fits" - Steve Tignor
"Davis Cup Matches on Grass Should Have Been on Hardcourts"
"The Mouth that Soared is, Sadly, Silenced"
"Stan Wawrinka: Tennis' Under-the Radar Man"
Kyrgios and Tomic Feud at Davis Cup
"Davis Cup: Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori in five sets to give GB victory"
ON THE WEB
"Why I'm Going Back to Indian Wells" - Venus Williams
"Venus Williams on Being a Role Model and Entrepreneur"
"Babos Bubbling Beneath Big Serve"
"Serena Says Time Off from Competition Won't Hurt Her Game"
"10 Things Indian Wells" - WTA Insider
"Bud Collins, Barrier-Breaker and Tennis Authority, Dies at 86"
"Farewell to Bud Collins, a True Tennis Ace"
"Bud Collins, Veteran Tennis Journalist, Dies at 86"
"Bud Collins's Sportswriting was Foundation of Career, Legacy"
"Insider Notebook: Desert Dreaming"