Wimbledon supplied official footage Tennis star Maria Sharapova winning the singles in 2004 for a promotional film that was made during Sharapova’s drug ban from 2015.
The All England Club were requested for an archive material for a 55-minute documentary covering Russian’s comeback journey from her drug suspension for using the drug meldonium, for which she was slapped with a 15-month ban.
The former two-time Wimbledon winner Sharapova’s agents IMG, was released last week on iTunes, with footage of her parading the Venus Rosewater dish after beating Serena Williams included in the trailer and the All England Club is credited for the inclusion of the aforementioned clip in the documentary.
Wimbledon were stuck in a bit of predicament y not only because Sharapova was suspended at the time of the request but also because they would almost certainly have followed the French Tennis Federation’s footsteps in denying her a wildcard entry at the Wimbledon had she not withdrawn through injury.
The club agreed to supply the video material because it was historical rather than current but declined their usual payment as they did not want the negative press that would have followed for making monetary gains using a doping offender.