Europe

Russian tennis president Sharapova hearing could be in June

  • FILE - This is a Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo of tennis star Maria Sharapova as she speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova says she has failed a drug test at the Australian Open. In his first six months as president of the International Tennis Federation, David Haggerty has had anything but a quiet period to settle into his new job. Not with allegations of match-fixing and corruption, the Maria Sharapova doping case and disputes over prize money buffeting the sport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - This is a Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo of tennis star Maria Sharapova as she speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Sharapova says she has failed a drug test at the Australian Open. In his first six months as president of the International Tennis Federation, David Haggerty has had anything but a quiet period to settle into his new job. Not with allegations of match-fixing and corruption, the Maria Sharapova doping case and disputes over prize money buffeting the sport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo showing tennis star Maria Sharapova speakings about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles. The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June. Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - This is a Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo showing tennis star Maria Sharapova speakings about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles. The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June. Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June.

Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat.

Shamil Tarpishchev tells the state Tass news agency that "the hearings could be put off until June," adding that was "not official information, but my opinion."

Tarpishchev says he is in regular contact with Sharapova and says she is continuing to train.

Sharapova has said she took meldonium for medical reasons and was not aware it had been banned for 2016.