Thursday 21 September 2017

Sharapova's French Open snub puts ball in Wimbledon court

 

Maria Sharapova has not been handed a wild card into this year's French Open. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Maria Sharapova has not been handed a wild card into this year's French Open. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former world No 1 Maria Sharapova has been denied a wild-card invitation to this month's French Open.

The 30-year-old Russian, a twice champion at Roland Garros who came back from a 15-month doping ban last month, did not have enough ranking points to go straight into the main draw in Paris, nor the qualifying event.

FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said: "If there can be a wild card for the return from injuries, there cannot be a wild card for the return from doping."

Since her return to the sport last month, Sharapova  has played three tournaments thanks to wild cards and has risen to 211 in the world rankings.

However, last night she pulled out of the Italian Open through injury, meaning she isn't guaranteed to qualify for Wimbledon through ranking which will force organisers into a decision about whether or not to award her a wild card.

Irish Independent

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