Tuesday 25 July 2017

Maria Sharapova snaps back with defiant tweet after her French Open snub

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Maria Sharapova has served up a feisty tweet after it was confirmed she will not be handed a wildcard for this month’s French Open in Paris.

The Russian star, who returned to the game last month after serving a 15-month doping ban, had been widely expected to be handed a wildcard to the second tennis major of 2017.

The two-time French Open champion does not have enough ranking points to earn automatic entry into the Roland Garros event, with the decision to overlook her claims for a pass to play in Paris disputed by Women’s Tennis Association chief Steve Simon.

"I don't agree with the basis for their decision. She has complied with the sanction," stated Simon.

"There are no grounds to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters."

Now Sharapova has vowed to bounce back from the decision, as she posted this defiant tweet to her army of fans, with the responses suggesting the 30-year-old star still has plenty of support despite her failed drug test at the 2016 Australian Open.

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