French Tennis Federation won't allow Maria Sharapova to play in French Open
18 May, 2017, 09:36 | Author: Iris Sanchez
The chief executive of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, has criticised the surprising decision to deny returning three-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova a wildcard for the upcoming French Open.
It completed a miserable evening for the five-times grand slam champion, now ranked 211, who earlier found out that she had been refused a wildcard for the French Open.
The decision puts to an end speculation about her place at the clay Grand Slam event since she returned from a 15-month doping ban last month.
She is now taking part in the Italian Open, with her first-round win enabling her to enter the qualifying rounds at Wimbledon, should she not be handed a wildcard.
Today this is over, she can take her path. "He said", You get a wild card only when you return from injury not when you are making comeback from doping suspension".
Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard for the main draw of this year's French Open. I fully support the players that received wildcards and wish them the very best of luck.
"She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport)".
Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation adjusts her hair during a match against Christina Mchale of the United States during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May 15, 2017.
"I think everyone in this room knows what a competitor I am and I don't take anything for granted and if I get the opportunity to be in a draw then I will take it".
Sharapova is guaranteed a qualifying spot at Wimbledon in July after winning her opening match in Rome, although she missed a chance at direct entrance into the main draw after a second-round exit on Tuesday. She skipped a news conference after pulling out of a second-round match in Rome on Tuesday because of a left thigh injury.
Sharapova is now playing in the Italian Open, and after a win on Monday, the 30-year-old is guaranteed a place in Wimbledon qualifying and has the ability to still earn a place via the main tournament draw. I will be getting all the necessary examinations to make sure this is not serious.
With Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French federation, proclaiming that it was his responsibility to "protect the game", it would take a bold move by the All England Club to come to a different conclusion when it decides on the recipients of the eight wild cards at its disposal for the women's singles. Moreover, even though the wild cards meeting is being held in the following week, the committee could delay a decision on Sharapova, pending possible results in the tournaments at either Majorca or Edgbaston.
The French Open starts in less than two weeks. He emphasized that no decision had been made, raising hopes among Sharapova's team and supporters that the French Open might follow the lead of the WTA Tour events. He said none of the other members of the administrative team were in favor of awarding Sharapova a wild card.
"The French have decided what they want to do", Murray said, "and that's fine with me".
But not everyone in the tennis community was in agreement.