It has been the clay season of 2017, from which Maria Sharapova was allowed to continue playing after her doping ban got lifted and she served the punishment for 15 months. And now, the decimal point to the clay season, Roland Garros is soon going to begin, for which the 2-time champion has been denied a wild card for the main draw and for the qualifying rounds too.
The French Tennis Federation chief, Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini said, “There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries – there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping” The 30-year-old Russian had been expecting a wild card either into the main draw, or in the qualifiers. She even stated that if she had to play the juniors for qualifying for a Grand Slam, she would do it.
“I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans,” added Giudicelli Ferrandini. “They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it’s my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result.”
Sharapova returned to action without a ranking in April, and has played at Stuttgart and Madrid as a wild card. She now stands at a world ranking of 211, and is currently playing at Rome. She qualified for Wimbledon qualifiers last week, if the English grand slam will not provide the 2004 champion with a wild card for qualifiers, which will be announced on 20th June.