Sharapova's popularity doesn't earn a French Open wild card — Sports Briefly

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

"I don't think that's right".

"I will be getting all the necessary examinations to make sure it's not serious". Ratings may suffer, but Roland Garros will ultimately be stronger for it.

She won both of her previous matches against Lucic-Baroni, a semifinalist at this year's Australian Open.

Her comeback, though, has been controversial and has often met with opprobrium from fellow players, notably Eugenie Bouchard.

Wimbledon chiefs have until 20 June - 13 days before the tournament begins - to decide whether to hand Sharapova a wild card, although she may have another route via the qualifying competition.

"As you talk with players, it's very controversial".

Certainly it is bold decision by the FFT, especially given that this year's tournament will also be missing three-time champion Serena Williams due to pregnancy, as well as Victoria Azarenka, who is still on maternity leave.

Former world No1 Maria Sharapova insists her exclusion from the French Open has only made her more determined to rediscover her grand slam-winning form.

"I am a bit disappointed that the Italian federation haven't done the same thing by giving her a wildcard here in Rome this week, even though she didn't get through". "But it's my responsibility, it's my mission, to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game".

Sharapova can rise above the furore surrounding her return if she accepts the decision to deny her a wild card entry to the French Open without rancor, former world No. 3 Pam Shriver has said. He said none of the other members of the administrative team were in favor of awarding Sharapova a wild card.

She had emerged victorious at Roland Garros in the years 2012 and 2014, but is now set to miss it for the second year in a row.

Johan Eliasch, chief executive of tennis racket firm Head, has previously been critical of including meldonium as a banned substance and he further emphasised that point in light of the announcement made on Tuesday.

The Russian tennis star had left the court for an injury timeout during the second game of the third set.

On denying her entry to the French Open, Giudicelli said: "Nobody can deprive her of her two titles here in Roland Garros, but these two titles she had conquered them according to the rules and behold nothing to anyone".

The 30-year-old Sharapova recently returned to the tour after serving a 15-month doping ban.

"Of course I felt some pressure". If Sharapova also wants to play the week before, she has Nottingham and the Dutch town of Rosmalen to choose between.

Sharapova had needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to avoid needing a wildcard for the Wimbledon main draw.

Yes, I am disappointed, but rules are rules.

He accepted a lot of fans wanted to see her play, but he would not grant special favors.

'This suspension is over, and she can take her path toward new success. "It's not down to me to question that decision and, I repeat, we must respect decisions that were taken".

Maria Sharapova sits in a break during her a match at the Madrid Open.

"Must be tough for her, but it's the way it is", Novak Djokovic said in Rome about the French Open ruling.

Giudicelli, elected president of the French federation in February, indicated shortly after his election that it would be "very complicated" to give Sharapova a wild card.

The five-times grand slam champion, one of the sport's biggest names and whose $36 million in prize money is dwarfed by her off-court earnings, was initially banned for two years.

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