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

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

She has competed in three events since returning and even had a semi-final run in Stuttgart in her first tournament back, but has not able to acquire enough points to secure an automatic place in qualifying ranks for the tournament in Paris.

It is the latest setback for the 30-year-old Russian, who is also in danger of missing out on a spot at Wimbledon this year.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia - Rome, Italy - 16/5/17- Sharapova reacts during the match.

The lack of competitive action has seen her drop out of the top 200 players in the world and she is relying on wildcard invitations to the biggest tournaments.

The 2012 and 2014 French Open victor has yet to publicly comment on her Roland Garros snub which was delivered by Guidicelli on Facebook Live, ahead of the May 28-June 11 tournament. "It's going to be a very exciting fortnight at Roland Garros", Simon said in a statement.

Giuidicelli explained the decision in a live broadcast on Facebook, saying: "There can be a wildcard for return from injuries; there cannot be a wildcard for return from doping".

But Australia's former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash congratulated the French Tennis Federation on not giving the five-time Grand Slam victor a wildcard and urged the All England Club to do the same.

"I am very happy about the beginning of the season", said the 14-time Grand Slam victor. "I had a lot of success in my career, so I'm trying to enjoy every day, the fact I am playing again in these events", he added.

"I merely wished to say that I had decided not to award you the wild card that you had requested".

Maria Sharapova has broken her silence after being denied a wildcard to this month's French Open, insisting "no words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams".

While Sharapova was making her exit from Rome, the French Tennis Federation was broadcasting its decision on wild cards at Roland Garros, which begins on 28 May. "They might be disappointed, she might be very disappointed".

Giudicelli said he personally told Sharapova of his ruling during a phone call on Tuesday.

The French Open, and tennis at large, will benefit from this stance in the long run.

Sharapova got a wild card for the Madrid Open last week.

Maria Sharapova's strong return at the end of April from her 15-month ban for a doping violation has this week taken a serious dip in fortune.


Sharapova did not comment on Tuesday's announcement.

"I apologize for having to withdraw from my match today with a left thigh injury".

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam victor, made her return to competition in April at the Stuttgart Open in April after a 15-month ban over a positive test for the angina drug meldonium.

Given professional tennis's lax approach to anti-doping measures compared to many other sports, it is clear an example is being made of Sharapova - a player who has officially been cleared of intentional doping.

"I know the media dimension Maria has".

"Of course I felt some pressure. Maria won twice here, but we have a huge responsibility".

Shriver said Sharapova needed to come to terms with what had happened and turn her attention to preparing for Wimbledon, where the Russian is already one of the bookmakers' favorites for the title.

Sharapova stunned the sporting world past year when she stood up in a Los Angeles hotel to say that she had failed a doping test for meldonium - a drug that she said she had "legally" taken throughout her career to treat medical conditions. Sharapova had been taking meldonium for many years, but overlooked announcements by WADA that it added the drug to its banned list on January 1, 2016.

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

Meanwhile, Australia's Daria Gavrilova has won through to the last-16 of the Italian Open after beating French world No. 24 Caroline Garcia 7-5 3-6 6-3.

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.