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Sharapova says she will 'rise up again' following French Open snub

20 May 2017, 02:18 | Pamela Mathis

Maria Sharapova after she won the French Open in 2012

Maria Sharapova after she won the French Open in 2012

She recently returned to the tour after serving a 15-month doping ban.

Three events, including the Italian Open this week, have given Sharapova wild cards since her suspension ended.

The Russian, 30, was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the Grand Slam tournament which she has won twice before.

In a statement reacting to the FFT's announcement, WTA chief Simon acknowledged that wildcards are offered at a tournaments' sole discretion but said there were no grounds for any member of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme to dish out further punishment after a player has served their suspension.

Wimbledon, in contrast to the French Open, is likely to have the luxury of knowing that even without offering Sharapova a wild card there is every chance that she will play at the All England Club this summer by winning three matches in the qualifying competition. If Sharapova were to win a grass-court title or two in the build-up to The Championships, for example, Wimbledon might look more favourably on her case.

"She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport)".

"I fully support the grand-slam tournament's decision", Eliasch told the Times newspaper. "I respect, and we should respect, the decision that was first taken by the International Tennis Federation's independent tribunal and then considered on appeal by CAS". The misery continued as Sharapova made a premature departure from the Italian Open due to injury, compounding matters for her in terms of Wimbledon qualification as well. The day before the Sharapova decision, Roger Federer also confirmed that he will not play at this year's French Open. She did not hold the usual post-match news conference but issued a statement.

"I will be getting all the necessary examinations to make sure it's not serious".

High profile WTA stars such as Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki, amongst others, have been critical of tournaments handing the Russian wildcards, and them, and several other players who do not believe that Sharapova should have been allowed straight into tournament main draws, are likely to disagree with Simon's comments.

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This decision comes just days after tournament director Guy Forget admitted the decision was "very controversial".

"I know that a lot of people might be disappointed by this decision", he said.

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

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

But not everyone in the tennis community was in agreement. "It's going to be a very exciting fortnight at Roland Garros", he added.

"She has to go through a tougher way back", Djokovic added.

Thanks to wild cards at her first two tournaments, she lifted her world ranking to outside the top 200 this week.

However, he has laid the blame for one of his most prominent clients missing the second Grand Slam event of the year at the door of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).



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