No Sharapova at French OPEN
Maria Sharapova took to twitter to release a statement which seemed to be directed at the French Open’s denying her a wildcard.
‘No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams.
‘There can be a wildcard for the return of injuries – there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping, ‘ FFT chief Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini said.
“I would hope they would stay strong and say “no sorry, you have got to go through and play qualifying”, Cash said.
While she is likely to get ample opportunity to try and climb her way back up the rankings in the months to follow, the road ahead for the 30-year-old Russian tennis ace looks bumpy for now as the challenges start emerging on her path.
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”.
Whilst acknowledging that wildcards were granted at a tournament’s discretion, Simon said: “What I do not agree with is the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision with respect to Maria Sharapova”.
For her part Sharapova said she remains fully committed to making a successful comeback from her doping ban, regardless of what assistance she receives.
Maria Sharapova sits in a break during her a match at the Madrid Open. “But while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can’t be a wild card for return from doping”. “The tennis anti-doping program (TADP) is a uniform effort supported by the Grand Slams, WTA, ITF and ATP“, Sport24 quoted Simon as saying.
Sharapova is guaranteed a qualifying spot at Wimbledon in July after winning her opening match at the ongoing Rome Masters, although she missed a chance at direct entrance into the main draw after a second-round exit yesterday.
The Florida-based Russian won the last of her five grand slams in Paris three years ago but her chances of adding to that tally in the coming months have been boosted by the absence of a pregnant Serena Williams, who has won their last 18 meetings, including three major finals. 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 Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal, ruling she bore “less than significant fault” in the case and she could not “be considered to be an intentional doper”.
“I know that a lot of people might be disappointed by this decision”. The wild card she received to play at the Stuttgart Open understandably rankled with many, considering the tournament started two days before the end of her ban, but Sharapova is within her rights to accept whatever invites come her way.