Thursday, 23 November, 2017

WTA CEO unhappy with Sharapova's French Open snub

Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 22:59

Maria Sharapova vowed to "rise up again" today after she was refused a wildcard for the French Open following her 15-month ban for doping.

Sharapova has competed at three events since returning to competitive tennis following her 15-month suspension for testing positive for meldonium, a sanction that was reduced from two years by the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS).

Nevertheless, while wild cards can be awarded to players returning from injury, this cannot be the case for those coming back from doping bans.

The 30-year-old told CAS that she had used the heart disease drug, which was only banned in January 2016, for health problems for 10 years. "No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams".

Maria Sharapova retired with injury in her second-round match in Rome, just hours after she was denied a wild card for the French Open, while defending champion Andy Murray crashed to a heavy defeat in his opener against Fabio Fognini.

Sharapova was widely expected to be fast-tracked into the second Grand Slam of the season, which she has won twice, but the French Tennis Federation (FFT) took the unexpected decision on Tuesday to refuse her entry.

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Forget, only recently appointed, went on the record about being uncomfortable with the idea of granting Sharapova an easy route to the clay courts of Roland Garros, while also aggressively promoting anti-doping campaigns among up and coming players. The Swedish billionaire said the FFT decision was a result of WADA's poor decision to ban the substance without any tests. "And I have many", Sharapova wrote. "I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans", Giudicelli said.

Australian Cash, however, hopes the only way the Russian will turn out at Wimbledon later this summer is if she has earned a place by right.

The decision made by the French tennis authorities to deny Maria Sharapova a wild card for the French Open has caused much debate. "We can not decide, on the one hand, to increase the amount of funds we dedicate to the anti-doping battle and, on the other, invite her", he said in March.

"I don't think there should be wild cards for doping offenders". But nevertheless Roland Garros invests a lot - along with the other Grand Slams, the ATP, and the WTA - into the fight against doping.

"There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters".

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.

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