No French Open wildcard for Sharapova

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There cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping

Maria Sharapova will not take part in this year’s French Open after the two-time champion was not awarded a wildcard for Roland Garros 2017

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) revealed the full list of wildcard recipients for men’s and women’s singles – both for the main draw and for qualifying - on Tuesday, but Sharapova’s name did not appear.

The former world No.1, who returned to action last month from a 15-month drugs ban, is ranked too low (No.211) to gain direct entry. She won the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in 2012 and 2014.

"There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries - there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping," French Tennis Federation (FFT) chief Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini said.

"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans," said Giudicelli Ferrandini, as reported by the BBC. "They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result."

The French Open begins on May 28.

Posted by: tennishead

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