Maria Sharapova has been in lots of controversy in the recent time after coming back from the ban. After all the controversies about her participation in the French Open, the organizers has decided to not give her the wild card for this tournament. This means that Sharapova will not be able to participate in the tournament.
The 30-year-old tennis star who is trying to make a comeback to the professional tennis arena after suffering 15-months ban because of doping.
This will be a massive blow for the competition also who will not see any big star featuring this time. In the women’s division, Serena Williams already pulled her name because of her pregnancy.
French Tennis Federation President, Bernard Giudicelli told the press that Sharapova would not be given the wild card for the competition. He said,” You get a wild card only when you return from injury not when you are making comeback from doping suspension.” He also added,” I appreciate the media impact of Maria, I appreciate the broadcaster’s expectation but in conscience, it was not possible to go beyond the anti-doping code.”
He also said,” She might be disappointed but I need to protect the game.”
Maria made a great comeback as she made it to the semi-finals in Stuttgart in her first tournament. But despite that great performance she currently ranks at 211 which is the way to low for the automatic qualification for the tournament.
This will be a big blow for Sharapova as she was preparing hard to make a comeback to the grand slam arena.
Sharapova announced last year that she was tested positive for heart drug meld onium at the Australian Open, which is one of the banned drugs by WADA. She defended her that she took that drug for most of her career for the medical reason.
She was then handed a 15 months ban from all form of the tennis tournament. Her comeback was also not easy as she faced a massive criticism from some of the top players in the world after the organizers of Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome Open allowed her participation in the tournament as the wild card entry.
Sharapova is also on the verge of losing the spot in Wimbledon as the main draw is on Monday and she needs a minimum semi-final run in the Rome this week if she wants a spot in the main draw.