No Wild card for Maria Sharapova, French Open organizers
Women Tennis Association said French open Organizers have no reasons to penalize Maria Sharapova. And hold back her wild card entry in the event.
The 30 years Old Russian has a very low ranking for direct entry, as she is making a comeback after 15 months drug ban. Eager to play French open 2017, she is two times French Open winner.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said they hold back the wild card to “protect” the sport’s standards.
Meanwhile, WTA Chief Steve Simons didn’t agree with them.
He said, “I don’t agree with the basis for their decision. She has complied with the sanction. There are no grounds to penalize any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters.”
Sharapova needs the wildcard, to play the French open. The wildcards awarded at the discretion of tournament organizers for playing in either of the main draws or qualifying round.
Unfortunately, on Monday chief of FFT said, “wildcard can be given on injury returns, not on doping ban returns.”
“I feel sorry for Maria and for her fans too. I am sure they will be disappointed, and same does Maria. But my duty is to protect the game and the sports.”
The French Open begins on 28 May.