Maria Sharapova will not pursue Wimbledon wildcard after opting for qualification route
- Author: Regina Holmes May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 0:50
The Russian was excluded from Roland Garros by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) after failing to make the cut for qualifiers following her return from a 15-month doping ban.
The five-time grand slam champion said that her team did not check the updated banned substance list and hence she tested positive for the drug at the 2016 Australian Open.
Organisers at the French Open confirmed on Tuesday that they would not hand Sharapova a place at Roland Garros, with French Tennis Federation president Bernard Guidicelli insisting "then there can not be a wild card for return from doping".
Maria Sharapova announces that she will attempt to secure her place at Wimbledon through the qualifying round rather than requesting a wildcard.
"I have some great memories of playing there over the years, including winning the title on two previous occasions".
On Friday, Sharapova said she has "already started getting treatment on the injury I sustained a few days ago in Rome and will begin my preparation as soon I get better".
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"This wasn't a decision we took lightly and we recognise not everyone will agree with it, however Maria has served her ban in full and is now back playing high quality tennis", said LTA chief executive Michael Downey in a statement.
The 30-year-old's comeback has divided opinion, with some fellow players criticising the decision to award her wildcard entries into WTA claycourt tournaments in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.
Maria Sharapova has been granted a wildcard for next month's WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham, a key Wimbledon warm-up, organisers said Thursday.
Sharapova's won against Christina McHale in the first round of the Italian Open 2017 tennis tournament earlier this month, thus making it to the inaugural stages of Wimbledon or the qualifying rounds. The five-time Grand Slam victor had plummeted to 211.
Press Association Sport understands Sharapova approached the LTA about receiving a wild card for the grass-court event and the organisation has agreed. Wimbledon's website states wild cards are typically offered "on the basis of past performance at Wimbledon or to increase British interest".
Sharapova will take part in the Birmingham based event.