WTA CEO unhappy with Sharapova's French Open snub

Maria Sharapova hits a strong backhand

Maria Sharapova hits a strong backhand

"And I have many", Sharapova wrote.

Maria Sharapova has vowed to "rise up again" after being told she would not be getting a French Open wildcard.

Wimbledon chiefs have until 20 June - 13 days before the tournament begins - to decide whether to hand Sharapova a wild card, although she may have another route via the qualifying competition.

It drew a withering response from Sharapova, although the Canadian won when the pair met in Madrid earlier this month.

He added: "Must be tough for her, but it's the way it is".

Sharapova, now ranked No. 211 in the WTA world rankings, is now playing in the Italian Open.

The Russian beauty did well enough in the Stuttgart Open to get back into the top 200 WTA ranking and her first round win at the Italian Open was enough to get her into the qualifying round of Wimbledon. "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".

But Australia's former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash congratulated the French Tennis Federation on not giving the five-time Grand Slam victor a wildcard and urged the All England Club to do the same.

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Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam victor, made her return to competition in April at the Stuttgart Open in April after a 15-month ban over a positive test for the angina drug meldonium.

"It is not for me to question that (CAS) decision".

Maria Sharapova will not play at this year's French Open after organizers decided not to grant the two-time champion a wildcard into the tournament.

This follows FFT president Bernard Giudicelli's public statement on Tuesday in which he remarked he had a "responsibility to protect the high standards of the game". And she did, after all, return to the WTA tour last month; she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January 2016.

She also made clear that she agreed with Giudicelli, calling the decision to deny the wild card "brave" because of Sharapova's popularity. But nevertheless Roland Garros invests a lot, along with the other Grand Slams, the ATP, and the WTA, into the fight against doping.

Italian Open organizers were the first to offer Sharapova a wild card, and they were criticized for not giving one to former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, an Italian.

"The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward", he said.

Throughout all the trials and tribulations of Sharapova's doping case since she announced her positive test for Meldonium back in March a year ago, Simon has been broadly supportive of the Russian but had not yet criticised any decision that had gone against her until the announcement yesterday.

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