Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open due to her doping ban.
Saying the choice on a stay Fb broadcast on Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli stated he advised Sharapova in individual.
“I made a decision to not give Maria Sharapova a wild card. I am very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her followers. They is perhaps disenchanted, she could be very disillusioned,” Giudicelli stated. “However it’s my duty, it is my mission to guard the sport and shield the excessive requirements of the sport.” Sharapova returned to tennis solely final month following a 15-month ban for doping.
“This suspension is over and she will take her path towards new success,” Giudicelli stated. “However whereas there could be a wild card for return from damage, there cannot be a wild card for return from doping.” Sharapova, who has titles in any respect 4 majors, gained at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.
Because of wild playing cards at her first two tournaments, she received her world rating to outdoors the highest 200 this week. However that wasn’t ok to make the reduce even for the qualifying subject at Roland Garros, so she is going to miss the event for a second straight yr.
The French Open begins on Might 28. She’s utilizing one other wild card to play within the Italian Open this week.
Sharapova initially was given a two-yr suspension after testing constructive for the banned coronary heart drug meldonium finally yr’s Australian Open.
The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport decreased the ban on attraction, ruling she bore “lower than vital fault” within the case and she or he couldn’t “be thought-about to be an intentional doper.” Sharapova had been taking meldonium for a few years, however missed bulletins by WADA that it added the drug to its banned listing on January 1, 2016.
“The Courtroom of Arbitration lowered her suspension but in addition acknowledged that Maria was the only individual liable for her misfortune,” Giudicelli stated. “It isn’t right down to me to query that call and, I repeat, we should respect selections that have been taken.”
Prime-ranked gamers Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray spoke out towards Sharapova receiving wild playing cards, whereas Eugenie Bouchard went so far as calling her a “cheater” who ought to be banned for all times.
Italian Open organizers have been the primary to supply Sharapova a wild card, they usually have been criticised for not giving one to former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, an Italian. However on Monday, followers cheered and held up indicators of encouragement for Sharapova, a 3-time Rome champion, throughout her first-spherical match.
It was a lot the identical reception as she obtained in Stuttgart, Germany, her first event again. On the time, WTA CEO Steve Simon advised German broadcaster ZDF she had paid the worth.
“I do not assume a suspension ought to wipe out the profession’s value of labor,” he stated.
Sharapova obtained one other wild card for the Madrid Open final week.
However she did not gained sufficient at these two occasions to safe a spot in qualifying for Roland Garros, and so was reliant on a wild card into the primary draw.
Though sympathetic, Giudicelli was additionally unrepentant.
“I do know that lots of people is perhaps disillusioned by this determination. However however, Roland Garros invests so much together with the opposite Grand Slams, the ATP, and the WTA into the struggle towards doping,” he stated. “It was inconceivable to take a choice that may have been the other of this.
“I do know the media dimension Maria has. I do know the expectation followers and broadcasters have. However it did not appear attainable for me to go above the robust dedication and the respect for the anti-doping code. “
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