The French Tennis Federation has denied the invitation to the former world number one who spent 15 months without playing after a penalty for doping. As his level in the world rankings is very low, he could only have played in Paris clay with a “wild-card”. “It’s up to her to win the titles back,” said Bernard Giudicelli, president of the FFT.
In spite of its media dimension and the expectation of the Roland Garros public, management has preferred to do without the Russian who won twice in Paris in 2012 and 2014. Sharapova had little hope since in March Giudicelli had warned: “We can not decide, On the one hand, to increase the donations to the anti-doping fund and on the other … (to invite him) “.
The 30-year-old tennis player received a barrage of criticism from the other players after having participated by invitation in the Sttutgart, Madrid, and Roma tournaments, which left on Wednesday for a left thigh injury in the second round against Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
“It is a German tournament, there are German players who should have an invitation,” complained the current world number 1 Angelique Kerber before the test in Stuttgart, where the Russian lost in the semifinals against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. The same tone used the player Caroline Wozniacki. “Everyone deserves a second chance but, at the same time, I find that a player suspended for doping should start over from scratch and win his return, it’s different from an injury,” she said.
Sharapova who fell from the highest to the lowest tries to have all these criticisms slip him. “It’s the last of my problems,” said the Russian about the opinions of her colleagues. The world star of tennis tested positive for meldonium during the Australian Open in January 2016. A substance that had entered the list of prohibited products on January 1 of that year.
The World Anti-Doping Code does not have any wild-card rules and it is only the test organizers who have the authority to grant them.
Sharapova misses the Grand Slam in Paris from 28 May to 11 June and could also miss the Wimbledon in London, which is held just after All England Club president Philip Brook said that Had an ” eye on the decision of Paris ” to pronounce. The answer will be announced on June 20.