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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Maria Sharapova denied wild card for French Open

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova will not be participating in the French Open later this month, as the former world No. 1 has been denied a wild card berth to the event.

Sharapova did not play well enough in her three tournaments since returning from suspension to qualify for the French Open, so she would have needed a free pass. FFT president Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini announced on Facebook Tuesday that she will not be getting it.

Not only did the FFT deny Sharapova a wild card for the main draw, they also denied her a wild card for the qualifying tournament.

Many people have been outspoken about not giving Sharapova wild cards to big events. Genie Bouchard, who defeated Sharapova at the Mutua Madrid Open earlier this month, has been perhaps the most vocal in calling out Sharapova for her doping suspension.

Sharapova won her match at the Italian Open on Monday, so she is guaranteed a spot in the qualifier for Wimbledon. She can still earn a spot in the Wimbledon main draw if she continues to win.

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