No wildcard for Sharapova: Radwanska

  • No wildcard for Sharapova: Radwanska

No wildcard for Sharapova: Radwanska

Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is now the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour. The French tennis officials stated that the absence of Serena Williams, who on Wednesday announced she was 20 weeks pregnant, will have no bearing on their decision on whether Sharapova will be given clearance for the second Grand Slam of the year.

Radwanska thinks Sharapova ought to have to work her way back up the rankings before having the privilege of playing at the highest level.

Sharapova makes her comeback to the WTA Tour after 15 months out in Stuttgart next week, after gaining a wildcard, and has also been given invites to play in Madrid and Rome.

"Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are two separate cases", he commented, adding, "we are organizing a Grand Slam tournament, not a casting".

If the FTF decides not to offer Sharapova a wildcard she still has a chance of making Roland Garros via the qualifiers, but for that route she must pick up enough points by winning or possibly even making the final in Stuttgart.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova addresses the media regarding a failed drug test at the Australian Open at The LA Hotel Downtown on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

It means she will miss the remainder of this season and like those before her, including Azarenka and Kim Clijsters, her ranking will plummet while she takes an indefinite break from the game. She will return to competition next week as a wild card in Stuttgart's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Back on topic now, and it will remain to be seen how Maria Sharapova fares in her return to professional tennis after fifteen months out of the game thanks to a careless mistake she made very early a year ago.

Sharapova, 30, is likely to receive a lukewarm reception in Stuttgart next week with several players, including another former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, also questioning whether she should have received a wildcard. That's what her Polish counterpart Agnieszka Radwanska says.