The Stuttgart event will host the return of Maria Sharapova. Sharapova’s 15-month ban from tennis ends on April 25. So Stuttgart has given the Russian a wildcard and a Wednesday, April 26th first round match date.
“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favorite tournaments,” said Sharapova. “I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”
The 29-year-old Sharapova has won the Stuttgart title four times. She shares the same car sponsor as the event.
Sharapova’s last match was a quarterfinal loss at the 2016 Australian Open.
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