Maria Sharapova Reportedly Won’t Get A French Open Main Draw Wildcard
by Tom Gainey | April 25th, 2017, 5:13 pm
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According to a report, Maria Sharapova wish for a main draw French Open wildcard will be denied. Daily Telegraph writer Simon Briggs broke the news yesterday, revealing the French Open will not give the former champion a main draw wildcard but instead likely offer her one into the qualifying.

The tournament is scheduled to officially announce their wildcards on May 15. Sharapova’s bid for a main draw spot has been met with much criticism.

And if true, will Wimbledon do the same?

Sharapova is scheduled to return from her 15-month ban tomorrow in Stuttgart where she’ll meet Roberta Vinci who also is against Sharapova’s wildcards.

“I don’t agree about the wild card here,” Vinci said. “I think she is a great player, person. She made her mistakes, for sure, but she paid and she can return to play but without any wild cards, any help, but just to play.”

Sharapova has also been given wildcards into Rome and Madrid. And with Serena on the sidelines the rest of the season, the WTA and women’s tennis is desperate for someone to fill the void.


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4 Comments for Maria Sharapova Reportedly Won’t Get A French Open Main Draw Wildcard

RZ Says:

I would have thought they’d give her one as a 2-time champ.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

She should get a wildcard. Her punishment is over, now she’s a player. And as a star player, a huge draw, a multi-Slam winner, and a potential force, this is what wild cards are for. The question is for the tournament. It’s their right. So, is the tournament richer or poorer with her there?


RZ Says:

@TV – the French Open probably will sell out with or without her, which may be why they won’t give her one or would give her one for qualifying, unlike the smaller tournaments that would need her presence to sell tix.

One unmentioned factor is whether adding her could diminish the French players chances of doing well there, not that there are any French women players who are likely to win or even reach the semis of the FO.


Annie Says:

This Ruling is Total BS!!! Plain and simple. Let the FO officials and the rest of upcoming tourneys keep playing their games.
VERY UNPROFESSIONAL OF THEM!!!

HOPE THEY LOSE MONEY THEY COULD HAVE HAD BECAUSE MARIA IS NOT PART OF THE DRAW! Hope they do lose money!!! oh well…poor them!
All I have to say at that point…is BOO!!! HOO!!!

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