“If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, every day. No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many,” she wrote.
Yesterday, not only did Sharapova learn the French decision, but she also had to retire in her match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni because of the thigh injury. Sharapova did not meet the press after, but she released this on her injury:
“I apologize for having to withdraw from my match today with a left thigh injury. I will be getting all the necessary examinations to make sure it is not serious. I want to that the tournament for giving me the opportunity to play in this special event again.”
Also, WTA CEO Steve Simon took issue with the language French officials used to deny Sharapova a spot.
“Wildcards are offered at tournaments’ sole discretion,” Simon said in a statement. “I fully support the players that received wildcards and wish them the very best of luck. It’s going to be a very exciting fortnight at Roland Garros.
“What I do not agree with is the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision with respect to Maria Sharapova. She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS.
“The tennis anti-doping program is a uniform effort supported by the Grand Slams, WTA, ITF, and ATP.
“There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalize any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters.”
Regardless of the rhetoric, the fact is, the 2-time champion Sharapova will not be at the French Open this year. No words are changing that.
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