Roger Federer weighed in on the Maria Sharapova wildcard debate, calling it a “tricky one” and one that needs to be examined further.
“It’s a tough one,” Federer said Sunday at Indian Wells. “She paid the price for what she did, so that’s all you can say there.
“I see the argument of players being or people being turned off by it to get wildcards, to others who believe, well, she served her time. It’s all cool now. It’s all over.
“You could definitely revisit the rule potentially, which is to decide is it really just up to the tournaments, that one tournament director to decide if maybe Maria, or anybody now, just hypothetically speaking, deserves a wildcard or not, you know, after a ban. Or should wildcards not be part of the equation, certain level of tournaments?
“I’m not sure. I think it’s a good debate to have, for sure, but at the same time, you know, it’s a tricky one. I’m sure she’s happy that she’s back playing.”
Federer is in action later today at Indian Wells against American Steve Johnson.
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