Roger Federer: Maria Sharapova Paid The Price For What She Did
by Tom Gainey | March 14th, 2017, 9:21 am

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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3 Comments for Roger Federer: Maria Sharapova Paid The Price For What She Did

MMT Says:

A tepid response, at best. His instinct in this is correct: she did her time, so there should be no additional unofficial punishment, like a ban on wildcards. That sounds reasonable until you remember what the purpose of the wildcard is to begin with.

Panela Says:

Interesting to see all of the names that came out against Maria getting a wild card. Roger, full of class once again… She paid her dues and she gets to come back. Too bad for all the people who came out against her

BBB Says:

Er… He said it was a tough one and that he sees the arguments on the other side…

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