French Open decision on Maria Sharapova to be reported on May 15
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By AFP | Published:April 20, 2017 08:03 PM
PARIS: Maria Sharapova will learn on May 15 whether she can contend at the French Open after her medications boycott, French tennis authorities said Thursday, demanding the nonattendance of pregnant Serena Williams would make little difference to their choice.
Two-time Roland Garros champion Sharapova dubiously returns one week from now from a 15-month drugs boycott at the WTA Stuttgart Grand Prix.
Stuttgart offered the 30-year-old Russian a special case section since she no longer has a world positioning – a move that infuriated a few players. Sharapova has additionally been welcome to dirt court occasions in Madrid and Rome.
Regardless of whether she gets a special case for Roland Garros will be uncovered only seven days before qualifying starts for the May 28-June 11 Grand Slam.
French Tennis Federation (FTF) president Bernard Giudicelli said a month ago they confronted an ethical issue and implied he was against it.
On the off chance that Sharapova passes up a major opportunity the French Open will proceed without the two greatest drawcards in the ladies’ amusement, with Williams reporting Wednesday the finish of her season because of pregnancy.
“Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are two detached cases,” said Giudicelli.
“We’re organizing a Grand Slam, not a throwing.”
On the off chance that the FTF chooses not to offer Sharapova a trump card despite everything she has a possibility of making Roland Garros by means of the qualifiers, however for that course, she should get enough focuses by winning or potentially notwithstanding making the last in Stuttgart.
Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, had an underlying two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) diminished to 15 months after she tried positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium.
This was a solution the Russian had been taking when it was inside the principles yet which was later renamed as a restricted medication.
The Russian takes to the tennis court next Wednesday – the main day she is qualified to play, with a few adversaries opposing the Stuttgart choice.
“It’s a German competition and we have such a variety of good German players so this is somewhat bizarre,” said Germany’s reality number one Angelique Kerber.
Previous world number one Caroline Wozniacki said the Stuttgart competition’s liberality towards Sharapova is “insolent to different players and the WTA”.