Sharapova says she'll 'rise up again' after French Open snub

Solenn Plantier
Mai 20, 2017

The decision by the French Open authorities to refuse Maria Sharapova a wild card has surprisingly received the full support of the Russian's racket sponsor. She has insisted that 'no words, games, or actions will ever stop her from reaching her own dreams.' She's right!

Then came the big snub - French Tennis president Bernard Giudicelli announcing that the 2012 and 2014 champion would play no part in this year's tournament which starts later this month.

"What also disappoints me is the fact that Wada has not conducted their business properly, that disappoints me more than the fact that Maria is not playing".

"She might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, it's my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game", he said.

On denying her entry to the French Open, Giudicelli said: "Nobody can deprive her of her two titles here in Roland Garros, but these two titles she had conquered them according to the rules and behold nothing to anyone".

She recently returned to the tour after serving a 15-month doping ban.

The 30-year-old Sharapova, who retired injured from her second-round clash at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Tuesday, has responded defiantly. "She has complied with the sanction", said WTA chief Steve Simon.

Sharapova secured a spot in the qualifying draw for Wimbledon by meeting ranking criteria but will find out if she receives a wildcard for the main draw on June 20.

Cash said he was disappointed the Italian federation had offered up a wildcard this week but hoped there'd be no such offer from Wimbledon officials.

"What I do not agree with is the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision with respect to Maria Sharapova".

The lack of competitive action has seen her drop out of the top 200 players in the world and she is relying on wildcard invitations to the biggest tournaments.

Sharapova can rise above the furore surrounding her return if she accepts the decision to deny her a wild card entry to the French Open without rancor, former world No. 3 Pam Shriver has said.

"There are no grounds to penalise any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters".

But Australia's former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash congratulated the French Tennis Federation on not giving the five-time Grand Slam victor a wildcard and urged the All England Club to do the same.

Sharapova - now ranked 211 - was forced to retire from her second round match at the Italian Open with a thigh injury yesterday.

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