Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sharapova won't request Wimbledon wild card

Earlier this week, however, French Open officials cited Sharapova's 15-month doping ban as a reason she would not be given a wild card to Roland Garros, either for the main tournament or for qualifying.

The 30-year-old, whose chances of climbing high enough up the Women's Tennis Association rankings to make the automatic Wimbledon draw were scotched when she pulled out of this week's Italian Open with injury, has made a decision to take matters into her own hands by attempting to win the Roehampton qualifying tournament.

That ranking was not good enough to make the French Open qualifying draw but is good enough for Wimbledon qualifying.

Players, including world No.1s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, have been outspoken about Sharapova receiving free passes into events in the light of her doping ban, as opposed to coming back from an injury.

Russia's Maria Sharapova has confirmed she will not ask for a wildcard entry for the Wimbledon Championships, opting to compete in the qualifying rounds.

Several players have voiced their disapproval at Sharapova's return, most noticeably Canada's Eugenie Bouchard who said Sharapova should have been banned for life, calling her a "cheater".

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The five-time grand slam champion said that her team did not check the updated banned substance list and hence she tested positive for the drug at the 2016 Australian Open.

Sharapova's attempts to secure a wildcard for this month's French Open were rejected by the French Tennis Federation this week.

Wimbledon qualifying starts on June 26 and Sharapova will need to win three matches to enter the main tournament.

Her decision takes the heat off the Wimbledon wildcard committee which meets on June 20 and could technically still offer her automatic entry into the main draw.

The former world No.1 will play the Aegon Classic Birmingham for the first time in seven years, and has committed to playing both the 2017 and 2018 events, reports Xinhua news agency.

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