Maria Sharapova will not feature at this year’s French Open after the French Tennis Federation (FTF) revealed the former world No.1 will not be offered a wildcard berth in the 2017 tournament.
The Russian-American is making her comeback from a 15-month drug suspension and is relying on wildcard entries into some of this year’s biggest competitions due to the fact her current ranking is too low for automatic injury.
FTF chief Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini confirmed on Tuesday that Sharapova will not be offered a wildcard spot at Roland Garros, with the Paris competition now less than a fortnight away:
“There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries – there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping. I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it’s my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result.”
French Open 2017: Women’s Singles Odds
- Simona Halep: 4/1 (5.00)
- Garbine Muguruza: 10/1 (11.00)
- Angelique Kerber: 10/1 (11.00)
- Elina Svitolina: 14/1 (15.00)
- Karolina Pliskova: 14/1 (15.00)
- Kristina Mladenovic: 16/1 (17.00)