Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says rival Radwanska

Former world primary tennis participant Maria Sharapova should Now Not be fast-tracked into subsequent month’s French Open as she returns from a doping ban, insists Polish rival Agnieszka Radwanska.

With double French Open champion Sharapova at the moment unranked, all eyes will be on the French Tennis Federation (FFT) subsequent month when it decides whether or not or to not hand the 30-12 months-previous a wildcard into the event.

Sharapova makes her comeback to the WTA Tour after 15 months out in Stuttgart subsequent week, after gaining a wildcard, and has additionally been given invites to play in Madrid and Rome.

Roland Garros organizers might be wrestling with the moral conundrum surrounding a wildcard — or free entry into the French Open — provided that Sharapova is the biggest draw card in women’s tennis right now, and arguably much wanted given the absence of Serena Williams who earlier this week introduced her pregnancy.

Regardless, Radwanska believes entry to the year’s 2nd grand slam match would be a step too a long way.

“Now in Germany, subsequent in Spain, but thus far she hasn’t been invited to play at slams in Paris and London and personally that’s the way it must stay,” world number eight Radwanska advised Poland’s sports day-to-day Przeglad Sportowy.

“She should win her position thanks to excellent results.”

Sharapova was once initially banned for two years following a positive take a look at for the newly-banned drug Meldonium on the 2016 Australian Open however the sanction was diminished to 15 months by way of the Court Docket of Arbitration for Recreation (CAS).

Remaining week she criticized the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for No Longer doing enough to warn her that Meldonium — a product she had used legally during her profession to combat well being considerations — had been added to the arena Anti-Doping Company’s listing of banned resources in late 2015.

Sharapova, 30, is more likely to obtain a lukewarm reception in Stuttgart subsequent week with a number of players, together with any other former world primary Caroline Wozniacki, also questioning whether she must have bought a wildcard.

Men’s world number one Andy Murray has also voiced his disapproval about the return of Sharapova who was caught out through the game’s anti-doping laws after failing to comprehend that Meldonium, in the past legal, had been delivered to the banned checklist.

“I Am Not hiding my views. I Think the same as Andy Murray,” Radwanska, who has overwhelmed Sharapova only twice in 15 attempts, informed the newspaper.

“This Kind Of entry into the match must be to be had only for avid gamers who have been dropped in the rating due to injury, sickness or different random accident.

“Not for these suspended for doping. Maria must rebuild her profession in a different way, beginning with smaller occasions.

“She would not have an opportunity for (a wildcard) from my hands (if I was a event director).”

With the main draw closing date passed Sharapova’s hopes of Taking Part In in the match she won in 2012 and 2014 could rest with FFT president Bernard Giudicelli who Final month admitted the decision was “difficult”.

The absence of three-instances winner Serena Williams, can be a factor as the women’s game is brief on big personalities.

A Choice is anticipated on May 15.

Taking Part In during the qualifying match can also be a possibility for Sharapova, even supposing so as to have a excessive sufficient ranking for the May 1 time limit to enter that she would almost definitely need to win the Stuttgart title.

The French Open begins on Could 28.

(Reporting with the aid of Martyn Herman in London; Additional reporting via Piotr Kwiatkowski; Modifying via Ossian Shine)

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