Tennis players remain opposed to Maria Sharapova's wildcard comeback

Candice Alexander
March 12, 2017

"It's a little bit unusual also for the other players that someone can only just walk on site on Wednesday and play on Wednesday". As always the sayings about Sharapova are not so friendly, starting from Angelique Kerber who said that it's "strange" that Masha can play Stuttgart though under suspension at the start of event.

However, the five-time Grand Slam title victor will need French Open organizers to hand her a wild card at Roland Garros, where she is a two-time victor, as her world ranking was wiped off during her ban imposed for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. But the main intrigue is, of course, upcoming Roland Garros, where Maria will reportedly not allowed because of convicted of a doping offense.

Speaking at the BNP Paribas Open, Wozniacki said: "I think obviously she's a good draw to tennis, women's tennis in general. It sends the wrong message".

"But at the same time, I feel like when a player is banned for drugs, I think that someone should start from the bottom and fight their way back because it's different from an injury or where someone is out because they had hurt themselves".

Asked about it again at Indian Wells, Murray acknowledged that the tactics of Sharapova being a part of the tournament will make things a lot of difference."The tournaments are well within their rights to give a wild card, there's nothing saying they can't", he said. According to Kerber, the decision of the Stuttgart WTA tournament's bosses to issue a wild card for the Russian player is poorly balanced while there are many German players who can receive a wild card at this German event. I'm sure she's going to play well. "That's something that maybe should be looked at".

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However, Romanian world number four Simona Halep thinks Sharapova's past achievements justify the wildcards.

"She was number one in the world and won Grand Slam titles", Halep said.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga said: "I do not think it makes any sense for Maria to have a wild card. We all want her to gain her top form as soon as possible, to return to the sports elite".

Cornet's tweet was also deleted - a sign perhaps of the divisiveness of the issue.

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