Maria Sharapova has promised to ‘rise up again’ after being denied a wildcard entry for the French Open. The Russian was denied a wildcard on moral grounds, following her 15-month doping ban, as the French Tennis Federation said that it was not in the best interest of the game to allow her to play.
Sharapova had tested positive for heart disease drug meldonium at last year's Australian Open and was subsequently banned for 2 years. But the ban was reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on appeal after finding she was not an "intentional doper".
Ever since her return last month, Sharapova has been receiving wildcards entries into tournaments including Stuttgart, Madrid, and Rome. Following the withdrawal of Roger Federer, the Russian was expected to be given entry into the French Open, as well. However, the wildcards that were given to Sharapova did not sit well with a lot of the leading players, with the likes of Andy Murray and Serena Williams criticizing the move.
However, the organizers of the French Open decided against it on moral grounds. And now the 2 time Roland Garros winner has accepted the decision and vowed to come back stronger.
In a tweet on her official Twitter handle, Sharapova said wrote:
Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) May 17, 2017
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