FFT explains why Sharapova wouldn’t be given a wild card to participate in French open

Maria Sharapova will miss the French Open after tournament officials decided not to give the two-time champion a wildcard.

The Russian, 30, was ranked too low to gain direct entry as she continues her return from a 15-month drugs ban.

“There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries – there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping,” French Tennis Federation (FFT) chief Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini said.

The French Open begins on 28 May.

Since Sharapova returned to active Tennis following her ban, she hasn’t quite cut it yet as she continues to struggle to regain her form back.

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