Roland Garros declina invitar a Sharápova
Maria Sharapova denied French Open wildcard by tournament officials

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PARÍS.- La organización del Roland Garros declinó invitar al torneo que se disputará entre el 28 de mayo y el 15 de junio a la tenista rusa María Sharápova, quien cumplió quince meses de sanción por el consumo del fármaco cardiovascular Meldonium.

El presidente de la Federación Francesa de Tenis (FFT), Bernard Giudicelli, consideró que no hay margen de invitaciones para quien regresa de una sanción por dopaje.

Sharápova, de 30 años, regresó a las pistas en abril, en el torneo de Sttutgart, al que llegó a semifinales, después de que el Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo (TAS) rebajara de dos años a quince meses su suspensión por consumo de Meldonium.

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The 30-year-old does not have enough ranking points to go straight into the main draw in Paris, nor the qualifying event.

Former world No 1 Maria Sharapova has been denied a wildcard invitation to this month’s French Open, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) has announced.

The 30-year-old Russian, a twice champion at Roland Garros who came back from a 15-month doping ban last month, did not have enough ranking points to go straight into the main draw in Paris, nor the qualifying event.

FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said: “If 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.”

Giudicelli said that he had informed Sharapova of the organisation’s decision in person.

The French Open runs from 28 May to 11 June.­