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Sharapova denied wild card to French Open

Maria Sharapova, twice a champion at Roland Garros, is denied a wild card invitation to this month's French Open

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Sharapova denied wild card to French Open

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Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been denied a wild card invitation to this month’s French Open.

The 30-year-old Russian, twice a champion at Roland Garros, came back from a 15-month doping ban last month.

But she did not have enough ranking points to go straight into the main draw in Paris, nor into the qualifying event.

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

The main tournament runs from May 28-June 11.