Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard
MADRID: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard for the Madrid Open in May simply weeks after finishing a 15-month ban for doping, organisers showed on Wednesday.
The Russian who gained the French Open for her 5th Grand Slam in 2014 – in a while after profitable the Madrid Open that yr – plans to make her go back to the circuit in Stuttgart on April 26.
“Sharapova asked a call for participation to play within the event and after cautious attention, we made up our minds to offer her a wild card,” stated event director and previous Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana.
“Maria is likely one of the very best gamers of the remaining 15 years and in addition a previous winner of our event.
“In Madrid she all the time performs smartly and I´m positive she is going to come again to the courts extremely motivated and hoping to do smartly in her first tournaments.”
Sharapova hasn´t performed on excursion since checking out sure for meldonium on the 2016 Australian Open.
However, her preliminary two-year ban through the International Tennis Federation, used to be lowered to 15 months through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“Sharapova is a type of gamers that every one tennis enthusiasts need to see,” added event CEO Gerard Tsobanian.
The event runs from May 6 to May 13.