After the French Open organizers decided not to give former World No.1 Maria Sharapova wild card entry to the main draw or qualifying, WTA CEO Steve Simon issued the following statement:
“Wildcards are offered at tournaments’ sole discretion. I fully support the players that received wildcards and wish them the very best of luck. It’s going to be a very exciting fortnight at Roland Garros.”
“What I do not agree with is the basis put forward by the FFT for their decision with respect to Maria Sharapova. She has complied with the sanction imposed by CAS.”
“The tennis anti-doping program is a uniform effort supported by the Grand Slams, WTA, ITF, and ATP.”
“There are no grounds for any member of the TADP to penalize any player beyond the sanctions set forth in the final decisions resolving these matters.”
Sharapova is a two-time French Open champion. The two-year suspension was issued by an independent tribunal appointed by the ITF, and subsequently reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
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