Sport 'Don't give Sharapova slam spot'

17:15  21 april  2017
17:15  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

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Maria Sharapova should not be given a wildcard entry into next month's French Open, according to Agnieszka Radwanska.

Sharapova returns to the WTA Tour as a wildcard in Stuttgart next week after serving a 15-month ban for a doping offence.

Current world No 1 Angelique Kerber called the Stuttgart organisers' decision "a little strange", while men's No 1 Andy Murray has also made known his feelings on the issue.

And now Radwanska has called for Sharapova, a two-time French Open winner, to start from scratch rather than walk straight into the Roland Garros draw.

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Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam events in tennis, along with the U.S., French, and Movie stars, heads of state, and celebrity athletes from other sports can also be spotted . It seemed to give Sharapova an advantage, noted New York Times writer Christopher Clarey.

A decision on wildcards is expected on May 15, and eighth-ranked Radwanska said: "Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events.

"This kind of entry into the tournament should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident. Not for those suspended for doping.

"She wouldn't have a chance for [a wildcard] from my hands.

"So far she hasn't been invited to play at slams in Paris and London and in my opinion that's how it should remain. She should win her place thanks to good results."

This year's French Open starts on May 28 without Serena Williams, who this week announced she is pregnant.

Maria Sharapova one win away from automatically reaching French Open qualifiers .
Sharapova is currently in the quarter-final of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.The Russian returned from a 15-month suspension and is taking part in her first event since testing positive for meldonium, having yet to drop a set in Germany so far with her latest 6-3, 6-4 win over Estonia's Anett Kontaveit on Friday (28 April).

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