Beyond Tennis, Know More About Sharapova on Her 30th Birthday
23 April, 2017, 00:55 | Author: Lula Armstrong
Stuttgart offered the 30-year-old Russian a wildcard entry because she no longer has a world ranking - a move that angered some players.
Maria Sharapova's first match back after her 15-month doping suspension could be against Johanna Konta after the Briton accepted a late wild card for the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
While she was slightly, OK, completely, upstaged by Serena Williams' potential big news, it clearly didn't get in the way of her birthday joy.
Sharapova also expressed her displeasure at the way the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and its anti-doping boss Stuart Miller failed to notify her of meldonium's altered status. In addition, while she did make a mistake, she will end up serving her punishment for it. "I think the same as Andy Murray", Radwanska, who has beaten Sharapova only twice in 15 attempts, said.
The Russian makes her return next Wednesday - the first day she is eligible to play - after being given a wildcard with some rivals not approving of the organisers' decision.
The Russian has also been granted wildcards into Madrid and Rome, both tournaments she has won in the past, but at the time of writing it has yet to be decided whether she will be afforded one at next month's French Open or at Wimbledon in July.
The French Tennis Federation has announced that it will reveal whether Maria Sharapova has received a wildcard for the French Open or not on May 15th, just two weeks before the second Grand Slam tournament of the year starts.
"He didn't want to know anything about it", she told Stern having also criticised the ITF last week in an interview with The Times.
Her return, though, will not come without controversy.
Meldonium, which was previously legal, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier that year, but Sharapova claims she missed the memo instructing her to stop using it.
She cited a knee injury in pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March.
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