Maria pleads for a wild card
Maria Sharapova will meet with French Tennis Federation (FFT) chief Bernard Giudicelli to plead her case for a wild card at Roland Garros as the two-time champion makes her return from a doping ban.
Giudicelli said on Friday that he had agreed to mee t the Russian superstar despite his initial reservations after her agent wrote to the FFT requesting discussions.
“We’re going to meet her (Maria), listen to her arguments and then talk it over with Guy (Forget, tournament director) and we’ll make a decision,” said Giudicelli, who was only elected to the FFT hotseat on Feb 18.
The former World No 1 will return to the tour on April 26 in Stuttgart, the day that her 15month ban for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium ends.
But Giudicelli said on Thursday they would face a moral dilemma if they handed Maria a wild card into this year’s Grand Slam event which she would need as her world ranking has disappeared during her absence.
“It’s complicated. We prefer that she returns completely rehabilitated,” said Giudicelli.