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Wild card for Sharapova at French Open?

French Open organisers don’t rule out handing Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova a wild card to participate in the Grand Slam event next year.

Wild card for Sharapova at French Open?
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Maria Sharapova

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“The list of wild cards is decided 15 days before the tournament; we have time to think about it,” the tournament’s press service said on Wednesday. Sharapova has been serving a twoyear suspension for the violation of anti-doping regulations since January 26. However, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Tuesday to reduce Sharapova’s suspension term from 24 to 15 months. The Russian player is now eligible to officially return to tennis courts starting April 26 next year. The nearest Grand Slam tournament is the 2017 French Open, scheduled for May 22June 11. The Russian won’t have time to earn enough tournament points to join the tennis competition in France. Therefore, the wild card is her only chance to play at the French Grand Slam event.

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