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Maria Sharapova will not play at Roland Garros this year, after the French tennis federation denied her a wild card, FFT president Bernard Guidicelli confirmed on Tuesday.


The two-time champion only returned from a 15-month doping ban last month.

Sharapova will now miss the French Open, which she won in 2012 and 2014, for the second year in a row.

“Nobody can deprive her of her two titles at Roland Garros, but today I can’t grant her the wild card requested,” Guidicelli said on Facebook Live.

“The titles won here, she won within the rules without owing anything to anyone.

“While wild cards exist for players returning from injury, there is nothing for a return from a doping ban,” he added.

Sharapova was banned for two years for using meldonium, with the penalty later reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“I am very sorry for Maria, and very sorry for her fans. They might be very disappointed and she might be disappointed. But it is my responsibility and my mission to respect the high standards of the game to be played without any doping,” Guidicelli added.



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