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Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Andy Murray critical of Maria Sharapova being given tournament wild cards

Andy Murray critical of Maria Sharapova being given tournament wild cards

An initial two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation was reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Sharapova has already been handed wildcards to Stuttgart, Madrid, and Rome. Grand slam organisers might face a dilemma on whether they will invite Sharapova to play at Roland Garros or Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova reacts to winning a point against Alison Riske during their women's singles third round match on day six of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova is eligible to return from her doping suspension next month, and she will be guaranteed spots into tournaments despite no longer being ranked.

"Andy is right", Giudicelli told L'Equipe.

"I think you should really have to work your way back", Murray told The Times this week, via The Independent.

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Murray, the double Olympic gold medallist, said that smaller tournaments will "do what they think if best for their event", even if it others disagree. "If they think big names will sell more seats, they're going to do that".

"She [Sharapova] has an opportunity to try to improve her ranking up until that point and potentially not need a wild card, but if she doesn't then it is up to Wimbledon's decision and how they want to play that" he added.

"We're going to meet her (Sharapova), 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 February 18.

Murray refused to elaborate on his standpoint on Wednesday after reaching the quarter-finals of the Dubai ATP event. "I have been answering questions on this honestly for over a year now, and I don't know what else I'm supposed to say". She said she was unaware it had been banned as of 2016 in accordance with tighter constraints by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"It's a tough one".

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