PARIS – Maria Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open.
French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Tuesday that the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16 at 7 p.m. local time.
“The only guarantee I gave her is to call her beforehand,” Guidicelli said without giving any indication on whether Sharapova will get a positive answer. “There is no reason why we should make an exception for Maria Sharapova, there is no reason why we should announce a wild card before the others.”
The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 is returning to competition this week as a wild-card entry at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sharapova was suspended after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The ban was reduced from two years to 15 months last October by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 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.
Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.
Top-ranked players Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray are among those who have questioned whether Sharapova should be allowed to resume her career in main draws without playing her way back through qualifiers. Sharapova has also been handed a wild-card entry into the Italian Open in Rome next month.