Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova will play at the WTA tournament Aegon Classic in Birmingham by special invitation. As informs a press-service of organizers of competitions under the auspices of the Association of tennis London (LTA), she received the first of the seven wild card.
“We carefully thought before to extend an invitation to Sharapova, we recognize that not everyone will agree with him. But Mary fully atone and again demonstrates a high level of tennis”, – quotes “Interfax” the Executive Director of the LTA Michael Downey.
“I am very glad to be back in Birmingham this year and play on grass to prepare for Wimbledon, I thank the Association of tennis London,” responded a 30-year-old Russian.
Recently, the newspaper The Daily Mail claimed that the organizers of Wimbledon don’t plan to give Sharapova a wild card to participate in the main draw of the competition. However, it can get into the main tournament through qualifications.
Earlier this week, Maria was denied in the wild card results on clay – court Grand slam tournament- the Open championship of France on tennis, which starts may 28. And qualification it fails because of insufficient number of points. As stated by the President of Federation of tennis of France Bernard Giudicelli, he did not think proper to give invitations to players who have served a suspension for doping.
On Tuesday, the 30-year-old Sharapova due to a thigh injury she withdrew from the second round match of the tournament in Rome, which became her third after serving a 15-month disqualification for the use of Meldonium. Earlier she reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and to the second round in Madrid. The following chart Mary appear in the competition in Birmingham.