Peter FitzSimons says Maria Sharapova should be playing at French Open

"No words, games, or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many", she wrote.

Sharapova's day went from bad to worse as she was forced to retire injured from her second-round clash at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, having took to the court just 30 minutes after Giudicelli's announcement.

The 2012 and 2014 French Open victor reached the semi-finals of Stuttgart Open in April this year, her first competition after returning from the ban.

"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans", added Giudicelli.

Sharapova's absence leaves the women's French Open field wide open with Serena Williams, a three-time champion inParis, sitting out the rest of the season as she prepares to give birth to her first child.

Revealing the governing body's decision on Tuesday evening (16 May), FFT president Bernard Giudicelli declared that "while there can be a wildcard for return from injury, there can't be a wildcard for return from doping".

Steve Simon, the CEO of the WTA, said he disagreed with the French federation's reasoning.

Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

The Russian's involvement in those three tournaments has seen her subsequently rise to 211 in the world rankings.

"The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward", he said.

Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia - Rome, Italy - 16/5/17- Sharapova reacts during the match.

"Wildcards are offered at tournaments' sole discretion", Simon said in a statement.

"I don't think there should be wild cards for doping offenders".

The head of the Women's Tennis Association, which runs the elite tour, also criticised the FFT's exclusion of Sharapova, whose 15-month ban for using the banned substance meldonium ended in April.

Sharapova, who was wearing a bandage on her left thigh, retired hurt from her contest when she was leading M. Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.

In a message posted on her official Twitter page following the news on Tuesday that she would not be granted automatic entry into Roland Garros, Sharapova made no specific reference to the French Open. CAS accepted that she had not been "an intentional doper".

However, he has laid the blame for one of his most prominent clients missing the second Grand Slam event of the year at the door of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

For her part Sharapova said she remains fully committed to making a successful comeback from her doping ban, regardless of what assistance she receives.



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