Tennis star Maria Sharapova will not be participating in the French open this year after the French Tennis Federation denied her wild card entry.
President of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli, said the reason the star was denied entry was because it is his job to protect the game.
“She might be very disappointed, but it’s my responsibility to protect the game, and game played without any doubts of results.”
Sharapova was suspended for 15 months after testing positive for the banned drug meldonium however, her suspension ended back in April.
Since her suspension, the 30-year-old has appeared in three tournaments including the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in April where she reached the semifinals before losing to Kristina Mladenovic. It seems however, that the French tennis federation has not forgiven her. She’ll have to wait until 2018 to quest for her third French Open title.