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Tennis stars debate Maria Sharapova’s wild card status for French Open

Andy Roddick has spoken ahead of Maria Sharapova potentially being given a wild card entrance to the upcoming French Open which starts on Monday, May 22.  

The former world number one is torn as to whether Sharapova should be given entrance to the next Grand Slam tournament.

"It's two different issues – the issue of morality and how you view it, and the issue of business," Roddick told ESPN.

The point Roddick is making is that the eyes of all tennis fans across the world will be on the French Open, and offering Sharapova a wild card due to her previous status could be seen as unfair.

This is a unique situation as many other tennis players have made returns following suspension from the game, however, none with the prowess and celebrity status of the Russian five-time Grand Slam winner.

In Roddick's interview, he was responding to the comments made by world number one Andy Murray, who suggested that Sharapova should really have to prove herself before getting back on the big stage.

"I think you should really have to work your way back," Murray told reporters last week in reference to Sharapova's return.

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The Russian will be unranked when she makes her return next month and she has already been offered two wild card entrances into tournaments, including one that has already started on the day her ban expires on April 26.

Two tournaments that precede the French Open in Madrid and Rome respectively have already offered Sharapova a wild card entrance due to her prestigious former status.

However, even if Sharapova wins both those events, she will still not of earned enough points to gain automatic qualification for the French Open and would therefore have to rely on a wild card entrance.

The French Open president Bernard Giudicelli has also expressed his concern regarding Sharapova's entrance.


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