girls’s Tennis affiliation Chief government, Steve Simon has defended the wildcard entry awarded to former world number one, Maria Sharapova for the Stuttgart Open following her 15-month doping ban.
whereas some say the 5-time grand slam champion, at the start banned for two years after testing certain for Meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has done her time some fellow players are indignant the crimson carpet is being rolled out.
Sharapova will play Italian Roberta Vinci within the round of 32 of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday, and Simon believes the ban was once more intensive than previous offenders.
“it’s a must to look at how other leagues and excursions have handled gamers who’ve come again,” Simon instructed BBC sport.
“they arrive proper back to the team and start playing.
“She is beginning at ground zero. it’s going to impact her seedings in large tournaments so she’s nonetheless going to pay a penalty for a while.
“if you take into accounts it from other leagues, most of them (bans) are 1/2 of a season or a full season. She’s had a yr and a half.”
Former World number one Kim Clijsters additionally supported the decision to let Sharapova compete in the tournaments.
“I was once dissatisfied and stunned when the news came out however, having been on each side of the spectrum as a match director and as a player.
“I don’t suppose she must be punished more,” Clijsters stated. (NAN)