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French Open closed to Maria

( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-05-18 07:14:41

Wild card ruled out 'to protect high standards'

PARIS - Maria Sharapova's popularity and past success did not earn her the wild-card invitation she needed to get into the French Open after serving a 15-month doping ban.

"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be disappointed; she might be very disappointed," French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said on Tuesday in a live broadcast via Facebook.

French Open closed to Maria

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