Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, who is currently serving a 15-month doping ban, is soon set to make a comeback to tennis at the Stuttgart Open, with the likelihood remaining that she might get a wildcard for the French Open as well. While her fans might be cheering her return to the court, tennis players remain firmly opposed to her being handed a wildcard on her comeback.
Her countrywomen Svetlana Kuznetsova, said on Sharapova’s comeback, “If we talk about cheaters, people who cheat, then you say, ‘Why would cheaters get a wildcard?’ (But) if (it was because of) some mistake, then it’s a little bit different story. But it’s really hard to say.”
Current men’s No.1 Andy Murray too remains firmly opposed to Sharapova being handed an easy way out. “I think you should really have to work your way back.”
Angelique Kerber said, “It’s a little bit strange, the situation. I don’t know what to say about this. It’s a little bit strange also for the other players that someone can only just walk on site on Wednesday and play on Wednesday.”
Simona Halep though understands the logic behind Sharapova likely being handed a wildcard entry. “She can receive wildcards because she was No. 1 in the world. She’s a grand slam champion, but I think even if she doesn’t get wildcards she can come back easy.”
This controversy is likely to continue for a long time.