Sharapova says she'll 'rise up again' after French Open snub

"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans", said Giudicelli. They might be disappointed.

The federation chief had hinted Sharapova would not be welcome after agreeing with comments made by Andy Murray in March, in which the Briton said she should have to work her way back to the top.

"He also said", She might be disappointed but I need to protect the game".

Closing the door on her wildcard entry, regardless of how it was couched, was an ethical call taken by the French organisers.

"There can be a wildcard for the return from injuries", he said. "There cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping."

Sharapova, who has titles at all four majors, won at Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014.

If the French Open is a guide, however, that decision is likely to be negative. Shortly after the FTF made its announcement, Sharapova withdrew injured from her second-round Italian Open match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. However, the Roland Garros tournament may feel under financial pressure to grant Sharapova a wild card, either for qualifying which starts on May 22 or for the main draw six days later.

Sharapova is now ranked No. 211 in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) world rankings.

It is the latest setback for the 30-year-old Russian, who is also in danger of missing out on a spot at Wimbledon this year.

She had said she would "play the junior competition" if it meant she could compete at the French Open - a tournament that has provided some of her greatest career moments.

A simmering Women's Tennis Association (WTA), out of step with many players on the issue, are perceived to be more exercised about getting the world's biggest female earner back into mainstream tennis than taking a principled stance.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Tennis player Maria Sharapova reacts as she addresses the media regarding a failed drug test at The LA Hotel Downtown on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. At the time, WTA CEO Steve Simon told German broadcaster ZDF she had paid the price.

"It is not for me to question that (CAS) decision".

She has received wildcards - an invitation to play despite being too low in the rankings - for Stuttgart, Madrid and Italian Opens in recent weeks.

Or - give her a wild-card to the main draw.

"I'm sure there were a lot of things I could have done better".

"The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) is a uniform effort supported by the Grand Slams, WTA, ITF and ATP". It was inconceivable to take a decision that would have been the opposite of this.”.

"I read the results of several polls and I could see that about two-thirds were in favor of Maria being granted a wild card".

It is a courageous and principled decision, which will upset some fans and broadcasters. "But it didn't seem possible for me to go above the strong commitment and the respect for the anti-doping code".

  • Julie Sanders