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After French Open snub, Sharapova handed US Open wildcard

The Russian has not featured at a Major since early 2016.

Sharpova will be back in action at the US Open.
Sharpova will be back in action at the US Open.
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MARIA SHARAPOVA WILL play at this year’s US Open after being handed a wildcard for the main draw.

The Russian, who tested positive for meldonium after the Australian Open in 2016, has not featured in a Grand Slam event since then.

Earlier this year Sharapova was publicly snubbed for a French Open wildcard and the former world number one didn’t even apply for a Wimbledon wildcard once it became clear the organising committee would follow suit.

However, the 30-year old will feature at Flushing Medows later this month with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) releasing a statement today declaring Sharapova’s wild card status.

Sharapova, who returned from her 15-month doping pan in April, won the US Open in 2006.

This year’s final Grand Slam event starts on 28 August.

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