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Maria Sharapova won't be allowed to play in the French Open because of her doping ban

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The French Tennis Federation announced Monday that Maria Sharapova will not be granted a wild card to play in the French Open later this month because of her doping ban. 

"I decided not to give Maria Sharapova a wild card. 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 said. "But it's my responsibility, it's my mission to protect the game and protect the high standards of the game."

Giudicelli made the announcement in French on Facebook Live.

The two-time French Open champion returned to tennis in April and has played in three events since her suspension for using the banned substance, meldonium.

"This suspension is over and she can take her path toward new success," Giudicelli said. "But while there can be a wild card for return from injury, there can't be a wild card for return from doping."


Sharapova received wild cards for her first two tournaments and is using another to play in the Italian Open this week. 

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The Russian tennis star is currently ranked No. 211 in the Women's Tennis Association World Rankings. 

Earlier Monday Sharapova responded to questions about whether she would be disappointed if the French Tennis Federation didn't grant her a wild card. 

"Nothing is a disappointment after being away from the game for 15 months," she told CNN.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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