Maria Sharapova will not request Wimbledon wildcard and to enter through qualifying

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Earlier this week, however, French Open officials cited Sharapova's 15-month doping ban as a reason she would not be given a wild card to Roland Garros, either for the main tournament or for qualifying.

"A few months ago, I received a wild card offer from Birmingham", said Sharapova on her website, "[which was] one of my most memorable tournaments as a young player.

The former World No.1 will play the Aegon Classic Birmingham for the first time in seven years, and has committed to playing both the 2017 and 2018 events.

In the statement, Sharapova also said that she is healing from the injury sustained in Rome a few days ago, and that she will return to training as soon as she is better.

The LTA's call to grant the World No.211 a free pass for the Aegon Classic, which runs from June 19-25, is likely to draw criticism from those that believe players suspended for doping should not be given privileges.

It meant she needed a favor from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) but in an unexpected development, especially as the French Open is already without pregnant Serena Williams and resting Roger Federer, it took a moral stand that will please some of her rivals but could hit the tournament's ratings.

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The 30-year-old was controversially handed a wildcard for next month's WTA grasscourt event in Birmingham, a key warm-up for Wimbledon with eight of the world's top 10 set to take part, including world number one Angelique Kerber.

She is just returning from a drug ban and the organizers cited the ban as the reason for denying her a wildcard.

Sharapova retired injured from her match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Tuesday after beating American Christina McHale to reach the second round. I read very carefully articles 100 and 101 of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which reduced the length of your ban.

Maria Sharapova was granted a wild card to play in the pre-Wimbledon tournament in Birmingham on Thursday.

Maria Sharapova will play in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament.

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