Former US Open champion Maria Sharapova hasn't played in a single Grand Slam event ever since coming back from a doping ban. Photograph: (Reuters)
Former world No-1 Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard to play the US Open, the US Tennis Association announced today.
Russian Sharapova hasn't played in a single Grand Slam event since serving her 15-month doping ban after testing positive for meldonium in last year's Australian Open.
"Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process," the USTA said in a statement.
"Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw. Previous US Open champions who have received US Open main draw wild cards include Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Clijsters and Juan Martin del Potro," the statement added.
Sharapova, a former US Open champion wasn't allowed to play the French Open after authorities disallowed her a wildcard due to the doping cloud, the five-time Grand Slam champion later pulled out of Wimbledon due to a thing injury.