Maria Sharapova has a wildcard for the Rogers Cup in Canada.
Maria Sharapova has a wildcard for the Rogers Cup in Canada. CLAUDIO ONORATI

Rogers Cup wildcard for Maria Sharapova

MARIA Sharapova has been awarded a wildcard for the Rogers Cup in August in her comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

Since her return, the former No. 1 player has used wildcards to play three events on the WTA Tour.

She was denied a wildcard for the French Open.

Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale calls her a "fan favourite," noting she has completed her punishment.

A number of players have been outspoken about Sharapova receiving free passes into tournaments.

Sharapova reached the Rogers Cup final in 2009. She says she has "great memories" of playing in Toronto.

The Russian is now ranked 173rd.

If her ranking rises and she makes the main draw on her own, the wildcard will go to another player.

News Corp Australia


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