>> Swinging back into action, tennis star Maria Sharapova is back in the game, but her return is not without controversy. She was banned following the 2016 Australian Open after testing positive for the drug Meldonium. Some in the tennis world angry, the five time world number one has been handed a wildcard to Wednesday's Stuttgart match.
Reuters Ossian Shine says that's no surprise.>> Well I think all of the players feel that you should work your way back. They feel it's one thing if you're injured and you miss a year, 18 months then you should be given a chance to come straight back in at the top.
They feel because of the reason of her suspension, for failing an anti-doping test, that really part of punishment should be working your way up from the bottom.>> Sharapova's opponent in the Stuttgart game is one of them. Roberta Vinci saying she doesn't agree with the giving out of wild cards, but acknowledges that Sharapova is good for the game.
The six foot two Russian had numerous brand endorsements before her suspension, including Porsche, who are the lead partner of the Stuttgart event.>> Tolerant organizers, certainly, and tolerant sponsors are very pleased that she's back, because she'll be front page news and headline news in all the news shows really for the next few tournaments.
Again she was streets ahead of anyone else in tennis in terms of her sellability, she's been on the Forbes' rich list for the last ten years or so. I think by in large the business of tennis will think it's a good thing she's back.>> And as world number one Serena Williams steps back from the game due to her pregnancy, Sharapova could not have timed her return better.