>> Five time Grand Slam Champion, Maria Sharapova, snubbed on Tuesday by French organizers who decided against offering her a wildcard slot in this year's tournament. Fresh from her 15 month doping ban that ended last month, Sharapova had hoped to be fast-tracked into the tournament. But the French Tennis Federation said her doping suspension was a factor in denying her the wild card in order to protect the game.
Returning from injury was fine they said, but not doping. Once a world tennis number one, 30-year-old Sharapova is currently ranked 211th. Not high enough for her to gain automatic entry into the clay courts Grand Slam. Since her return, Sharapova has been playing qualifying matches around Europe. A win in Rome this week might land her a spot in Wimbledon next month.