Wildcards & Suspension Rules Explained
Published March 13, 2017 12:10
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova becomes eligible to play WTA tournaments on Wednesday, April 26, following a 15-month suspension.
As both a former Grand Slam champion and WTA Finals winner, Sharapova may request and receive an unlimited number of wildcard nominations, including the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, where the Russian will make her return.
In compliance with WTA and the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme rules, Sharapova can participate in a tournament in the week that her suspension ends, providing that the first match that she is scheduled to contest takes place on or after the day on which she is eligible to return to competition.
First round action at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix commonly takes place over three days, therefore the former World No 1 is eligible to accept the wild card she has been offered and begin play on Wednesday, April 26th.