PARIS, France - Maria Sharapova was not awarded a wildcard to the 2017 French Open, as the full list of main draw and qualifying recipients was revealed by the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT) on Tuesday.
The decision was announced on Facebook by FFT president Bernard Giudicelli Ferrandini, as the organization announced the full list of main draw and qualifying wildcards for the men's and women's tournament, set to begin in Paris at the end of this month.
"I'm very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans," said Giudicelli Ferrandini, as reported by the BBC. "They might be very disappointed, she might be very disappointed, but it's my responsibility, my mission, to protect the high standards of the game played without any doubt on the result."
As the former World No.1 was outside the cutoff for the direct acceptances to both the main draw and the qualifying tournament when the entry deadline closed this spring, a wildcard would've been Sharapova's only means of entry into the year's second major.
With her French Open fate now decided, Sharapova will set her sights on Wimbledon, where the main draw cutoff in 2016 was No.109. With her first round win in Rome, she adds 60 ranking points to bring her total to 310, which will move her into the top 200 at approximately No.175.
The main draw entry deadline for the 2017 Wimbledon Championships is May 22, and alternatively, the qualifying entry deadline is June 5, 2017, which saw a cutoff of No.213 in 2016.