Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The French Tennis Federation denied Maria Sharapova a wild card entry for the French Open on Tuesday, citing a need to "protect the game" following Sharapova's doping scandal. Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said, "I decided not to give a wild card. Nobody can deprive her of her two titles here and I'm very sorry for Maria. I'm very sorry for her fans. ... She had committed a violation of the tennis program and had to be suspended for 15 months. Today this is over, she can take her path. But if there can be a wild card for people returning from injuries, there cannot be a wild card for players returning from doping."

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Sharapova was unfairly caught in the middle of a doping rule change. She was not engaged in taking a drug secretly and hiding the fact. It was a drug she reported using which was legal at one point and then declared illegal. The ban is unreasonably long and likely to finish her competitive career. Unfortunately for her, international politics are in play here.

#1 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-17 07:08 AM | Reply

This decision was unfair, they hate her because she is beautiful.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 08:25 AM | Reply

Damn shame that politics makes it's way into pretty much everything. Giudicelli is a politician with an agenda. Letting her in would be tantamount to admitting the Federation was wrong.

#3 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-05-17 08:55 AM | Reply

I don't think this decision was unreasonable but the suspension was.

And the grandstanding by one of her competitors and the way ESPN covered it last week was ridiculous given the nature of her violation.

#4 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-17 09:00 AM | Reply

Calling her beautiful is like saying the grand canyon is a ditch.

#5 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-17 09:03 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

Juice them all up and let them have at it.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-05-17 12:02 PM | Reply

Always excuses.

If nothing else, predictable.

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-05-17 09:10 PM | Reply

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