World number one Andy Murray is optimistic that Maria Sharapova will be given a wildcard for the Wimbledon qualifying slated for July if she doesn’t make it through the rankings.
Sharapova, 30, currently ranks at 262 shortly after returning to action last month in Stuttgart following the end of her 15 months ban. She will, however, have to better her rankings to be closer to the top 200 in order to attain a direction entry into the Wimbledon qualifying. The Russian international will have the chance to do when she takes part in the upcoming events in Madrid and Rome
"I think there's a good chance Wimbledon would give her one to get into qualifiers. I'm not sure what they will do but I'm sure they are hoping they don't have to make the decision," the 29-year-old Scot is quoted on BBC Sport.
"There's a good chance that she can get in by right, which I'm sure is what she's hoping for and that's what Wimbledon would be hoping for," he added.
Sharapova now waits for an invitation to compete at this month’s French Open with the French Tennis Federation expected to announce its decision in regard to giving her a wildcard on May 16th.
The five-time Grand Slam winner tanked her rankings after she failed to reach the final in Germany that would have put her in the top 200 and be eligible for the French Open qualifying. Sharapova lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the semi-finals to be ranked at 262.
Murray, however, says that the French Open and Wimbledon can do whatever they want regarding the wildcard.