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Tennis sensational Maria Sharapova given US Open wildcard

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will play at her first Grand Slam since returning to action from a 15-months ban after being given a wildcard for the US Open main draw.

The five-time Grand Slam winner returned to action in April, playing at the Stuttgart Open in Germany. She was later denied a wildcard to play at the French Open before missing the Wimbledon due to an injury in July.

The US Open will take place at Flushing Meadows from 28 August to 10 September. While speaking to BBC Sport, The United States Tennis Association (USTA), which oversees the US Open said; "Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process."

"Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw. Previous US Open champions who have received US Open main draw wildcards include Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Cljisters and Juan Martin del Potro,” USTA added.

"Additionally, Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA National Campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the program's requirements."

The 30-year-old Russian international, who is currently suffering from a left forearm injury that has seen her miss this week’s Cincinnati Open was earlier on given wildcards for Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome.

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