Maria Sharapova’s agent has hit back at criticism of the former world number one’s case for a wildcard entry to the French Open.
Sharapova will make her return to the court in Stuttgart next week after a 15-month doping ban, although she will have to wait until next month to learn if she is able to compete at the French Open.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska has publicly said that Sharapova should not gain a wildcard entry into the Grand Slams, while Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki has criticised the 30-year-old’s wildcard place in Stuttgart.
But Sharapova’s agent, Max Eisenbud, did not take kindly to those comments.
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“All those ‘journeyman’ players like Radwanska and Wozniacki who have never won a slam and the next generation passing them. They are smart to try to keep Maria out of Paris,” Eisenbud said.
“It’s their last chance to win a slam.”
Radwanska previously told Polish media that she expects Sharapova to be fiercely competitive, but believes she should begin her comeback by starting from the bottom.
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“This kind of entry into the tournament should apply to players who dropped in the ranking because of injury, illness or some other random event. Not for those suspended for doping. Maria should recover some other way, starting with smaller events,” Radwanska said.
“So far she hasn’t been invited to slams in Paris and London and in my opinion that’s how it should remain. She should win her spot by playing well.”