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Maria Sharapova Will Not Request Wild Card For Wimbledon's Main Draw

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 22 / 17

Maria Sharapova "spared herself the ignominy of being refused a wild card for Wimbledon's main draw after announcing she would not be seeking one," according to Rumsby & Briggs of the London TELEGRAPH. Days after " being blocked from entering the French Open " following her comeback from her 15-...

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