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Maria Sharapova To Receive French Open Qualifying Wild Card

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 26 / 17

Maria Sharapova's "hopes of a rapid return to grand slam tennis are likely to be set back by the French ruling body's refusal to grant her automatic entry into the main draw for Roland Garros," according to Simon Briggs of the London TELEGRAPH. However, it is understood that Sharapova has a "strong ...

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10/12/16
Japan Needs To Grasp Magnitude Of RWC

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10/12/16
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10/11/16
Durban Could Lose 2022 CW Games

Durban, South Africa, "needs to get its act together before the end of November or risk losing the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games," according to Alexis Haden of THE SOUTH AFRICAN. Durban was "awarded the rights by default" in '15, after the only other bidder, Edmonton‚ Canada, ...

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10/10/16
Australian Open Ticket Prices Stay Same

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10/10/16
GC 2018 Level Medal Playing Field

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