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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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