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Meldonium, which was previously legal, was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier that year, but Sharapova claims she missed the memo instructing her to stop using it. Sharapova, a five-time major champion, is now the 7th ranked player on the WTA tour.

During the so-called "week of May 15" the final decision is going to be officially announced, as the French federation, organizing the tournament, revealed on Friday in an interview to Reuters.

Konta, the world No 7, has made a decision to play next week in an effort to spend more time on clay courts before the French Open begins next month.

Meanwhile, her rival Maria Sharapova has brushed off criticism from her rivals as she prepares to make her return next week in Stuttgart following her doping ban.

Maria Sharapova's birthday came and went yesterday, but not without some major love from fans.

Sharapova had an initial two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation cut to 15 months after she tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. "I think the same as Andy Murray", Radwanska, who has beaten Sharapova only twice in 15 attempts, told the newspaper.

"This kind of entry into the tournament [a grand slam] should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident". Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events. "She wouldn't have a chance for [a wildcard] from my hands".

The Russian has also been granted wildcards into Madrid and Rome, both tournaments she has won in the past, but at the time of writing it has yet to be decided whether she will be afforded one at next month's French Open or at Wimbledon in July.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said last month that French Open organisers faced a moral dilemma over whether to invite Sharapova to the event starting May 28, hinting he was against the move.


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