Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been denied a wild card invitation to this month’s French Open, organisers said on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Russian, a twice champion at Roland Garros who came back from a 15-month doping ban last month, did not have enough ranking points to go straight into the main draw in Paris, nor into the qualifying event.

The main tournament runs from May 28-June 11.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli confirmed there would be no invitation for the two-time champion when announcing the wildcards for the 2017 tournament during a live Facebook broadcast.

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Giudicelli is understood to have spoken to Sharapova ahead of his decision, with the Russian currently playing at the Italian Open in Rome, where she is set to face Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

The FTF president said on Facebook: «I just wanted to tell you that I decided not to give to Maria Sharapova a wild card, a wild card she asked me for.

«Nobody can deprive her of her two titles here in Roland Garros, but these two titles she had conquered them according to the rules and behold nothing to anyone.»

Ferrandini then spoke about how the Court of Arbitration for Sport «reduced her sanction, but agreed with the independent panel she had committed a violation of the anti-doping tennis programme and she had to be suspended for 15 months».

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He continued: «Today this suspension is over and she can take her path towards the new success, but if there can be a wild card for return from injuries then there cannot be a wild card for return from doping.

«So it is up to her, day after day, tournament after tournament, to find alone the strength to conquer major titles without being held to anybody.

«I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans. They might be very disappointed and she might be very disappointed, but it is my responsibility and my mission to protect the game and protect high standards of the game played without any ‘doping’ on the result, so that is our decision.»

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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