Maria Sharapova will not request wild card for Wimbledon 2017

The 30-year-old is trying to rebuild her career after spending 15 months out due to a doping ban, which has ruled her out of contention for the French Open.

After serving a 15-month suspension for using the banned substance meldonium, the former Wimbledon victor is ranked 211th in the world and does not have enough points to make the tournament's main draw.

Earlier this week, the former top-ranked Russian had her request for a French Open wild card rejected by Roland Garros officials.

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova announced on Friday her decision of taking part in the qualifying series of the Wimbledon tournament instead of waiting for a wildcard.

The All England Club's tennis sub-committee - which is due to make a decision on all Wimbledon wild cards on June 20 - has always been known to be sceptical about Sharapova's case.

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Sharapova won the title in Birmingham in 2004 and 2005, but has not competed in the tournament in seven years.

"This wasn't a decision we took lightly and we recognise not everyone will agree with it, however Maria has served her ban in full and is now back playing high quality tennis", said LTA chief executive Michael Downey in a statement.

Sharapova guaranteed she would be clear to enter the Wimbledon qualifiers by winning a first-round match against American Christina McHale at the Italian Open on Monday, before retiring injured in the third set against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni a day later.

Maria Sharapova was granted a wild card to play in the pre-Wimbledon tournament in Birmingham on Thursday. Wimbledon donates a large share of its profits to the LTA but the grand slam oversees its own tournament independently of the governing body.

After her ban expired, Sharapova returned to competition last month at the Stuttgart Open, reaching the semi-finals, and progressed to the last 32 of the Madrid Open, failing to earn a qualifying spot for the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the season, which starts later this month. I read very carefully articles 100 and 101 of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which reduced the length of your ban.

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