Maria Sharapova will not request Wimbledon wildcard and to enter through qualifying


Earlier this week, the former top-ranked Russian had her request for a French Open wild card rejected by Roland Garros officials. She returned from a 15-month ban in April after testing positive for meldonium.

Sharapova was recently denied a wild card into the French Open and has been under scrutiny since her return with the amount of wild cards she was getting.

Maria Sharapova has announced she will not seek a wild card entry to the main Wimbledon draw and intends to try and progress through qualifying for the grand slam event.

Pic: ReutersFormer world number one Maria Sharapova has signed a deal with the Lawn Tennis Association to play at Birmingham's Aegon Classic for the next two years. "I am looking forward to seeing all the recent improvements the tournament has made to establish itself as one of the best grass court events in the world", she added.

The tennis player was initially set to serve a two-year suspension for violating anti-doping regulations starting January 26, 2016.

The Aegon Classic begins on June 19, two weeks before Wimbledon.

With a world ranking above 200, she missed out on a place in French Open qualifying but has done enough for a spot in the Wimbledon qualifier.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, returns the ball to Maria Sharapova, of Russian Federation, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Sharapova retired injured from her match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Tuesday after beating American Christina McHale to reach the second round.

The 2004 champion is ranked 211, below the cut-off for direct entry, but her first-round win at this week's Italian Open means she is assured a place in the qualifying tournament, played a few miles away from Wimbledon.

Some of her rivals on the women's tour have openly questioned her return last month from a ban for taking meldonium.

The Wimbledon qualifying event, at the Bank of England Sports Grounds, will be ticketed for the first time this year, and there will be a live broadcast from one court.