In news that should piss off Genie Bouchard, Simona Halep, and others, Maria Sharapova has been granted a wild card into this summer’s US Open — her first major since her return from a 15-month doping suspension.
The USTA on the decision to not crucify Sharapova forever for testing positive for a drug (Meldonium) she had apparently been taking for 10 years prior to it landing on a banned substances list (via ESPN):
“Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wild-card selection process,” the USTA wrote in a statement. “Consistent with past practice, a wild card was provided to a past US [Open] champion who needed the wild card for entry into the main draw.”
Sharapova’s last US Open appearance came back in 2014 when she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. Now she’s back for a run before Serena Williams returns from pregnancy, good timing!