MIKE DICKSON - EXCLUSIVE: An internal memo admits that financial and ticket-selling considerations have superseded any worries about helping someone coming back from a ban.
MIKE DICKSON: Maria Sharapova begins her tennis comeback on Wednesday, and will play three tournaments in the next four weeks that could ultimately get her into Wimbledon.
LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham in June, Britain's Lawn Tennis Association said on Thursday.
MIKE DICKSON IN MADRID: Maria Sharapova was left with the prospect of needing the charity of a wildcard to play at Wimbledon after her comeback plans were painfully dented.
May 18 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's racket sponsor backs French Open's decision to deny the former world number one a wildcard entry and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for her exclusion.