Maria Sharapova will miss the grass season due to a leg injury.
The former world No.1 and Wimbledon 2004 champion made the following announcement on her Facebook page:
“After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play. I want to thank the LTA for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend. I look forward to meeting you there next year. I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford.”
Sharapova had also planned to play Wimbledon qualifying, marking her Grand Slam return after being denied a French Open wildcard.
Currently ranked No.178 as the 30-year-old rebuilds her career after a 15-month drug suspension, Sharapova is now at risk of missing main draw entry into the US Open in August.
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