Maria Sharapova should not get French Open wildcard, says Agnieszka Radwanska

Sharapova has also been invited to clay-court events in Madrid and Rome.

Maria Sharapova has insisted that she is not anxious about facing a backlash from her fellow professionals as she prepares to return from a doping ban.

Other Sharapova admirers sent her heartfelt letters of inspiration that brought a tear to the Grand Slam champion's eyes.

Sharapova, 30, is likely to receive a lukewarm reception in Stuttgart next week with several players, including another former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, also questioning whether she should have received a wildcard.

With Serena Williams now out due to her pregnancy, Sharapova, who won the French Open title in 2012 and 2014, is hoping to be one of four former champions in the draw, alongside defending champion Garbine Muguruza, 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, and 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone.

Maria Sharapova says that she does not fear a backlash as she prepares to return from a doping ban.

If the federation decides not to offer Sharapova a wildcard, she still has a chance of making Roland Garros via the qualifiers, but for that she must pick up enough points by winning or making the final in Stuttgart.

The Russian takes to the Tennis court next Wednesday - the first day she is eligible to play, with some rivals disapproving of the Stuttgart decision. 'We are organizing a Major event, not a cast', said Giudicelli.

Sharapova had an initial two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation cut to 15 months after she tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Speaking of Azarenka, the Belarussian has announced that she will make her professional comeback at the Stanford Open, which takes place a few weeks after Wimbledon, after more than twelve months out of the game. While the No. 2 player in the world is on maternity leave, her peers may see this as a golden opportunity to capture a Grand Slam.

"It's a German tournament and we have so many good German players, so this is a little odd", said Germany's current world number one Angelique Kerber.

  • Todd Kelly