It will be straightaway a comeback on the big stage for Maria Sharapova. The former world no. 1 will not only play in Stuttgart, where she will comeback to play professionally for the first time in 15 months on April 26th, but in Rome as well.
The Italian Tennis Federation announced the news on its website. Sharapova, who won in Rome thrice (2011-12 and 2015) will receive a wild card for both events, and probably Madrid and especially Roland Garros will do the same thing.
She will play her first round match in Stuttgart in front of a packed crowd: it's already sold out on the Porsche Arena on April 26th. On Wednesday in a conference call, Chris Evert said we'll see a different Sharapova when she will be back.
'I think that she’s had a little bit of a wake-up call as far as living life. I feel like she’s out of her bubble now, as far as she went back to school for a little bit, she’s gotten better in her business, she’s made more appearances, she’s socializing more with her friends.
She’s going to be more open, friendlier. She is going to come back a little more evolved as a person. Could she get back to the top five? I don’t see why not. Absolutely. She’s one of the mentally toughest, along with Serena, probably the mentally toughest player out there, plays every point like it’s match point.' ALSO READ: VERY NICE Maria Sharapova enjoys holidays