Ion Tiriac, Madrid event owner: 'I didn't want to give a wild card to Sharapova'


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Ion Tiriac, Madrid event owner: 'I didn't want to give a wild card to Sharapova'

WTA Madrid is one of the three tournaments that Maria Sharapova will play when she will get back to the competition. It took some time for the Spaniard event to take this important decision, and as a matter of fact it was the last event to announce it after Stuttgart and Rome.

At first the idea was not to award Sharapova with a wild card, at least that's what the tournament owner Ion Tiriac thought. 'The wild cards requests have been addressed to a certain number of tournaments: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome and others', said the 77-year-old Romanian.

'At first they asked me about it and as Madrid event owner, I wasn't agree with giving Sharapova a wild card. But the final decision is not mine. Organizers have the right to decide and not the owner. It's Manolo Santana, tournament director and organizer, to decide about such things.' ALSO READ: Venus Williams: 'It will be nice to have Maria Sharapova back in the game'