Chris Evert says US Open shouldn't give Maria Sharapova wild card
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The topic about wild cards awarded to Maria Sharapova has been very popular this year. So far the Russian player was given seven wild cards: Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Birmingham (where she didn't play), Stanford, Toronto and Tianjin.
She could potentially receive an eighth wild card by US Open that are played on 28 August, but it would be very surprising as Roland Garros didn't give wild card and also Wimbledon wasn't inclined to do it. Interviewed by CNN on Saturday, the 18-time Grand Slam Champion Chris Evert spoke about Sharapova/US Open and said: 'I don’t necessarily think that in the grand slams she should be given a wildcard.
No, I just think that if she enters qualifying she will get through the qualifying. It will help her in the main draw. But I just don’t think so. Regular tournament can give her a wildcard if they want to, the grand slams are a different status though, so I don’t think so.' Sharapova is World No.
171, so she will have to play in the qualifying draw if organizers of the fourth and last Grand Slam event of the season won't give her one of the eight wild cards available.
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Maria Sharapova shouldn't be given a wildcard at this year's #USOpen, 18-time major winner Chris Evert tells @chrissymacCNN pic.twitter.com/fDspICuMCa — CNN Sport (@cnnsport) 21 luglio 2017