Moscow, Jan 10: Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is set to make her comeback, following a doping suspension, on April 26 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, the tournament organisers announced on Tuesday.
“Fans of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix can look forward to Maria Sharapova making her eagerly-awaited return to professional tennis at the long standing tournament in Stuttgart,” the tournament’s press service reported.
“The 29-year old former world No.1 and five-time Grand Slam winner will play her first match in the Porsche Arena on April 26, the day she can start competing again at tournaments.”
Sharapova, who is currently under suspension for anti-doping rules violations, was allowed last year by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to play in exhibition matches before her ban expires. She has already played two exhibition matches, reports Tass.
The tennis star returns without ranking. Hence she will need a wild card to enter the tournament in Stuttgart, which can be considered as Sharapova’s most favourite one since she won it three times in a row between 2012 and 2014.
“I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” Sharapova was quoted as saying by the tournament’s press service. IANS