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Russian team boss slams Maria Sharapova wild card critics, calls her 'true professional'

Russian team boss slams Maria Sharapova wild card critics, calls her 'true professional'

The five-time Grand Slam title winner will need French Open organisers to hand her a wild card at Roland Garros, where she is a two-time winner, as her world ranking was wiped off during her ban imposed for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

French Open reluctant to hand Maria Sharapova wild card despite doping ban return

French Open reluctant to hand Maria Sharapova wild card despite doping ban return

The Russian superstar will return to the tour on April 26 in Stuttgart, the day that her 15-month ban for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium ends.

Roger Federer's 18 Grand Slam titles - In numbers

Roger Federer's 18 Grand Slam titles - In numbers

Complete list list of Federer's Grand Slam titles.

Aus Open '17:  Coco Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final, defeats Garbine Muguruza in striaght sets

Aus Open '17: Coco Vandeweghe blasts into first grand slam semi-final, defeats Garbine Muguruza in striaght sets

Vandeweghe now faces Venus Williams for a place in Saturday`s final after later battled past Russia`s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two sets.

Australian open 2017: Venus Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, enters first semi-final in 14 years

Australian open 2017: Venus Williams beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, enters first semi-final in 14 years

Venus also became oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi since a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

Rafael Nadal welcomes back old foe Roger Federer, praises new generation

Rafael Nadal welcomes back old foe Roger Federer, praises new generation

Nadal, 30, said it was good for the game to see younger players starting to make their mark.

Tennis star Ana Ivanovic announces retirement at age of 29, says not fit enough for elite level

Tennis star Ana Ivanovic announces retirement at age of 29, says not fit enough for elite level

Ivanovic became the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam tournament when she beat Russian Dinara Safina in the 2008 French Open final,

'Clay King' Rafael Nadal ready to die for another Grand Slam title

'Clay King' Rafael Nadal ready to die for another Grand Slam title

Last month he announced he would be bringing down the curtain on his season prematurely to focus on being full fit for next year.

Maria Sharapova to face Garbine Muguruza in Madrid exhibition

Maria Sharapova to face Garbine Muguruza in Madrid exhibition

Sharapova is not free to compete on the WTA Tour until at least April 2017.

Persistent wrist injury forces Rafael Nadal to shut down 2016 season, targets early recovery

Persistent wrist injury forces Rafael Nadal to shut down 2016 season, targets early recovery

Nadal, ranked at six in the world, suffered a shock second round defeat to Victor Troicki at the Shanghai Masters last week.

Roberto Bautista stuns Novak Djokovic in Shanghai Masters

Roberto Bautista stuns Novak Djokovic in Shanghai Masters

Murray, the world number two, and Gilles Simon play later to decide who will meet Bautista in Sunday`s final.

French Open win tops Andy Murray`s wishlist

French Open win tops Andy Murray`s wishlist

The British world number two has two Wimbledon titles and a US Open crown to his name but he said he`d dearly love to triumph at Roland Garros.

Maria Sharapova may be granted wild card at 2017 French Open

Maria Sharapova may be granted wild card at 2017 French Open

The Russian player is now eligible to officially return to tennis courts starting April 26 next year.

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: A much-awaited semi-final on the cards at US Open 2016

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal: A much-awaited semi-final on the cards at US Open 2016

 Nadal, who missed Wimbledon with a wrist injury that forced him to quit after two rounds of the French Open, has not dropped a set on his way to the last 16, building on his run to the semi-finals at the Rio Olympics, where he won a gold medal in doubles.

`I`m not 100 percent`, admits US Open champion Novak Djokovic

`I`m not 100 percent`, admits US Open champion Novak Djokovic

He then captured a record 30th Masters title in Toronto before his tearful departure from the Rio Games.

US Open 2016: Saketh Myneni a step closer to main draw

US Open 2016: Saketh Myneni a step closer to main draw

It was a tight first set in which Myneni recovered from an early break to make it 4-4 and prevailed in the nerve-wracking tie-breaker.

Solid start for Rory McIlroy at the 100th French Open, Lucas Bjerregaard too leads

Solid start for Rory McIlroy at the 100th French Open, Lucas Bjerregaard too leads

Starting on the 10th, consecutive birdies at 14 and 15 got the four-time major champion off to a quick start, but he handed them back on the front nine.

History on line as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer get Wimbledon under way

History on line as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer get Wimbledon under way

Djokovic has won six of the last eight Grand Slams, taking him to a career tally of 12 -- within two of Rafael Nadal`s mark and five behind Federer`s record.

Roger Federer admits he was `never good enough` to beat Rafael Nadal at French Open

Roger Federer admits he was `never good enough` to beat Rafael Nadal at French Open

Federer described the Spaniard as his greatest rival.

Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl keen to ruin Novak Djokovic's dominance

Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl keen to ruin Novak Djokovic's dominance

Djokovic has been dominating the sport from last year.