Maria Sharapova’s odds to win a Grand Slam title in 2017 have been eased out to 4/1 after she was denied a wildcard for the French Open.
The Russian, a two-time champion at Roland Garros, has been informed that her request for entry into the forthcoming grand slam following her recent return from a drugs ban has been rejected.
Sharapova has competed at three events since returning to competitive tennis following her 15-month suspension for testing positive for meldonium, a sanction that was reduced from two years by the Court for Arbitration of Sport.
However, she was not able to acquire enough ranking points to secure an automatic place in qualifying for the tournament in Paris, with FFT president Bernard Giudicelli hinting that the rejection was due to her recent ban.
Sharapova's day went from bad to worse as she was forced to retire injured from her second-round clash at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, having took to the court just 30 minutes after Giudicelli's announcement.
That early exit against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, which came in third set where she was a break up, means that she can no longer secure a place in the main draw at Wimbledon, though she is already assured of entry into qualifying at SW19.
The All England Lawn and Tennis Club could even hand the 2004 champion a wildcard for direct entry into the tournament, something the FFT opted against.
Sharapova is the 7/2 favourite to win the women’s singles at Wimbledon and leads the outright betting at 9/2 for the US Open, but she has been cut to 2/13 to end the year without adding to her haul of Grand Slam titles.