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Maria Sharapova Slams Tennis Authorities

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Maria Sharapova has criticized tennis’ governing body for failing to involve players in its decision-making.

Sharapova, who only just returned to tennis, playing for the first time in 15 months back in April, believes the players are not being consulted on the changes to the game.

“Tennis’ importance keeps getting bigger, and rightly so,” she told German newspaper Bild.

“But unfortunately, players are not involved in the conversations regarding changes.

“I learned about news for 2018 through the internet. It can’t be correct.”

The Russian is set to play her first full season since 2014 after a doping ban last year, and has admitted she even struggled to keep a diary during her time out of the game.

“I felt bad and alone, sometimes I wrote in my diary,” Sharapova said.

“But during the suspension, It was difficult to write. Many people next to me told me that during the ban period I grew up as a person.”

On her return to court, the 30-year-old said, “I already played that match in my mind. The night before, I slept better than ever. I was imagining any scenario, I was ready.

“I felt everything normal. But it was shocking to be in the competition again. No one can practice for it.”

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