Russia’s former French Open champion Maria Sharapova has pulled out of this year’s French Open as she looks to recover from her shoulder injury.
Sharapova had recently underdone surgery for her right shoulder but it seems it hasn’t recovered well enough to take court as early as the French Open that begins in about 10 days.
The former world number one made the announcement over Instagram, calling it a right decision but a tough one.
“Withdrawing from the French Open today. Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones.”
Sharapova also revealed she was back to training and looking to rebuild her shoulder strength, hoping to return to Roland-Garros next year.
Sharapova has won five Grand Slams in her career, including twice at the French Open and was a quarter-finalist at tournament last year. She made it as far as the fourth round at the Australian Open earlier this year before going down to Ash Barty.
Now ranked 35th in the world, she has played in three tournaments this year including the Australian Open. The other two saw her make the quarter-final at the Shenzhen Open and withdraw from the second round at the St. Petersburg Open due to that very shoulder problem.
Meanwhile the last set of French Open tickets are still on sale and you can get all that information here. The tournament begins on May 26 with Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep looking to defend their respective titles.