It is no secret that many of the female tennis player harbour ill feelings towards tainted player Maria Sharapova after she was found guilty of doping. Former World Number 1 Caroline Wozniacki was displeased to find that most of the Russian’s matches were being held in the centre court, while she on the other hand had to play in other courts.
“Putting out a schedule where the No. 5 is playing on Court 5, fifth match on after 11pm, I think that’s unacceptable,” Wozniacki said “And when you look on Centre Court – I understand completely the business side of things – but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence, performance-enhancing drugs, and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on Centre Court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do.”
This isn’t the first time that the Dane has been critical of the Russian since the Meldonium saga. She has also been disappointed by the way tournament directors are eager to grant the 30-year old wildcard entries and welcome her back to the tennis court.
“I think it’s disrespectful to other players and the WTA, Obviously the rules are twisted and turned in favour of who wants to do what.”
The Sharapova camp didn’t take the Dane’s comments lying down and the Russian’s agent Max Eisenbud wrote a scathing letter to tennis writer Ben Rothenberg criticising Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska. He alleged that they wanted to keep Sharapova out long enough to boost their chances of success.