Maria Sharapova to make her professional comeback in April

by January 10th, 2017

Former world number one Tennis player Maria Sharapova is set to make her professional comeback at the Porsche Grand Prix on April 26 following her 15-month doping suspension.

The five time grand slam champion was given a two-year ban in March after testing positive for Meldonium however her suspension was subsequently reduced in October following an appeal.

The tournament in Stuttgart starts two days before the Russian’s suspension runs out and she will not be allowed to attend until the day of her match.

Sharapova, whose main sponsor is Porsche, will return to tennis without a ranking and needs a wild card to enter the tournament.

She last played a professional tournament at the Australian open 12 months ago, where she failed the doping test.

She has already taken part in two exhibition events since her ban was reduced by the court of arbitration for sport.