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Andy Murray says that it's up to each event's organisers what they do with Maria Sharapova

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Andy Murray believes that each event "will do what is best for them" when it comes to Maria Sharapova after her 15-month drugs ban.

A long list of current and former tennis stars have had their say on Sharapova's return, and whether or not she should be awarded with wildcard entries to tournaments.

Murray thinks that although she perhaps shouldn't be given such an opportunity, he believes that she's playing so well now, she'd probably be able to qualify for Wimbledon based on form rather than merit.

To reach a semi-final after a 15-month absence is very impressive, and should Sharapova carry on this form, Murray's suggestion would prove correct.

The Scot said: “She is obviously playing well. It looks like there’s a good chance after Madrid or Rome she will definitely be inside the qualification ranking for Wimbledon.

“The French are going to make their decision soon [on 15 May]. It looks like it is only going to be a matter of time before she is in the main competition by right anyway, based on how she played last week."

Murray, however, believes that the French Open may offer her a place via wildcard, despite calls from others to not allow this.

“There is no rule stopping them [offering her a wildcard, as Stuttgart did]. But … there is something to be said for working your way back up. In reality it’s not a six-month or 12-month
process. The tournaments are going to do what is best for their event."

Tennis missed Sharapova while she was serving her ban, a period that was overly dominated by Serena Williams, but should her pedigree allow her instant tournament places via wildcards?

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It's complicated. Sharapova is a big name in tennis, so it's understandable that tournaments would want her to take part.

Moving on from Sharapova, Murray suggested that his knighthood and world number one ranking are not to blame for his recent dip in form.

Speaking before his Queen's defence commences on 20 June, Murray hasn't been able to pinpoint his drop in form: “I think that was more like at the end of last year. All that stuff felt a bit different to me. I’m now getting asked about it every week.

"It’s almost like trying to find a reason for why this year hasn’t been as good as the end of last year but it did not have anything to do with being world No1, in my opinion.

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“I haven’t felt different when I go on to the court, I didn’t feel different when I was preparing for the Australian Open as I did in previous years. I really don’t think it has been anything to do with
that."

He does think, however, that he felt the pressure of his world number one ranking at the end of last year.

“Definitely at the end of last year, there was a lot going on. But this year and especially the last few months, I haven’t felt any different or any extra pressure when I go on the court.

“Maybe now when you lose as No1, it’s a bigger story. It feels like each time you lose, it’s treated like more of a surprise. But I have lost early in Monte Carlo before, I’ve lost early in Indian Wells
before, I’ve started clay-court seasons badly, I’ve had difficult runs and I also wasn’t No1, so I really don’t think it’s to do with that."

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Murray's form hasn't been the best this year so far, but as he said, he has started years poorly before.

Novak Djokovic is also struggling to find form this year, with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer getting back to their best.

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Topics:
US Open Tennis
Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Serena Williams
Maria Sharapova
Wimbledon
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray

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