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Maria Sharapova handed wildcard for Italian Open

The former world number one will play in Rome after also being given entry to Madrid and Stuttgart when she returns from a 15-month doping ban. Nadal-Wawrinka live

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Maria Sharapova handed wildcard for Italian Open
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Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard to play in the Italian Open in May, organisers said Wednesday.

The former world number one makes her return to the circuit in Stuttgart in April after completing a 15-month ban for doping.

Sharapova ban

Sharapova hasn't played on tour since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. An initial two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation was reduced to 15 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Rome tournament, where Sharapova is a three-times champion, runs from May 15 to May 21.

She has also been handed a wildcard for the May 6-13 Madrid Open.