Did Maria Sharapova deserve to be at the U.S. Open? | The Tylt
Did Maria Sharapova deserve to be at the U.S. Open?
Many people are drawn to tennis because it is just you and your opponent on the court. No coaches, no teammates, just your best against the other person's best to see who comes out on top. No one wants to face performance enhancing drugs as well.
Maria Sharapova did herself, her opponents and the sport a huge disservice when she was caught with PEDs over a year ago. Organizations should be a little less accommodating when a drug cheat returns from suspension. Sharapova may have done the time, but the stink of a drug suspension should have kept her off the biggest stage in tennis. She has to earn the right to be there again. She shouldn't have been handed a wildcard and given center court.
Sharapova did the crime. She did the time. That means it's fair game for any tournament to invite her. The U.S. Open decided to invite Sharapova with one of their wildcard picks, and that's totally acceptable. People who think Sharapova needs to suffer more should get over themselves. The U.S. Open was better with Sharapova being included.
No matter what anyone thinks, Sharapova is still a big draw. People will flock to see her powerful hits and steely demeanor on the court. The U.S. Open would be stupid if it didn't invite her. She is a grand slam champion, and she puts people in seats. After serving her suspension, Sharapova deserves to be at whatever tournament will have her.