One-time French Open champion, Maria Sharapova has pulled out of this year’s tournament because of her long-standing shoulder injury.
The 32-year-old world number 35 has not played since withdrawing from an event in her native Russia at the end of January and had a small operation in February.
“Sometimes the right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones,” the five-time Grand Slam winner said.
This year’s French Open begins on 26 May and runs to 9 June.
However, the tennis star, who won the French title in 2012 and 2014, returned to the tour in April 2017 after a 15-month ban for taking the banned drug meldonium.
Sharapova was in grateful form until she was outplayed in the French Open quarter-finals last year, losing 6-2 6-1 to third seed Garbine Muguruza.
In the opening Grand Slam of this year, the Russian lost to Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the round of 16.
By Olukayode Oniwinde