Remember back in June when Caroline Wozniacki (and others, including Genie Bouchard) made it VERY clear that she wasn’t a fan of Maria Sharapova, nor the way she was getting preferential treatment after being suspended for using PEDs? Yeah, that was pretty awesome. Almost made me want to watch tennis again.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Wozniacki addressed Sharapova getting a wildcard entry into a tournament, “Obviously rules are twisted and turned in favour of who wants to do what. I think everyone deserves a second chance… but at the same time, I feel like when a player is banned for drugs, I think that someone should start from the bottom and fight their way back.”
Wozniacki then went on to call Sharapova getting to play in the tournament “questionable” and “disrespectful” to the other players.
Fast forward a couple of months and Wozniacki once again brought up Sharapova receiving preferential treatment, only this time at the 2017 US Open…
Here’s what she had to say, as transcribed by Laura Wagner of Deadspin…
“I think, you know, putting out a schedule where the No. 5 in the world is playing on court five, fifth match on, after 11, I think that’s unacceptable. And when you look on center court—I understand completely the business side of things and everything— but someone who comes back from a drug sentence, performance enhancing drugs, and then all of the sudden gets to play every single match on Center Court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do. It doesn’t set a good example. And I think someone who has fought their way back from injury and is No. 5 in the word deserves to play on a bigger court than Court 5 and finally they moved us to Court 17, which is a really nice court actually, and we had great atmosphere out there, but um yeah, I think they probably should sometimes look into…what they need to do in the future.”
And once again, as always, consider me to be #TeamWozniacki in this very entertaining beef.