Maria Sharapova pulls out of French Open 2019

Maria Sharapova has not played since January

Maria Sharapova has not played since January

Former French Open champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from this year's tournament because of her long-standing shoulder problem. Sharapova did her best to overcome the pain and start playing on the competitive level again although she had to withdraw in front of the home fans in Russian Federation and reach her team of doctors to see how serious the injury was.

She revealed in February that she had undergone a small procedure which was supposed to only take a couple of weeks to heal, and had pinpointed her comeback at the Miami Open. She said: "Withdrawing from the French Open, sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easy ones".

Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open in January.

Sharapova won Roland Garros in 2012 and 2014, winning 25 out of 27 matches there between 2011-14.

It was the last time she won a grand slam.

Alexander Gilkes and Maria Sharapova at the Met Gala.

She is now 35th in the WTA rankings.

Sharapova originally had surgery on the shoulder in 2008 and was off the tour for about 10 months.

The French Open begins May 26 in Paris.

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