Maria Sharapova's hopes of featuring at Wimbledon have been dashed after the Russian confirmed in a Facebook post she will miss the entire grass-court season due to injury.
After being denied a wildcard for the French Open on her return from a 15-month doping ban, former world number one Sharapova had been due to enter the Wimbledon qualifying event in a bid to compete in the event she won in 2004.
However, the 30-year-old confirmed on Saturday that she is now set to be out of action until late July as a result of the thigh problem that forced her to retire from a second-round match in Rome last month.
In a post on her official Facebook account, Sharapova wrote: "After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play.
"I want to thank the LTA for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card [for the Aegon Classic], a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend.
"I look forward to meeting you there next year. I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford [at the Bank of the West Classic]."
After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the...Posted by Maria Sharapova on Saturday, 10 June 2017