The Florida-based Sharapova was originally banned for two
years after testing positive for meldonium at last year's
The former world number one, one of the highest paid athletes in
the world in the past decade, admitted she had used meldonium
for years and was not aware it had been banned since the start
Her suspension was later cut to 15 months on appeal.
"I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at
one of my favourite tournaments," Russian Sharapova, who won the
indoor clay event three years running from 2012, said on the
"I can't wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing
what I love."
She will return to action in time to contest the season's second
grand slam at Roland Garros. The French Open begins on May 22.
"I’m really happy for Maria that she’s back after a long break.
Particularly pleasing for me is that it’s going to be our
audience that gets to watch her comeback live," said tournament
director Markus Guenthardt.
"(It)...is certain to be one of the sporting and emotional
highlights of our anniversary tournament."
Sharapova, who will turn 30 on April 19, had earned $29.7
million in 2015 as the world's highest paid female athlete.
She had called the International Tennis Federation's (ITF)
original ruling "unfairly harsh" as an independent tribunal had
found that she had not intentionally violated anti-doping rules.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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