12th of January 2017 - Written by Wayne Jackson

Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis on the 26th of April 2017 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany.

Maria Sharapova will play her first competitive tennis match on the 26th of April 2017, the date she can legally return to competitive tennis. She has been given a wild card into the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which is held in Stuttgart, Germany.

This will be Sharapova's first tennis tournament she has played in since the January 2016 Australian Open.

The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one said "I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments and to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love"

Maria won this tournament in 2012, 2013 & 2014.

 

Maria Sharapova celebrates victory in 2014 after beating Ana Ivanovic.