Tennis Today: Maria Sharapova posts disappointing injury update with Roland Garros looming

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In Tennis Today, Maria Sharapova disappointed fans with an injury update, while Andre Agassi gave us a corker of a throwback Thursday.

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It’s not been quite as simple for Alexander Zverev, though. However, he has hit back at his critics, claiming injury can account for his struggles this season.

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What’s in the news
Those hoping to see Maria Sharapova back on a tennis court in Stuttgart will be disappointed after she announced she will not be fit enough to participate this year.

The Russian recently underwent a “small procedure” on the shoulder injury that kept her out of Indian Wells and the Miami Open, and it appears she is nt yet ready to return.

“To all my amazing fans in Germany that travel to see me play my favourite tournament in Stuttgart every year, I am really sorry to inform you that I have just ran out of time to be ready to play in Stuttgart,” Sharapova told fans in a statement.

“I am making very good progress but just not ready to compete at the highest level.”

It’s another blow for Stuttgart, which has also seen Elina Svitolina, Sloane Stephens, Danielle Collins and Dominika Cibulkova withdraw.

Sharapova is scheduled to return at the Madrid Open, which begins May 5, but it remains to be seen if that will prove to be the case.

What’s on social media
A quite exceptional throwback Thursday effort from Andre Agassi…

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Maria Sharapova’s effort wasn’t bad either!

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#TBT to this dreamy @markseliger portrait from the Oscar @vanityfair party ❤️

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Back in the here and now, Daniil Medvedev is pretty happy with life, and understandably so.

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Great day in the office 💪🏻✌🏻✅ Allez to quarters 🤩 @rolexmontecarlomasters

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert called upon his inner-Nick Kyrgios, but it didn’t go very well…

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