Ivanovic turns down wild card

2010-08-12 19:10

Montreal - Ana Ivanovic has declined a wild card into the main draw of the Rogers Cup next week.

In a posting on her website, Ivanovic said her request for a wild card was turned down weeks ago.

Tournament director Eugene Lapierre offered her direct entry into the Montreal tournament on Tuesday, but she turned it down.

Ivanovic, whose first major victory came in Montreal in 2006, said she declined because of comments made by Lapierre to a Montreal newspaper.

Lapierre said the 62nd-ranked player didn't deserve a wild card and hoped to leave a spot open for a Canadian player.

The 2008 French Open winner wrote she would have loved to play but was hurt by Lapierre's comments.

Lapierre issued a statement saying Ivanovic was always welcome at the Rogers Cup.