Ilie Nastase banned from Wimbledon’s royal box but Sharapova return likely

• All England club confirms Romanian will not be invited after Fed Cup row
• Sharapova will discover if she has been awarded wildcard on 20 June

It’s looking very much like Maria Sharapova will return to Wimbledon this summer in a very British embrace but Ilie Nastase, the new vilain du jour, need not bother queueing up.

The All England Club still hopes the Russian will be the architect of her own resurrection at Madrid, Rome and the French Open before it needs to decide, but hinted as strongly as decorum would allow on Wednesday that there ought to be no moral impediment to her coming back to a tournament where she announced her arrival in 2004 by beating Serena Williams in the final.

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