A few notes before we head into the teeth of the tennis season. Cute and gritty Simona Halep just won the Madrid clay court tournament. Halep has a wild temper that she needs to control but when she is on she can be a real firecracker. Maria Sharapova has not been allowed to enter the French Open. She is I think able to enter the qualifying rounds for Wimbledon, one of my favorite all time sporting events and my favorite tennis tournament. US Open is second. Roger Federer will not be playing at the French this year as he prepares for Wimbledon and his favorite surface grass. Probably a smart move by ole Rog. Sharapova has received little support from her cohorts although Djokovic is one of the rare players that has not piled on and offered her some encouraging words. Tennis in my mind has the most stringent and toughest drug policy of any sport you care to name. The drug Maria was taking was legal up until 2015. But rules are rules and I am all for zero tolerance but what other sport do you get nearly two full years as a first time offender? If the NFL had a policy as tough as tennis probably a quarter of the players would be suspended. You think tampered urine samples that those two players offered up at the NFL combine would fly in tennis? Hell no.