Re: Sharapova and the Frech wildcard now a lot more likely
I think it's slightly more likely b/c there will be a lot less star power in the women's event w/ Serena out. But if the FFT had an objection to giving Maria a wildcard that was based on principle (and it seems like some officials have questioned the fairness of giving a WC to someone who is returning from a doping ban) I don't think Serena's absence will factor in much.
Also, I don't think the ITF's preference to ban Maria for 4 years will factor in at all. The national federations control who gets the wildcards at Slams even though they're run by the ITF. So, if the FFT agrees, she'll get a WC. If not, she won't.