Newport Beach (USA): Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis in July for two World Team Tennis matches.
Sharapova recently returned to the WTA Tour after a 15- month doping ban. She is skipping Wimbledon because of an injured left thigh that prevented her from competing in qualifiers.
Sharapova plans to play for the Orange County Breakers -- a team she has played for seven years on July 16 and July 24.
Sharapova had originally planned to return for a hard court tournament in Stanford, California, on July 31.
The five-time major champion is ranked 179th in the world.