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Friday 15 December 2017

Maria plots sweet name swap

Maria Sharapova. Photo: AP/Michael E Keating
Maria Sharapova. Photo: AP/Michael E Keating

FORMER world number one Maria Sharapova is reportedly considering a name change in order to promote confectionery for the duration of the US Open.

The Russian is involved in the Sugarpova brand of sweets, and a brief name change – if it goes ahead – would advertise her sweet range before she reverts back to Sharapova at the end of the tournament.

The New York Post claims the 26-year-old, who topped Forbes' list of the highest paid female athletes with $29million (€21.6million) from tour winnings and endorsements in the year to June 2013, has appealed through Florida's Supreme Court to change her surname.

Even if the court was to give Sharapova the green light, she would still need the grand slam committee to grant permission before her name change could take effect on the tennis court.

Max Eisenbud, Sharapova's agent, yesterday declined to comment on the potential name change for his star client.

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