Sharapova to change her surname for the US Open
The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova addressed a court in Florida with a request to temporarily change her family name to Sugarpova, according to The Times newspaper. Sugarpova is the name of the brand that was created by the Russian tennis player and sells candies, including in Russia.
The Russian tennis player intends to use the new name during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which will be held Aug. 26–Sept. 8. After the end of the tournament, Maria intends to revert back to using her usual name.
Earnings from the Sugarpova brand, among other sources, allowed Sharapova to lead the list of the world’s highest paid athletes once again, as published by Forbes in August.
Candies and advertising contracts with Nike, Samsung Electronics, Head, Tag Heuer, Porsche and Evian brought Sharapova $23 million in just one year. The tennis player received another $6 million as tournament winnings.
First published in Russian in Lenta.ru.