Former World number one Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova is leaving no stone unturned to get in shape as she prepares for her return to tennis.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Sharapova worked hard at a gym as she gets back in shape for competitive tennis.
The Russian tennis star took to Instagram during the weekend to post a short video of herself performing numerous exercises, with the caption: ‘A little bit of balance, strength and yoga with Yutaka. Cake, please.’
Brands are eagerly awaiting Sharapova’s return to the game. Despite the 15-month ban, several brands that had Sharapova as their ambassador did not sever their ties with her. Her off-court appeal has made her the highest earning women’s tennis player in the world. Forbes has said that she has been the top earning women’s tennis player in the world.
According to online reports, Porsche, Nike and Tag Heuer had cancelled the endorsement contract after the ban. The Nike deal was reportedly worth $12.5 million annually.
The former Wimbledon winner has earned $36 million in career prize money and has 35 career titles. But her endorsement deals and businesses, including premium candy brand Sugarpova, are believed to be far bigger than her tennis earnings.
Sharapova is currently serving a 15 month doping ban and is set to return to play her first competitive match in Germany at the Stuttgart Grand Prix in April. It is to be followed by the Madrid Open. The five-time Grand Slam winner has been given a wildcard for the event, which starts on May 5.
Sharapova had tested positive for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open in January 2016, after which the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had suspended her.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cut the ban by nine months last October, allowing her to return on court from April 26.