Maria Sharapova is making her official comeback to tennis on Wednesday night in Stuggart, Germany, following a 15-month doping ban from the game.
A wildcard entry to the Porsche Grand Prix tournament, the 30-year-old Russian will face 34-year-old world number 36 Italian Roberta Vinci in her first game. If she reaches the final, it could put her in the French Open next month.
The International Tennis Federation announced in June 2016 that Sharapova had been banned from tennis for two years after she tested positive for banned substance meldonium ahead of the Australian Open.
While she had been taking the drug for 10 years for medical reasons, she had received multiple emails warning that it had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.
The ban was reduced to 15 months following a successful appeal in October (Sharapova claimed she had never read the WADA’s updated list, and her agent took the blame) the four-time Grand Slam winner has had a lot of time to kill.
A look at her her Instagram feed — where she has 2.4 million followers — suggests that her year out of the game has been spent training vigorously in stunning locations around the world, travelling, modelling, working on her Sugarpova candy line, and even attending Harvard Business School.
Scroll on to find out what Maria Sharapova has been up to while she’s been suspended from the world of tennis.
This is 30-year-old Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova. In June 2016, she was banned from tennis for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.
The four-time Grand Slam winner has had a lot of time to kill. But if her Instagram feed is anything to go by, she's certainly kept herself busy.
And her workouts definitely don't stop there. She does just about every form of exercise -- and finds stunning locations to build up a sweat in.
She's found time to attend some pretty cool events, often rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. She nabbed seats at an Adele concert...
As her return to the professional tennis world drew nearer, her training kicked into a higher gear. She played mixed doubles with John McEnroe at the World Team Tennis Smash Hits event in Las Vegas in October...
Now, she's making her official comeback on Wednesday night in Stuggart, Germany, where she will face 34-year-old Italian Roberta Vinci. In an ambiguous post ahead of the match, she said: '4.26.2017 They're only numbers'
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