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Sharapova enrolls at Harvard business school amid doping ban

/ 04:30 PM June 28, 2016

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova is using her free time to good use as she declared on social media her intention to start a short-course program at Harvard Business School.

Her announcement comes just a few weeks after being booted off the pro circuit for the next two years, after being found positive for meldonium—a heart drug that increases exercise capacity for athletes.


The five-time Grand Slam winner tweeted on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) that she would be attending a two-week program in one of the top-ranked business schools this summer.

“Not sure how this happened but Hey Harvard! Can’t wait to start the program!” the 29-year-old wrote, adding a graduation cap symbol along with a photo of herself on a bench marked “Harvard Business School.”

It’s still unclear what course work Sharapova would be completing at the university. A Harvard spokesperson had no immediate comment on her status, according to an ESPN report.

Outside of tennis, the Russian star is a savvy businesswoman who sells the Sugarpova brand of candy, which includes chocolates and gummy snacks, internationally.

Sharapova’s venture toward getting  a Harvard business degree won’t be a first for a professional athlete, as former NFL cornerback and president of the NFL Players Association, Domonique Foxworth, recently received an MBA from Harvard.

One of her fiercest rivals, Venus Williams, also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University East online last year.  Khristian Ibarrola


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Screen grab from @mariasharapova’s Instagram feed.


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