Maria Sharapova Is Headed to Harvard Business School
Maria Sharapova has found a productive way to ride out her two-year suspension from professional tennis: taking a course at Harvard Business School.
The Russian tennis star took to social media over the weekend to announce her plans:
Not sure how this happened but Hey Harvard! Can't wait to start the program!pic.twitter.com/EOoKYhaQli
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 25, 2016
Harvard’s media relations department declined to comment on the specifics of Sharapova’s enrollment.
In addition to her illustrious tennis career, Sharapova runs her own candy business, Sugarpova.
Sharapova’s educational pursuits have taken the spotlight off of her suspension, which was handed down earlier this month. The 29-year-old athlete tested positive for meldonium, a substance newly banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. She publicly admitted that she had been taking it for the last 10 years as prescribed by her family doctor, and said she wasn’t aware that it was prohibited.
The tennis star is the latest in a long string of celebrities, including Channing Tatum and LL Cool J, to get schooled at Harvard. Former tennis champion and ex-Harvard student James Blake had some words of wisdom for Sharapova:
@MariaSharapova good luck. Word of advice, don't touch the statue of John Harvard. Trust me.
— James Blake (@JRBlake) June 25, 2016