Maria Sharapova is one of the most famous and accomplished players in the history of women’s tennis. She is one of the few players who could make her mark in the circuit even when the Williams sister’s dominance was at an all-time high. Hailing from Russia, Sharapova was active for two decades from 2001 to 2020.
She is one of the only ten women ever to complete a career Grand Slam. Sharapova won the Wimbledonin 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Openin 2008, and the French Open twice, once in 2012 and once in 2014
Maria Sharapova and her many endorsements
Maria Sharapova’s success on the tennis court and her multiple appearances in the circuit resulted in her securing many endorsements during the length of her career. Her earnings from these commercial endorsements exceed the amount she earned from her tournaments. The Russian had endorsements with top companies like Motorola, Land Rover, Porsche and Canon.
Luxury watch brand Tag Heuer and jewelry line Tiffany also made items based on her name. During her career, her kit and gear was sponsored by Nike. Like many other top players, she had an exclusive clothing line in collaboration with the brand. At a certain point of time in her career, her deal with Nike was valued at USD 70 million, which was the most lucrative deal ever for a sportswoman.
In 2012 Sharapova took the plant as an investor and an entrepreneur and started her own high-end candy brand called Sugarpova. It is an all-natural premium line which makes candies with a special reference to tennis.
“I didn’t really have a vision for it; I didn’t really understand where it would be in five to ten years… But it’s been a fascinating journey, and I’m having a lot of fun along the way,” she said to Forbes about the endeavor. As of 2019, the brand was valued at $20 million and she owns 100% of the brand.