Maria Sharapova Net Worth, Early life, Education, Career, Achievements & Personal relationship
The former world no. 1 Russian Tennis star, five-time Grand slam champion and Olympic medalist Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is the only Russian to hold the career Grand Slam. The 29- year old has been all time favorite tennis player popularly known also for her stunning looks and fashion taste. At the early age of 18, Sharapova had established herself as a professional and highest paid tennis player as reported by Forbes. The greatest earning female player or say athlete Maria Sharapova net worth is estimated to be over $ 100 million. Besides playing Sharapova is also earning through endorsements. With research, we can however see differences in her exact net worth and there was also a chance of decline in her earnings and endorsements due to the suspension. This year, Sharapova received two-year suspension by International Tennis Federation from performing in international competition. The suspension resulted due to positive meldonium drug testing at the Australian Open and out- of-competition test in Moscow at January and February respectively. Her suspension was however reduced to 15 months after the appeal, thus helping her for being reestablished as a UN goodwill ambassador. We will be able to see Sharapova playing in court soon by April 2017.
Born, Early Life and Education
Born on April 19, 1987, to parents, Yuri and Yelena Sharapova, in Nyagan, Russian SFSR, Maria Sharapova began practicing and playing tennis at a local park with her father when she was just four. Aleksandr Kafelnikov, her father’s peer gave Sharapova her first racket. It can be said he gave Maria her career as a gift. Maria has been reportedly mentioned to have extraordinary hand-eye coordination right from her childhood when she stated playing and practicing her favorite game. The same exceptional capacity impressed her first coach Yuri Yutkin.
Maria Sharapova net worth today is the result of her and her parents’ hard work , determination and continuous effort right from childhood. 1993 was the year when Sharapova and her parents decided to receive professional tennis training at the age of six from a tennis clinic in Moscow. Travelling to United States was not an easy decision for father and daughter specially when both had difficulty in speaking English and had insufficient savings. However, both of them travelled to USA in 1994 with borrowed money to fulfill Sharapova’s dream leaving behind Sharapova’s mother due to visa restrictions. Building a dream career has never been an easy task. Similarly, Sharapova’s dream have been possible also through her fathers’ efforts as he did everything he could, worked a lot even low- paying jobs to fund her tennis lessons. Sharapova received early training from Rick Macci Tennis Academy and then entered IMG at the age of nine.
Sharapova enrolled at the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy as reported and she won her first Grand Slam event in 2004 at Wimbledon. There, she defeated defending champion Serena Williams and was able to become third youngest woman to receive the title of Wimbledon. She also won her second Grand Slam in the year 2006 in the U.S. Open. Sharapova bagged third Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in 2008 and her fourth was the French Open in the year 2012. This was the time when she receive the title as world no. 1. In 2005 and again in 2008, Yahoo disclosed Sharapova as the most-searched athlete. Till the year 2015, she has bagged 35 career titles and earned more than $35 million as prize money. Maria Sharapova net worth is also the result of millions of earnings from many product endorsements and modeling in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and advertisements for companies like Nike, Prince, Canon, Cole Haan . At the beginning of 2010, she had been receiving $70 million from her Nike deal alone and also a lot of royalties from her line of apparel. Sharapova’s ballet flat shoe also became top selling shoe in the same year bagging her with more earnings. By the year 2015, Maria Sharapova net worth was of $125 million with $23 million from endorsements and $ 6.7 million from the game winnings. Forbes has estimated her earnings to be of $21.9 million. AS per the Richest, Sharapova had earnings of $90 million in 2013 and $24 million in 2014. Sharapova was also appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Project.
Maria Sharapova net worth has also helped her invest $2.6 million in a beautiful house in southwest Florida abd we can see her driving around in Porsche cars.
March 2016 was the year when everyone was shocked by the report of positive drug test of Sharapova which led her to two year suspension by International Tennis Federation and also suspension from Nike contract as signed in 2010. Though Nike and Porsche has suspended their promotional plans with Sharapova, they have not terminated the contract yet. The good news is that she is returning soon in the playground and a spokesman for the UNDP has said to MailOnline as 'UNDP was glad to learn that Maria Sharapova can return to the sport she loves sooner than expected and we will lift the suspension of her role as our Goodwill Ambassador once the reduced ban expires in April 2017.’
In 2005, Sharapova was in relationship with Adam Levine who is known as Maroon 5 singer but it lasted for short time. Similarly, her relationship couldn’t last longer with producer of American Television, Charlie Ebersol. In the year 2011, Sharapova however, got engaged with Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic after two years of dating. However, the engagement ended in 2012 and Sharapova was seen with Bulgarian Tennis Player Grigor Dimitrov which is supposed to be ended in July 2015.
Maria Sharapova net worth and her profile has always been a huge topic of interest and one can find her updates in twitter, facebook and instagram. Similarly, she also has her official website http://www.mariasharapova.com where one can get more information about her.