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Maria Sharapova won't change her name to Sugarpova

Posted By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Updated Aug. 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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Tennis star Maria Sharapova -- the world's richest female athlete -- reportedly hopes to change her name to Maria Sugarpova in time for the U.S. Open, so she can promote her line of Sugarpova candy.

But according to the USTA, which released seedings on Tuesday, No. 3 is listed as "Maria Sharapova."

It sounds like a bit of a publicity stunt, though Sharapova reportedly asked the Florida Supreme Court for a "quickie" name change set to start before the U.S. Open and end at the end of the two-week tournament.

Even if the Florida Supreme Court granted the reported petition, the fact that it's temporary gives tournament reporters and commentators the ability to ignore the name change and refer to her as Sharapova.

Either way, now we know the Russian-born former world No. 1 has had the Sugarpova line of gummy candies since 2012. And if reports are true, she will be wearing the Sugarpova red lips logo during the tournament.

Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud addressed reports, saying the "fun" idea might just be too complicated.

"At the end of the day, we would have to change all her identification, she has to travel to Japan and China right after the tournament and it was going to be very difficult," Eisenbud said.

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