Maria Sharapova is still waiting to go on a hearing that will decide whether she will receive suspension for doping. It’s a good thing that she is spending her free time to the best of her abilities!
The Russian athlete has been going on dates, attending music festivals like Coachella, and hanging out on Mexican beaches with her famous friends to pass the time.
“She was recently the centre of a scandal which saw her suspended from her tennis career,” reports Daily Mail. “But Maria Sharapova looked casual and carefree as she stepped out for a bite to eat at Bluebird restaurant in London’s Chelsea on Sunday. The 29-year-old sportswoman opted for a nautical-inspired look for her dinner date, teaming a striped top with black capri trousers and white trainers.”
Check out the outfit she wore on Twitter.
While no one has been able to tell who the lucky guy that she dined with was, the fact that Maria Sharapova looked breezy and easeful hinted the media that she might be confident that she will not get punished too harshly for her doping.
Others have varying opinions on the topic of Maria’s doping scandal. Most recently, Russian tennis federation president Shamil Tarpischev revealed his doubts about the fact that she will ever be able to play professionally again.
He said that “it was ‘very doubtful’ Sharapova will play again and added that she’s in a ‘bad situation,'” according to Washington Times. “But he quickly reversed course after his remarks became public, telling the Tass news agency that “I only said that she can’t play now because no ruling on her case has been issued.”
Her doping suspension hearing is scheduled right before Wimbledon starts, which means that she has not completely given up on training.
“Maria Sharapova faces an anti-doping panel in London on Wednesday knowing she will not benefit from recent confusion surrounding the drug she tested positive for in January,” reports the Guardian.
The response from Wimbledon organizers was generally positive about the fact that Maria Sharapova might be able to compete.
“It would be a great shame if Maria was not here,” said Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook according to Express UK. “She is a former champion at Wimbledon, and very popular with the crowds. In terms of what happened we need to let due process take its course and an outcome be determined and see what happens after that.”
While doping scandals and possible suspension can be deadly to an athlete, Maria has been keeping her head high and developing her side business projects like Sugarpova, her line of candies.
“Maria Sharapova may be provisionally banned from tennis but it is business as usual for her Sugarpova brand,” reports CNN. “Sharapova’s candy business, which she founded in 2012, will launch its first chocolate range on both sides of the Atlantic this month.”
She also has been filling her Twitter account with optimistic and positive posts that show to the fans that she will not give up the fight.
She also has been training her dear friend Chelsea Handler, who went on the Mexican holiday with her right after her suspension, for material for Chelsea’s new Netflix show.
“Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix show— fittingly called Chelsea — hit the interwebs on Wednesday,” reports USA Today. “The first episode features a long interview with Drew Barrymore, but, thanks to the trailer, we know that we can expect Maria Sharapova to make an appearance. Here she is, training Handler:”
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