Maria Sharapova Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Maria Sharapova Net Worth

Maria Sharapova has an estimated net worth of $180 million. Maria Sharapova is a former pro tennis player who became the first Russian woman to win Wimbledon and earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. She earns most of her income from her career as a tennis player, model, and brand endorsements. 

Maria Sharapova, who was born in Russia, moved to the United States at a young age and began training at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. She rose to prominence as a teen after turning professional and winning the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 2004.

Sharapova became the tenth woman in history to win a career Grand Slam with her French Open victory in 2012, and she won her second French title and fifth overall Grand Slam in 2014. Sharapova was suspended for 15 months after testing positive for a banned substance, but she returned to the court in April 2017 and won her final WTA title the following year. She announced her intention to retire in February 2020.

To calculate the net worth of Maria Sharapova, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Maria Sharapova
Net Worth: $180 Million
Monthly Salary: $2 Million
Annual Income: $30 Million
Source of Wealth: Tennis player, Model, Athlete

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Who Is Maria Sharapova?

Maria Sharapova was born in Russia and moved to the United States at a young age to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. She shot to prominence as a teen when she won the Wimbledon women’s singles title in 2004.

Sharapova became the tenth woman in history to win a career Grand Slam with her French Open victory in 2012, and she won her second French title and fifth overall Grand Slam title in 2014. Sharapova was suspended for 15 months after testing positive for a banned substance, but she returned to the court in April 2017 and won her final WTA title later that year. She announced her retirement in February 2020.

Early Life and Career

Sharapova was born in Nyagan, Siberia, Russia, on April 19, 1987. She moved to Florida with her father after learning to play tennis as a child and earning a scholarship to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at the age of nine.

Sharapova, who is long-limbed and powerful, showed a lot of promise on the competitive circuit. She turned professional when she was 14 years old, but she continued to compete with her peers, finishing second at the junior Wimbledon and French Open tournaments in 2002.

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Tennis Career and Championships

Sharapova won her first WTA title at the 2003 AIG Japan Open and advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon on her first attempt that year. The following year, she won the Wimbledon singles title, becoming Russia’s first female Wimbledon champion. She added a WTA Championships title to her resume at the end of 2004.

Sharapova became the first Russian woman to reach the top of the tennis rankings in 2005, and she won her second Grand Slam title the following year at the U.S. Open.

The tennis star was hampered by shoulder issues for much of 2007 and 2008, but she won her third Grand Slam with a dominant performance at the 2008 Australian Open. She eventually had shoulder surgery that October, and the resulting layoff kept her out of the Top 100 until her return to singles play in May 2009.

Sharapova struggled to regain her consistency against the world’s best women’s players, but she was back in the Top 20 by the end of 2009 and finished 2011 as the world’s fourth best player.

Sharapova completed her comeback by defeating Sara Errani in the French Open final in June 2012. She became the 10th woman in history to complete a career Grand Slam (winning all four major tournaments) and reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking.

Sharapova won a silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics, her Olympic debut, losing the gold medal to American tennis star Serena Williams. In subsequent majors, the Russian played well, finishing runner-up at the 2013 French Open. However, shoulder issues caused her to withdraw from the rest of the season not long after a disappointing second-round loss at Wimbledon.

Sharapova regained her form in 2014, winning her second French Open and fifth Grand Slam title overall by defeating Simona Halep. In 2015, she reached the Australian Open final and the US Open semifinals before finishing the year ranked fourth.

Drug Controversy and Suspension

Sharapova announced in March 2016 that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January. At a press conference, the tennis star revealed that she had tested positive for Mildronate, which contains the active ingredient meldonium and has been prescribed to her for health issues since 2006. On January 1, 2016, the drug was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) prohibited list.

“It’s critical that you understand that for the past ten years, this medicine was not on WADA’s banned list, and I had been legally taking it for the past ten years,” Sharapova said at the press conference. “However, on January 1, the rules changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I was unaware of.”

“I have to accept full responsibility,” she added. “It’s my body, and I’m accountable for what goes into it.”

Because of the failed drug test, Sharapova was barred from competing for two years by an independent tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on June 8, 2016.

“While the tribunal correctly concluded that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension,” Sharapova said in a Facebook post. Despite the fact that the tribunal, whose members were chosen by the ITF, agreed that I did nothing intentionally wrong, they want to bar me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately file an appeal with CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, regarding the suspension portion of this ruling.”

After Sharapova successfully appealed her two-year suspension, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced in October 2016 that her sentence would be reduced to 15 months, allowing her to return to international competition in April 2017. “I’ve gone from one of the most difficult days of my career to one of the happiest,” the tennis player said in a statement.

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Return and Retirement

Sharapova returned to action on April 26, 2017, following her suspension, at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. She won her first WTA title in two years at the Tianjin Open in October, and she fought her way back into the sport’s Top 30 in 2018, with a quarterfinal appearance at the French Open among the highlights of the year.

However, the former champion struggled to stay competitive after reaching the fourth round of the 2019 Australian Open, her performance hampered by nagging physical issues. Sharapova announced her retirement in a Vanity Fair essay on February 26, 2020, one month after losing in the first round of the Australian Open.

“Looking back, I realize tennis was my mountain,” she wrote. “My path had many valleys and detours, but the views from the top were spectacular. But after 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, I’m ready to climb another mountain — to compete on different terrain.”

Business Interests and Personal Life

Off the court, Sharapova has received major commercial endorsements from companies such as Nike, Avon, Evian, TAG Heuer, Porsche, and Tiffany & Co. For several years, she was the world’s highest-paid female athlete, with Forbes estimating her career earnings at $325 million at the time of her retirement.

Following the March 2016 announcement that Sharapova had failed a drug test, sponsors such as TAG Heuer and Porsche severed ties with the tennis star. Other sponsors, including Nike, Evian, and racket manufacturer Head, continued to support Sharapova.

Sharapova’s other business ventures include the Sugarpova candy line, which she launched in 2012 with Jeff Rubin, the founder of IT’SUGAR. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Maria Sharapova Foundation to benefit her charitable endeavors.

“It began when I was a little girl in Russia, and my father would reward me with a lollipop or chocolate after a long day of practice,” she explained on the Sugarpova website. “It struck me then — and continues to strike me today — that there’s no reason why hard work can’t be rewarded with a little sweet treat.” Because, for me, the key to a happy, healthy life is the concept of Moderation in Moderation — you can have your cake (or candy) and eat it, too.”

In her personal life, Sharapova began dating Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic in 2009, and the two married the following year. However, during a post-match press conference at the 2012 US Open, Sharapova announced that the engagement had been called off and that her relationship with Vujacic had ended. From 2013 to 2015, she dated Bulgarian tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov. Since 2018, she has been linked to Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes, and the couple is set to marry in December 2020.

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