The reintegration of Maria Sharapova into the tennis fold is gathering pace.
The 29-year-old Russian is banned from playing competitively until the end of April, having tested positive for the banned drug Meldonium at this year’s Australian Open, but earlier this month she played in a charity event in the United States alongside the likes of John Mc Enroe and Martina Navratilova.
At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search.
Recently, men's world number one Andy Murray had said that the level of media coverage surrounding Sharapova's return to tennis from a doping suspension has been a key factor in the five-time grand slam winner being offered wildcards to events, reported this week that Sharapova would be awarded a wildcard by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at next month's Aegon Classic in Birmingham.
Sharapova's current ranking of 258, after a return from a 15-month doping suspension, was too low to merit a direct entry for the event and the organisers were looking to give her one of the four available wildcards, the report said.
They referred to themselves as the "Spice Girls of Tennis".
She was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13.
; born 7 June 1981) is a Russian former professional tennis player.