Nope, Maria Sharapova won’t change her last name to Sugarpova for the U.S. Open, according to Rovell. Her agent says they nixed the idea, but not until after Sharapova made headlines and earned free advertising for her Sugarpova candy line.
“Maria has pushed her team to do fun ‘out of the box’ type things to get the word out about Sugarpova,” Eisenbud said. “In Miami, we’re going to fill a glass truck full of candy and drive it around town. This was an idea that fell along those lines. But, 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.”
In order to change her name, Sharapova — who is a Russian citizen but has a green card and resides in Florida — would have had to file a name change petition in the state, submit fingerprints, have a background check and have a hearing before a judge. If the judge signed an order, the name change would be official.
As for the actual candy, a pack of flirty lips gummies will run $6. You can buy tennis ball gum for $6. That’s right, Maria was going to change her name to a stupid candy company name to sell $6 bags of tennis ball gum.
Seems to make sense.