Maria Sharapova has a shoulder injury and won’t play in next week’s U.S. Open in New York. An injury is legit reason to abstain from playing. But considering Sharapova is just a few days removed from asking people to call her “Sugarpova” while she competes so she can better hawk her line of candy, the timing couldn’t be worse.
I want to believe that she found out it would be too much hassle to change her name and just scrapped the whole tournament. But hey, if she’s injured, she’s injured. In fact, this same rights shoulder kept her out of the 2008 U.S. Open.
Sharapova posted a message to her Facebook page last night:
I just wanted to let you know that withdrawing from the US Open has been a really tough decision to make. I have done everything I could since Wimbledon to get myself ready but it just wasn’t enough time. I have done many tests, received several opinions and it all comes down to taking the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder injury properly. It’s certainly not an easy decision to make ahead of one of my favorite tournaments, but I know it’s the right one that will get me back on the courts soon. I plan on taking the next few weeks off, receiving proper treatment and rehabilitation. I will miss being part of the US Open, but can’t wait for next year!
“Everything I could” apparently includes “think of ways to sell more candy.” Just saying.
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