Maria Sharapova Decides to Not Change Her Name to Sugarpova
Breaking news: Nothing is happening to Maria Sharapova's name, because she sanely decided to not change her name to Sugarpova.
Word on the street last week was that the tennis star was planning to change her name to Sugarpova as a schticky marketing gimmick to bring more awareness to her candy line, but after figuring out that it would be a huge hassle to change every identification form, she decided to go another route.
"Maria has pushed her team to do fun, out-of-the-box-type things to get the word out about Sugarpova," her agent told ESPN. "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."
Basically, to change her name to match her candy line, the tennis star would have had to file a name change petition in the state, submit fingerprints, have a background check, and appear before a judge. Then we assume she would have had to have a passport, green card, and driver's license all updated. And all for a line of gummy candies? Smart move pulling away from that one, Sharapova.