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Why Is Maria Sharapova Thinking About Changing Her Last Name To “Sugarpova”?

Submitted by on August 20, 2013 – 10:36 amNo Comment

We’ve seen a ton of blatant publicity stunts over the years. But the latest one involving tennis star Maria Sharapova definitely takes the cake. And when we say “cake,” we actually mean it.

To try and help promote her new candy company, Sharapova has asked the Florida Supreme Court to allow her to change her last name to “Sugarpova”—yes, “Sugarpova”—for the duration of the U.S. Open, which starts later this month. Sharapova reportedly wants to undergo a “quickie” name change in order to drum up some publicity for her company. She has absolutely no interest in keeping Sugarpova as her last name permanently. But she reportedly thinks that, by changing her last name and using it during the U.S. Open, she will get a bunch of extra publicity for her company.

Our immediately reaction to the idea of her changing her name to Sugarpova: Um, WHAT?! We understand trying to make the most of the U.S. Open and doing whatever it takes to make your company successful, Maria. But you do realize that you’ll essentially turn yourself into the butt of jokes for years and years and years to come by changing your last name to Sugarpova, right? Furthermore, by changing your name in time for the U.S. Open, it makes it seem like you’re more concerned with getting publicity for your company right now than practicing for the U.S. Open. And to take it one step further than that, what happens if you actually win the U.S. Open this year? Do you really want a trophy that says “Maria Sugarpova” on it?

The idea of Sharapova changing her name simply to try and capitalize off the popularity of the U.S. Open is absurd to us, and we really hope that she doesn’t follow through with it. Then again, maybe she won’t have to after all of the attention that her reported name change has received. We figure that she’s already gotten the “Sugarpova” name out there. So she doesn’t really even have to legally change her name anymore. At least, we hope that’s what she’s thinking now. Because if she really follows through with this and changes her name, we are never, ever going to let her forget about it. And we’re guessing that we’re not alone.

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