Before she entered the IMG business, she trained with Rick Macci, in the Rick Macci Tennis Academy.She then was offered a deal from IMG which forced her to change academies.On June 8, 2016, she was suspended from playing tennis for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
She was the youngest girl ever to reach the final of the Australian Open junior championship at 14 years and 9 months. 6 in the ITF junior world singles ranking on October 21, 2002.In all, she won three junior singles tournaments and was runner-up at five, including two junior Grand Slam events.Since February 2007, she has been a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, concerned specifically with the Chernobyl Recovery and Development Programme.In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time and in March 2012 was named one of the "100 Greatest of All Time" by Tennis Channel.Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan.
According to rumors, Velencoso even got tattoo with the name of the singer, but they broke up in 2013.
Soon, the young man was noticed with the actress Ursula Korber (26) ("Party", "The Lost north"), but this time it did not work.
She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert.
Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis's best competitors, with John Mc Enroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Sharapova made her professional debut in 2001 on her 14th birthday on April 19, and played her first WTA tournament at the Pacific Life Open in 2002, winning a match before losing to Monica Seles.