Maria Sharapova not actually changing her name

Maria Sharapova is seeking to change her name to Maria Sugarpova in advance of the U.S. Open, which...

Maria Sharapova is seeking to change her name to Maria Sugarpova in advance of the U.S. Open, which gets underway next week. (John Sommers II/Reuters)

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Maria Sharapova is not following in the footsteps of Chad Ochocinco and Metta World Peace.

The 26-year-old Russian tennis star was seeking to temporarily change her name to Maria Sugarpova to promote her line of candy and gum, The Times of London reported.

But the name change, which was only to be for two weeks during the U.S. Open, will not happen.

Her agent, Max Eisenbud, said the plan was not feasible.

"Maria has pushed her team to do fun, out-of-the-box-type things to get the word out about Sugarpova," Eisenbud told ESPN.com. "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."

The process to change her name would involve filing a name change petition in Florida, submitting fingerprints, a background check and a hearing before a judge. If all went well, the name change would be official.

Sugarpova was launched by Sharapova one year ago. Her line of premium candy includes chewing gum-shaped tennis balls and candy lips.


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