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Breakers Sign Maria Sharapova Ahead of 2020 Season

December 5, 2019 - World TeamTennis (WTT) - Orange County Breakers News Release

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. - Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova will return to the Orange County Breakers this upcoming July for two World TeamTennis matches. Sharapova, who will be entering her eighth season with the Breakers, is scheduled to play the July 28 and 29 home matches in Newport Beach.

"I'm excited to be back with the Breakers again," said Sharapova. "The competition in World TeamTennis is always strong and I am looking forward to playing in the team format again."

Sharapova, who is one of just six WTA players in the Open Era to complete a Career Grand Slam, has 36 WTA singles titles to her name. Sharapova was a WTT regular during the early stages of her career, and the 2020 season marks her first appearance for the Breakers since 2017. This will be the ninth overall WTT season for Sharapova, who first played WTT in 2002 as a 15-year-old rising star.

"We are very excited to have Maria back with the Breakers," said Breakers coach Rick Leach. "She is one of the toughest competitors out there and she has put together an incredible career. She'll be a great asset to the team, and I know our fans are looking forward to watching her play."

Aside from her on-court success, Sharapova has her own Nike apparel collection, a candy line named Sugarpova and released her book "Unstoppable: My Life So Far" in 2017.

Sharapova is the Breakers first signing since the opening of WTT's Free Agency period that started December 1. During the Free Agency period, teams can sign players who were on their team the previous season or players who did not participate in WTT in 2019. The Free Agency window closes March 17 and the Breakers will release player signings as the transactions are completed.

Breakers season tickets are on-sale now and start at just $175. To purchase season tickets or for more information on the team, please call (949) 434-4560 or visit www.BreakersTennis.com.

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