For the first time in almost nine months, Maria Sharapova played tennis in front of tennis fans, joining a high-profile World Team Tennis Smash Hits charity exhibition played on a specially-constructed tennis court at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 10, 2016
Refreshing the courts in her lovely Nike Fall Premier Maria Tank that the doping ban prevented her from wearing at the US Open, Sharapova was in the elite company of Mardy Fish, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Liezel Huber, Mark Philippoussis, Taylor Johnson and Andy Roddick, who were divided into two teams coached by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King in a WTT match.
— Mylan WTT (@WorldTeamTennis) October 11, 2016
Enjoying the outstanding Las Vegas cityscape, Sharapova helped raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which received $600,000 during the evening.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) October 11, 2016
WTT Smash Hits is one of event’s in Sharapova’s fitness-building comeback strategy. The Russian, whose Meldonium-related ban has been reduced from two years to 15 months, will return to the WTA tour in April 2017, either at the tournament in Rabat or in Prague.