One week after Novak Djokovic revealed he would carry Serbia's flag into Olympic Stadium on July 27, Reuters reports Maria Sharapova will do the same for her native Russia. The news came from the country's tennis chief, Shamil Tarpishchev.*
It was considered to be a break of tradition. Normally, the Russian flagbearers have been gold-medal winning men who, you know, live in Russia. Sharapova is a woman, will be competing in her first Olympics and hasn't resided in her homeland since 1994 when she moved to Florida to enroll in Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy. Though she's active in providing money to hospitals in areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster, Sharapova is not a frequent visitor to Russia.
The decision has led to sarcastic skepticism for some circles. Tennis magazine's Matt Cronin notes that Sharapova hasRead More »from Maria Sharapova will carry Russia’s flag at Olympic Opening Ceremony (Update: Maybe)