To be fair to Sharapova, the drug had only been placed on the banned substance list a few months earlier, and she claimed that she had been taking it for ten years, prescribed to her by her family doctor for medical reasons.
Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The organizers have now confirmed that these two former champions will be the leading figures during this event.
Sharapova was caught dancing on the beach with her celebrity friend Chelsea Handler, seemingly without a care in the world.
Since these endorsements were her main source of income, these pictures of her being an ambassador for Nike would be invoking thoughts of regretÂ.
But with Maria being Russian, if she came out, she would have faced one hell of a backlash from a society that is quite homophobic.