Net gain: Sharapova takes Harvard business course during ban

Tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday, March 7, 2016. Sharapova says she failed a drug test at the Australian Open. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

BOSTON (AP) — Maria Sharapova is headed to Harvard Business School for a two-week program this summer.

The 29-year-old Russian tennis star posted on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday a picture of her seated next to a sign for the school and the message: “‘Not sure how this happened but Hey Harvard! Can’t wait to start the program!”

Her agent Max Eisenbud said Monday that the program involves two classes on campus. Eisenbud wasn’t clear what certification, if any, she’d earn from the coursework.

A Harvard spokesman didn’t comment Monday.

Sharapova was handed a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation after she tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. The substance had been banned at the start of 2016.

The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player has appealed the ban.

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