Maria Sharapova was banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after she failed a doping test in January

By Lindsay Kimble
June 29, 2016 04:10 PM
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Maria Sharapova is heading to Harvard Business School during her time off the court.

The 29-year-old Russian native announced the news on Twitter recently, posing next to a sign on the school’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus.

“Not sure how this happened but Hey Harvard! Can’t wait to start the program,” she wrote alongside the image.

According to the Associated Press, Sharapova will participate in a two-week program. Her agent, Max Eisenbud, said that the program involves two classes on campus.

Sharapova’s enrollment comes as the tennis star is forced to refrain from professional tennis for at least two years – she was banned by the International Tennis federation after failing a doping test at January’s Australian Open – leaving plenty of time for higher education.

Sharapova tested positive for Meldonium, a drug that can help an athlete’s endurance and rehabilitation. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, said she had been taking Meldonium for the past decade, as it was not banned in the tennis world until this year.

“I have let my fans down, and let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply,” Sharapova said in March of the scandal. “I know that with this I face consequences and I don’t want to end my career this way. I really hope to be given another chance to play this game.”

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