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Nike, Canon Anticipate Sharapova's Return

March 9, 2009: The second comeback by a major athlete in less than a month will occur this week when Maria Sharapova hits the WTA Tour after being out more than seven months with a shoulder injury. Tiger Woods recently returned to the golf circuit after knee surgery last year. Beyond her fan base, among those anticipating the return of the high-profile Sharapova are her marketing partners, including Canon, Cole Haan, Colgate, Land Rover, Nike, Parlux, Prince, Sony Ericsson, Tiffany, Tag Heuer. Sharapova missed grand slam events U.S. Open and Australian Open, among numerous other tournaments. She will compete in doubles matches with Elena Vesnina at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif. "I am excited to be playing competitive tennis again," Sharapova wrote on her Web site, www.mariasharapova.com. "The healing process takes time, and requires things to move more slowly than I would like, but I am taking things one step at a time. I look forward to playing at the BNP Paribas Open, it is definitely one of my favorite tournaments in the world." (Photo: NIKE) Back to Home Page