LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Maria Sharapova of Russia waits to go on court for a practice session during previews ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 23, 2012 in London, England. (credit: Clive Brunskill/AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova will be Russia’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of London 2012You can watch and bet on ATP and WTA tennis throughout the season live for free at bet365 > live tennis
Following her lengthy and notable contributions to Russian tennis, Maria Sharapova has been selected as her nation’s flag bearer for the London Olympics. The French Open champ will be playing in her first ever Olympic tournament, and appears to be elated about the opportunity to hold the flag during the opening ceremony.
“It was huge. I had to read the text message five times and read it to other people to make sure I got it right,” said Sharapova when asked how she felt about the situation. “I got it after my third round at the French Open saying if I would do something like that. I was very happy to accept.”
“It's been a dream of mine since I was very young,” added Sharapova, speaking about being able to participate in the Olympics. “Tennis in Russia when I was growing up till the age of seven was not very big. Over the years, you've seen how successful it has become in my country and now how important it is to be a tennis player as part of the Olympics. Also it will be my first one so I really can't wait.”