After obtaining the tournament Roland Garros in the women, the Russian Olympic Committee decided that Maria Sharapova will be the champion of Russia in London 2012 . In this way, Sharapova, the current player number 1 world ranking of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Asociation ) joins a list of professional players who will carry the flag of their respective countries during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

The announcement was made by President of the Tennis Federation of Russia Shamil Tarpishchev who told the local press that hold an election in the past week was not easy for the Russian Olympic Committee, but obtaining Roland Garros, the chosen should be Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova

Arguments of the election

Following the appointment, Sharapova posted on its website that frowns tennis’s popularity grows worldwide. Meanwhile, Tarpischev said at a press conference that it is also important that the courts take center stage at the Olympic Games since London 2012 Roger Federer (who goes by her first gold medal in singles) will be the champion of Switzerland, while the Spanish Rafael Nadal (Roland Garros winner in the men for the seventh time) will carry the flag of the motherland. Therefore, Sharapova will be the third tennis superstar of this edition of the Olympics that will lead the delegation of his country.

Since the government only praise for the tennis player were distributed as the Minister of Sports of Russia, Vitaly Mutko he said that, weeks ago, Sharapova was only one candidate to carry the tricolor …