FLASHBACK: Sharapova played her last US Open in 2019, drawing Serena Williams in the first round.


Dressed in yellow, Maria Sharapova stopped the F1 world dead in its track when she stopped by to take in the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

The former world No. 1 caught a glimpse of the qualifying race, where two-time World Championships winner Max Verstappen found himself in pole position with a time of 1:11.365.

Sharapova posing with Verstappen, a fellow Tag Heuer endorsee, after the heat—posting the picture to Instagram on Saturday.

The official race, which serves as the sixth on the 2023 Grand Prix calendar, takes place on Sunday.


This isn’t Sharapova’s first foray into F1, appearing at the F1 Accerlate Summit, a Wall Street Journal and Custom Events meeting in Miami Beach earlier in May.

Given Monaco’s proximity to Paris, might the two-time Roland Garros champion make a visit to the terre battue, her first since retiring from tennis in 2020 and becoming a mother last summer?