Maria Sharapova almost legally changed her last name to Sugarpova for the 2013 U.S. Open.
Apparently, this was something she seriously considered, in order to publicize her recently created line of sweets.
Fortunately, the idea was nixed when someone in Sharapova’s camp realized what an awful idea it would be.
Could you imagine the headlines if “Sugarpova” bowed out of the tournament early?
Sharapova came dangerously close to possessing one of the worst nicknames in sports. And it got us thinking.
What players have the worst nicknames in sports?
What players have the best nicknames in sports?
A bad nickname can earn jeers from teammates and fans alike, while a great nickname can help an athlete solidify their place in sports lore.
With that in mind, click on to see our collection of the best and worst nicknames in sports…