Tennis ace Maria Sharapova has confirmed that she will not compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as she will be playing at the Orange County Breakers instead.

The sporting legend, who won silver at the London Games, has sparked retirement rumours as a result of the announcement.

Sharapova said: “I’m excited to be back with the Breakers again.

“The competition in World Team Tennis is always strong and I am looking forward to playing in the team format again.”

This will be the ninth time the 32-year-old has taken part in the tournament held at Newport beach.

The competition will be held July 28-29 while the Olympics take place from July 24 to August 9.

The Russian’s coach Riccardo Piatti said recently that the tennis star is ‘ready to attack again’ this season.

Piatti said: “We’ve been working a lot over the last few months and Maria has now healed her injuries. She’s fine and she’s ready to attack again. We focused mainly on the technique to rejoin the puzzle, including through video analysis.”