I figured this "early" start will encompass the hard court season which leads up to the US Open as well. The Open begins August 28th and concludes with the men's final on September 10. Seems early this year? To get warmed up below is video of a series of TV ads Maria made back in happier times, for me and for her. She is likely to appear at the Open this year which will be her first Major since her suspension. As for the ads I liked all those dogs ads ( not all of them are included here) and the "I Feel Pretty" ad, which ran during the 2006 US Open, is pretty awesome. Ironically she won the US Open that year. Most of the other female players hate her. Why? Because they are green with envy. They won't admit it but they would LOVE to have her looks and Broadway appeal.