Maria Sharapova’s return to tennis has received worldwide attention since her wildcard to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, was announced in January. But before the Russian makes her comeback, she sat down with Vogue Magazine to discuss her life since being suspended in March 2016.
This training block… worth every sprint, jump, and squat. ?????? pic.twitter.com/3G48LYmKIa
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 23, 2017
Here are a few things we learned from Sharapova’s article…
Maria Sharapova’s mental strength is something she constantly works on.
“There’s no doubt that that resiliency that I built from scratch, it helps you, but it doesn’t mean you’re not vulnerable.”
She does not care about her tour reputation.
“I spend as little time in the locker room as I can get away with because I’ve set up another life. I have family, I have friends. And the less time I spend there, the more energy I have for them. I’m respected for what I do on the court, and that’s much more meaningful to me than someone saying that I’m a nice girl in a locker room.”
Rise Up ?? pic.twitter.com/k2qMTBQKmR
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) March 8, 2017
The former World No. 1 had some meaningful words to say about current No. 1 and long-time rival Serena Williams.
“We’re not celebrated as two women with completely different backgrounds who have created incredible opportunities for ourselves and our families. Instead we are ranked against each other for our differences, our game, our earnings. I think the concept of lists and the amount that players make is bollocks. The amount of respect that I have for her as an athlete is enormous.”
Sharapova gets real about her love life and professional life.
“I’m very focused on my job, and honestly, that’s a big reason why a lot of my relationships have not worked for me. I can’t live with the feeling that I’ve sacrificed one thing for the other. I hate the word balance. What is balance? Because if it’s fifty-fifty, that means you’re only giving 50 percent to both things.”
Sharapova also discussed ex-boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, managing Sugarpova (her candy line) and her travel adventures over the past 15 months. We won’t have to wait long for more insights on Maria’s life as her memoir is set to come out last this year.
That's a wrap! My memoir out this September. ??? pic.twitter.com/0m8S9Ek2QB
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) March 13, 2017
To read Maria’s full Vogue feature, click here.