The Russian ends her sports career, after 28 years in this sport and 5 Grand Slams in her medal winners. She wrote a letter for Vanity Fair magazine.
Russian tennis player Maria Sharápova has announced that she is ending her sports career, after 28 years in this sport and five Grand Slams in her medal winners.
“How to leave behind the only life you have ever known? How to get away from the courts where you have trained since you were a child, the game you love, which caused you unspeakable tears and joys, a sport in which you found a family and fans who have been with you for over 28 years? “Sharápova wrote in her article published Wednesday in Vanity Fair.
“Tennis, I’m saying goodbye,” Sharápova, 32, said next.
- 5 Grand Slams
- It was world number 1
- Federation Cup
- Silver at the London Olympics
On the As website they publish the morning of this Wednesday 26 Feb 2020.
The tennis player starts the letter in this way. “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve known? How do you get away from the tracks you’ve been training since childhood, the sport you love, that brought you tears and joys, where you’ve found a family and where have you been supported by fans for 28 years? I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis, I’m saying goodbye to you . “
Sharapova hangs the racket after being one of the most important figures of the WTA circuit in the last 20 years. In 2004 she surprised her own and strangers with her triumph in Wimbledon with only 17 years. After reaching number 1 of the WTA ranking in 2005, Sharapova would add another big one in the 2006 US Open and in the 2008 Australian Open to close the Grand Slam cycle at Roland Garros in 2012, repeating title on Parisian clay in 2014 .
However, Sharapova’s career was overshadowed in March 2016, when it was known that she tested positive for meldonium during the Australian Open that year and had to serve 15 months of sanction. Sharapova tried to return to her best level but the injuries made a dent in recent years to cause her withdrawal from the tracks.”