Maria Sharapova hasn’t been on the court for almost a year now and while the Russian superstar hasn’t been active on field, there is a lot going on in her life off the court.
Sharapova had announced her retirement from professional tennis in February this year after she lost matches to Jennifer Brady in Brisbane and Donna Vekic at the Australian Open, before calling it a career.
The Russian had dropped to 370th position in the women ATP rankings and while she may not have been at her imperious best during the fag end of her career, it doesn’t mean that the fans don’t want more of her exquisite shot-making.
What did Maria say?
Maria Sharapova, former world number one, recently took to Instagram to announce her engagement to a posh art dealer — Alexander Gilkes. The couple has been seeing each other for two years now. The former Russian tennis player who played for 17 years announced her retirement early this year.
Interviewed recently, the former 5-times-Slam-champion answered the question of whether she had picked up the racket again recently.
Maria Sharaopva was speaking to EssentiallySports: “In the last couple of months I haven’t done it, because I stayed home. But of course I’ll do it when things calm down a little and there is more flexibility. Tennis is a sport that I love very much and I will certainly be back on the court soon.”
Maria said she was aware that the sensations will not be the same as before, since she is no longer a professional tennis player: “It will be a bit strange and bizarre, but that’s okay. I’ve always been a person who accepts a feeling or a feeling even when I don’t know it completely or don’t feel great, I like to find a solution.”
ATP Awards 2020-Fed remains fan favorite
ATP Awards 2020 were announced a day earlier and while Roger Federer didn’t have much to show for his on-court antics, his place among fans remains relatively unscathed.
The 39-year-old Swiss was selected by fans as Fans’ Favourite for a record 18th straight year, taking his record haul of ATP Awards to 39.
Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Vasek Pospisil, Andrey Rublev and Frances Tiafoe are also among the winners in the 2020 ATP Awards, which also celebrates Novak Djokovic and Mate Pavic/Bruno Soares as the year-end No. 1s.