It has been a long time since the former Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova said goodbye to tennis, but the beautiful former athlete continues to be talked about and earns thanks to a new and enlightening career as an entrepreneur.
Before winning everything in the world of tennis and earning a lot of money Maria lived a difficult life and repeatedly reminded us that as a child it was not easy for her. During a recent interview on the Sports Business Radio podcast, the former world number one opened up and recalled the situation of her family who moved from Russai to the United States.
Maria's father, Yuri, moved to Florida with just $ 700 when Sharapova was only 7 years old. In 2020, Forbes estimated Sharapova's net worth at $ 200 million, and the tennis player talked about the role her money played in her career.
Here are her words: "I don't mean that I was only thinking about money, but I was thinking about the accessibility it gave. Now sometimes I think about it and I understand how proud I am to have been able to provide for me and my family.
This result gives you a sense of security, it is important to know that I can look after their health and I can make them happy and know that they are fine." After the retirement from tennis Maria has become a careful investor, betting part of her earnings in important investments, mostly innovative companies.
The Russian revealed: "I think I understand what my strengths or weaknesses are, I told myself I knew my limits and I worked in investments." Sharapova has focused on fitness and wellness technology startups such as Therabody or Tonal.
In addition to this she has long been launched in the candy brand fome Sugarpova while in private life she is now in the process of getting married to British businessman Alexander Gilkes.
Here are the best tournaments of the 2021 ATP season
ATP awarded the tournaments organized during the 2021 season.
The tennis players of the ATP Tour were asked to vote for their favorite competitions during the year, choosing one event per category (ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250). The result of the total survey was disclosed in the past few hours and the events that most affected the athletes were discovered, based on the organization, reception and other important factors.
The pause between one year and another is always an interesting moment for tennis, certainly seen from another point of view: in this phase it is time for individual balances for the individual players, for the ATP instead almost the task of highlight the best performances of tennis players and give due credit to the most fascinating competitions that have taken place over the last few months.
As for the ATP Masters 1000, Indian Wells won the prize: after skipping 2020, the Californian event is back on the tour in great shape and could not fail to remain etched in the minds of tennis players. Almost considered a fifth Grand Slam in a number of respects, the tournament reconfirmed and won this award for the seventh time.
The 2021 edition held many surprises, given that in the final the English and then winner Cameron Norrie and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili faced each other. In the ATP 500 it was Austria who prevailed with the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, which was lucky enough to host many top 20: on that occasion the talented Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner showed all their talent, pushing until the semifinals.
However, Sascha Zverev triumphed, regulating the American Tiafoe in the final act. The last winner was the ATP 250 in Doha in Qatar, not new since it is the fourth time to be chosen by the athletes. This year it was Basilashvili who won, beating Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.