by Christina Yeager
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, nicknamed as the “Screaming Cinderella” and “Siberian Siren” by the press, is a famous professional tennis player who was born in Russia. She began playing professional tennis in her teenage years and in spite of the fact that she sustained several sports injuries during her career, she has won many titles and retained her position as one of the best tennis players ever. Guess what? She was homeschooled!
Maria Sharapova was homeschooled in order to become a tennis star!
Sharapova was gifted a tennis racket when she was only four years old. It wasn’t long before she started practicing with it on a regular basis with her father. In another three years time when she was just seven, Maria attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy situated in Florida.
By the time she was nine years old, Maria enrolled in the prestigious IMG Academy. When she turned eleven, her parents decided on homeschooling so Maria could polish her tennis skills. It proved to be an amazing choice. She was able to put a lot of time and hard work into training and went on to win the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championship at the tender age of thirteen. She was also awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award.
Awards and Achievements
Maria Sharapova has endorsed several non-sports brands such as the likes of Motorola, Tiffany, Nike, and Porsche to name a few.
She has a massive fan following on social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook.
2018 saw Maria enter the Wuhan, Beijing and Tianjin tournaments. She was the defending champion in the Tianjin tournament. She was looking forward to ending her season on a high note in the three consecutive tournaments that she was to play in October, but as fate would have it she had to pull out of these and other remaining tournaments of 2018 due to an injury.
She released a press statement saying, “I was looking forward to coming back to Tianjin to defend my title but unfortunately I need to give myself time to recover from injury.”
Maria is due to return to tennis in the month of January next year.