Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova explained the reasons for moving to the United States. Her words leads Tennis World.
“When I was a kid, tennis was not popular in Russia. People were interested in other sports. Of course, much has changed since then, and now there are a lot of cool tennis players from Russia. Many girls and boys wanted to play tennis, and now they have more opportunities for that, ”said Sharapova.
The athlete noted that tennis is not developing as well as it could. “I think for these reasons we decided to move to the USA. In this huge country where diverse cultures are mixed. Many great athletes come from this country, and not only tennis players, ”she said.
In September 2018, the Russian woman completed the competition ahead of schedule, explaining that by the need to recover from the injury. Season 2018 was the first for Sharapova after doping disqualification in 2016 and 2017. After spending 11 tournaments in a year, the athlete returned to the top 25.
Since childhood, Sharapova has been living and training in the USA, but in international tournaments she performs under the Russian flag and regularly plays for the Russian national team.