32-year-old Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis in an interview with Vanity Fair. The 5 time Grand Slam winner from Russia believes that her body can no longer keep up with her will and passion for the sport.
Maria Sharapova who has been playing tennis for 28 years and has won once every surface believes that her “body had become a distraction” and has therefore chosen to step away from the game she love most.
She won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004. She then went on to win the US Open in 2006 followed by the Australian Open in 2008.
The 32-year-old from Russia, completed her Grand Slam collection in 2012 where she won at the French Open.
“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it everyday. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine” She told Vanity Fair
With her shoulder giving her constant problems in the final years of her career forcing her to pull out of the French Open in 2019, she admits that the need to have her shoulder later numbed at the US Open in August 2019 just “get through the match”, is what led her to the revelation that her time had come.
As someone who had given her life to tennis, Maria looks forward to the next chapter that awaits her.
The 5 time Grand Slam title winner went on to sign off her interview saying:
“Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing.”