Russian Tennis Beauty Maria Sharapova Gets Inspired by John McEnroe as She Gears up for Battle with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf in a New Territory

Published 09/22/2023, 5:52 AM EDT

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The Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova, is excited to wander into a new arena, and she’s doing it with the help of the American ace John McEnroe. Sharapova recently reported her participation in Pickleball Grand Slam 2 on Instagram. The energizing event will witness her collaborate with McEnroe to take on tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. The trending sport has managed to captivate fans and analysts alike.

The Pickleball Grand Slam’s debut version had left fans in awe as tennis legends shifted to pickleball. Now, the sequel guarantees more thrill and shock. With the help of the Russian beauty, McEnroe spent no time burning the flame with his rival team. He delivered some strong words to build up the tension between the two teams.

Maria Sharapova teams up with John McEnroe for epic Pickleball battle against Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf


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In a recent clip on ‘X’, Sharapova divulged the news, alongside her blend of excitement and jitters, and set the stage for a memorable face-off. With the event booked for December 4 at the Miami HardRock Cafe, fans are enthusiastically anticipating this unprecedented standoff. They are excited to witness the showdown between two tennis legends and a couple of pickleball lovers.

McEnroe, often known for his red-hot demeanor and incredible tennis career, has been enjoying pickleball immensely. His energy for the game has ignited interest among tennis stars, including Sharapova, who are anxious to investigate another road for rivalry.


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For Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 in tennis, this jump into pickleball addresses a completely exhilarating test. Pickleball is a racquet sport that consolidates components of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, played on a more modest court with a lower net. While the game might be new to what Sharapova is used to, her cutthroat drive exceeds all limitations.

In the fan-loved reel, Sharapova shared, “It’s official. I am playing pickleball not just any pickleball, I am playing with John McEnroe against Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. December 4, Pickleball Slam 2 in Miami HardRock Cafe.” The Russian also added, “I feel a little competitive, nervous but dint mind me. Support us. Let’s go, team, by the way, what’s the name of my team?” McEnroe was quick to share, “Team Mac. Get ready for a Mac attack. Pickleball Slam 2.”

Sharapova’s decision to step into the pickleball field is a demonstration of her persevering through the cutthroat soul. All through her tennis career, she has shown unfaltering assurance and strength, defeating difficulties to accomplish excellence. Her collab with McEnroe adds an astonishing turn to the occasion, and fans can expect an exhilarating exhibit of expertise and competitiveness. Whether she and McEnroe can outflank the tennis legends is not yet clear. However, one thing is for sure: Pickleball Grand Slam 2 will be a pivotal event in the realm of racquet sports.


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Agassi and Graf are excited to take on Sharapova and McEnroe in Pickleball Slam 2

In just a year, the professional pickleball scene has undergone a remarkable transformation. What was once secured for a mere $100,000 is now commanding a staggering price tag of $10 million. The sport has gained immense popularity, and during the inaugural Pickleball Slam, it even outshone TV ratings for major leagues like the NHL, NBA, and MLB.

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In a recent Instagram video, Agassi and Graf playfully warned their opponents about the upcoming event. With Graf’s remarkable 22 Grand Slam victories and Sharapova’s unmatched skill, the competition at Pickleball Slam 2 promises to be electrifying. As fans eagerly await the tournament, they can’t help but reminisce about the excitement of Pickleball Slam 1 in April and the unforgettable moments it brought to the world of sports.


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Written by:

Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon


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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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Mitali Dey