“Tennis is Not Just a Sport”: Maria Sharapova Details Her Career as a Businesswoman

Published 12/03/2020, 12:20 AM EST
STUTTGART, GERMANY: Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses for the media as she is unveiled as car manufacturer Porsche’s new brand ambassador at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)


Russian star Maria Sharapova was one of the best female tennis players ever. After her retirement, she successfully moved into the business world. As per her, she has realized that the sport and business worlds are interconnected, as she said,

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“There are many commonalities with sport and business. And when you’re young, you don’t realize those things and you know, you’re just hitting a yellow ball with the racket and strings and you do it every day. But when you get a little older and you get a little smarter, you realize that tennis is not just a sport.”

Maria Sharapova of Russia practices ahead of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena. It was on December 31, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova On Working With Companies

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Throughout her career, Sharapova has worked with many businesses. In working with such companies, she has learned a lot. She said,

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“So, you know, over the course of my career, I’ve been a part of some incredible partnerships from the smallest companies to the largest ones. And what I loved about those experiences was that I was always a learning sponge…So when I would work with brands, and I would work with people that were much smarter than me I would try to extract their brains and incorporate it into business.”

Considering Maria’s success in business, her learning has clearly paid off. She has many endorsements from Porsche, Nike, etc. She has also started her own brand, ‘Sugarpova,’ and her own sunscreen company called Sugargoop.

This year, the Russian invested in Therabody which is known for high-end massage products. Clearly, Sharapova is doing well in her new career as a businesswoman. And she will continue to do so in the future.

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