Maria Sharapova Details How Experience With Nike, Porsche and Others Helped Her Become a Business Woman

Published 12/15/2021, 9:30 AM EST
Maria Sharapova launches Sugarpova at Kingdom of Sweets on June 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images for Sugarpova)


Former tennis player Maria Sharapova has been one of the most successful players in the women’s game. When she first arrived, she created a different euphoria around her, which made her stand out amongst the rest of the players on the Tour. 

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Recently, the former superstar, Maria Sharapova spoke on the manner she concentrated on off-the-court activities when it came to acquiring rights and deals with companies that would help to maintain financial security. She signed many endorsement deals in her career with Nike, Porsche, and many notable brands. 

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The 34-year-old spoke on this topic and stated, “Well I also set my agent, my father, and myself. I made sure I had someone who knew me and was able to make the right decision because I was so young. I was curious to know how this process actually works. Many people would say I became street smart from the experience that I gained along this crazy journey of mine. I wanted to be in those rooms.”

Maria Sharapova thought about life after tennis 

Sharapova started to look into her things at a very young age. For an individual to take some important decisions of that stature was commendable. This experience helped her gain knowledge of how things function in the larger scheme of things. She figured that tennis was going to be part of her life but not forever. Therefore, she would have to look into things with the larger picture in mind. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: Maria Sharapova of Russia blows a kiss to the fans after winning her Ladies’ Singles first round match against against Samantha Murray of Great Britain on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The 5-time champion added, “I want to be in those meetings because there was something inside of me that said although tennis is a big part of my life and was going to be for the next 10-15 years, it wasn’t going to be my life in capital measures. I would have to become savvy and smart. Although you can have supporters at the end of the day, a big part of the sport is business. My parents didn’t know we had a financial background and I think they had a good enough head on their shoulders to guide me in the right direction.”

Coming to tennis, Sharapova retired from the game after the Australian Open in 2020. During her career, she managed to win each Grand Slam event once in her career. However, she managed to win the French Open twice. She was last spotted attending the US Open finals this year. We wish her all the best for the future. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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