Maria Sharapova

full name: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
bio: Sharapova started hitting tennis balls at age four. At age nine she began training at Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA - a big commitment and sacrifice as she was away from her family and country at such a young age. This sacrifice is now paying dividends with success on and off the tennis court. In early 2016 she failed a drug test, and later admitted to testing positive for meldonium which she had been taking for years but was only recently added to the banned substances list.
also known as: Masha
family: Yuri and Yelena Sharapov
born: April 19, 1987 in Nyagan, Russia (Siberian Region)
physical attributes: Height: 6'2
Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)
Plays right-handed
sport: Tennis
rep. country: Russia
lives: Bradenton, Florida, USA
coach: her father Yuri Sharapov and Robert Lansdorp


Australian Open: winner 2008
Roland Garros: winner 2012
US Open: winner 2006
Wimbledon: winner 2004

what you may not know:
  • At six years of age she participated in a tennis exhibition in Moscow that featured Martina Navratilova.
  • Her off-court interests include fashion, singing, dancing and movies (favorites are Mona Lisa Smile, Something's Gotta Give and Love Actually).
  • She enjoys reading books in the Sherlock Holmes and Pippi Longstocking series.
  • She prefers Russian and Thai cuisine
  • Her favorite dessert is French crepes with Nutella.
  • Her favorite drinks are orangina and virgin strawberry daiquiris
  • She signed with IMG Models in November 2003


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