Former Russian tennis star, Maria Sharapova who now runs hers own candy business named ‘Sugarpova’, recalled the tough days of her career when the Russian had to battle with injury trauma. Apart from winning five Grand Slam titles during a fulfilling career, Sharapova also faced and overcame grave injury challenges.
‘I had a physio that would work on my shoulder, probably more than the amount of time I spent on court’
The Russian announced her retirement from tennis last year in February. Even close to her last days on the court, Sharapova was on the sidelines owing to her dodgy shoulder.
On a podcast, the Former World No.1 revealed the after-effects of injuries and surgeries that plagued her during her playing days.
“I had a physio that would work on my shoulder, probably more than the amount of time I spent on court in the last couple of years. That’s how much it took to get me court. So I realized the importance of having my body worked on, which was nice but also excruciating because you wake up and you’re constantly thinking what you need to do for your shoulder,” said Sharapova.
‘I couldn’t go through practice but yet had to show up for it’
The 5 time Grand Slam champion the recalled her experience of dealing with injuries as a series of ‘constant maintenance’. Fearing it might affect her game, Sharapova did not feel comfortable taking an hour off or so during practice.
There were days when the Russian felt like she couldn’t go through practice but yet had to show up for it as she had hired spot people for the purpose.
“There are days when you can’t even get to practice and you have this team that you employ, spot people that are there in the practice court and your body occasionally lets go and breaks down and you can’t even finish practice,” she said.