Maria Sharapova’s life off the court has been scrutinised by the media ever since she blasted her way onto our screens by winning Wimbledon in 2004, but now it’s the Russian’s turn to walk in a reporter’s shoes…
Yes, that’s right – one of Russia’s brightest sport stars is back home as a hostess and will be presenting Sochi’s cultural life as a special correspondent for NBC during the Winter Olympics.
By Teodora Lyubomirova
The four-time Grand Slam champ of course harbours dear memories of Sochi as this is where she spent most of her childhood.
The Riviera Park tennis courts in Sochi were recently refurbished by Nike to bear Sharapova’s image splashed across a wall, but her memories of the good ol’ days remain humble.
The 2012 Olympic silver medalist told TODAY’s Matt Lauer that when she was little, she used to hit against that wall while her father was playing leisurely.
“I didn’t like to sit around,” she explained.
Sharapova also admitted that during her last visited to Sochi, a year ago during a family visit, she was sceptical whether the seaside resort would be transformed from “one big construction site” into an Olympic Games hosting city.
Here’s hoping Sharapova is as good behind the camera as she has been in front of it!