There is a time in everyone’s life to say goodbye to the things we love, and this time came for Maria Sharapova.
After a tennis carrier of 28 years, Maria decided to step back from the passion that defined her life and motivated her to wake up every day. She said goodbye through an emotional essay she wrote for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Maria simply adored tennis ever since she was a little girl. She trained from a small age, she worked very hard to get her dream become true. Giving up is one of the hardest things to do in life, but now she found the strength to give up.
“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I’ll miss it everyday. Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing,” said Maria.
The sportive was just four years old when she first stepped on a tennis court. She saw her father playing this game and even though she was too small to hold the racket, she couldn’t help herself but pick it up. After this, the tennis court became her second home, the place where she could truly be herself.
Speaking about her experience, Maria wrote: “These courts revealed my true essence. They tested my character, my will, my ability to channel my raw emotions into a place where they worked for me instead of against me. Between their lines, my vulnerabilities felt safe. How lucky am I to have found a kind of ground on which I felt so exposed and yet so comfortable?”