Maria Sharapova has an interesting diary post up on her website titled “My Idea of Heaven.” (Click here to read more.)
In her post, she tells fans about her haute backpacking adventure with actress Camilla Belle and Camilla’s mom in France, where they rode the train from city to city and found their hotels along the way. She went to a wine festival in Bordeaux, to see the procession in Lourdes and to Couture week in Paris. Since her return to California, she’s been spending her free time at Lake Arrowhead eating hotdogs and being dragged behind a boat.
That’s all fine and dandy, but what I find really interesting/concerning is that she’s also using her downtime to find a new racket frame. Here’s the scoop:
Then it was back to work where I spent many hours of each day working with Prince on different rackets and strings. Ever since Indian Wells and that backhand incident, I haven’t been able to get my arm up and close to my head without some sort of impingement and grinding..so I’ve been trying different rackets with different weight balances that are a bit more flexible and the strings looser to get as much tension away from my arm as possible. So for the last week I have been playing with a new frame…I’m usually very sensitive to any minor changes and we usually do this in the off season, but we really had no choice this time. Apart from that I spent a good ten or so days concentrating on my fitness and in the last week have been playing a few practices and matches etc.
Does anyone remember this “backhand incident” at Indian Wells? Sounds pretty serious – obviously when you have “no choice” but to make a significant change like this, it’s rarely a positive thing. Perhaps this explains her early exit at Wimbledon? It could take a while to adjust, meaning Maria might have more time to practice her watersports this summer than she would like.
I guess we’ll see how it goes in Montreal. Good luck, Maria!