Nice! A Maria Sharapova off-court story that has nothing to do with fashion or multi-million dollar sponsorship deals!
Last weekend marked the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Maria Sharapova has long been dedicated to helping those effected by the tragedy. Through both her personal foundation and her work as a United Nations Development Programme ambassador, Maria supports youth-oriented projects in Belarus, Russia and the Ukraine.
The United Nations put together this video highlighting Sharapova’s work. It’s impressive to see the impact her story has had on these kids:
Now if only we had some on-court news to talk about!
Maria recently touched a little bit on her on-court vs. off-court life, answering a fan question on her website:
Q. What hobbies have you done to forget tennis while you’re injured?
Maria: It’s hard to forget tennis, I miss it so much and can’t wait to get back on the court and start competing again. Believe it or not, I’ve been working so hard to get back on the court again, I have not taken up any new hobbies. I have been cooking more and really enjoy that, I have been reading some great books, I have been working on a lot of business projects. . .
Sharapova has not said when she’ll be returning to the court, though Russian Fed Cup captain Shamil Tarpischev claims she’ll be back for Roland Garros (click here). I’ll believe it when I see it. . .