Maria Sharapova: The Story So Far
Published July 31, 2013 12:00
Born behind the iron curtain, raised in the United States before going on to capture virtually every title worth winning in tennis, Maria Sharapova certainly has a story to tell. And it is one that she has every intention of telling one day. She even has a title.
"I'd love to write a book about my life," Sharapova said at this year's French Open. "I love to write, so I have always said to my agent Max that I'd like to do it.
"I even know the title of what my book would be. I have known it for many years!"
And while the Russian remained tight-lipped about when this memoir would see the light of day, she did reveal that she has already penned plenty of material.
"I really enjoy writing," she added. "I have written so much in my journal over the last few years, and also going further back to when I was a junior and a little kid, so I really want to get it on paper one day - some of it is mind blowing.
"I mean, the thoughts that I had and just my ambitions in the sport, and how much I was so excited about going and practicing and winning tennis matches - that's something I really want to share."
Sharapova hopes her thoughts down the years will shed light not just on her aims and achievements, but also what has made her who she is today. "Everyone says that I'm so focused on the court and people ask me why and how and when you're born with it or not.
"And to be clear, I don't really know if you are. I think it's something that you learn. But through what I wrote when I was young, I think it would be so interesting to share it with other people, so I definitely want to include that in my book."
When quizzed on her own reading material, though, the World No.2's response was less enthusiastic. "I was so busy before I left on this trip that I forgot my books. Usually there's something you forget to pack, and this time it was my books. And I don't like reading on a smart phone or handheld thing.
"So I just went to the train station and picked up a novel, and it's been like four weeks and I'm still on it. So obviously it's not very good. I can't even remember what it's called!"