Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova spoke about her life after retirement during her Instagram Live session on Tuesday with good friend and fellow tennis champion Novak Djokovic, of Serbia. The five-times Grand Slam champion announced her retirement from tennis earlier this year and has been busy with her business ventures as well as her interests in architecture, health and wellness, developing sporting facilities and art.
Speaking on the show, the Russian commented, "Part of this whole new 'retirement thing,' whatever that really is, is exploring, having the time, and dedicating the time and working on the future." "I think one of the things I've learned and taken away from chapter 1.0, is that it took so many years to build the foundation, the ground and the fundamentals, and that took years from when we were both very young.
"Day in and day out, it's done without anyone, without crowds, without people, without recognition. Although a large part of me is ready to go and is ready to work and is ready to achieve new things, I also know that I'm kind of new and whatever I set up so far while I was playing, a lot of that will take time to develop."
Sharapova also spoke about the effect of the injuries on her body over the past couple of seasons. "To be honest, I was very stubborn in the past couple of years with my body... I struggled a lot with it because I kept thinking that it was a hurdle I could pass, and I could get better."
"It's been somewhat of a transitional relief that I'm not putting my body through that anymore... There are some things that are still a part of me that I carry through in this transition, and some of it I'm ready to let go.
"My dad said to me, ‘Do you not want to go out on the private court and hit some balls?’ and I’m like, ‘No… No. No!’. Last night, I went in the basement and I went on the indoor stationary bike at 172 heart rate, and I’m like, ‘Why? Why am I doing this?’ The Russian champion says she was ready for the transition for life post retirement although the current lockdown has changed what she thought her post retirement life would be like.
"I was ready for the transition and I think I set up a really good base for myself... I'd say the transition is different than I thought it would be because of what we're all facing in today's environment."