If Maria Sharapova's career has been what it was, it is certainly thanks to her innate tennis talent, but Nick Bollettieri has undoubtedly given her a big contribution. Her breakthrough year was 1993, when little Maria met the legend Martina Navratilova, who saw an uncommon potential in her and therefore advised her parents to enroll her in the IMG Academy, directed by Nick Bollettieri.
Being too small, Maria had to wait for her ninth year to be able to enter it and she did it thanks to a grant from IMG which, seeing her enormous talent, paid the annual fee, which amounted to the sum of 35 thousand dollars.
At the beginning of 2022, Maria Sharapova had given an interview in which she underlined the ascendancy that Nick Bollettieri had over her and how much her wise advices were decisive in order to obtain a successful career as she has had.
Maria Sharapova's secrets: training, diet, Harvard Business School and Bollettieri
Maria trains with a mix of bodyweight exercises and sessions with weights, kickboxing lessons and functional training performed in the park, on the beach, in the park.
Also, she often uses ankle braces to intensify the workload. She also practices squats, push-ups and yoga. On diet, she said: "I start my day healthy, drink lots of lemon water, have done this my entire career, then green smoothie with kale, lemon, spinach and sometimes a small apple or an avocado.
I usually pair that with rye toast. These days I'm not too fussy about food and I have to say I'm a lot less fussy than when I was playing." You previously enrolled at Harvard Business School to study Economics, after being disqualified for doping.
Since 2018 the former Russian star has been romantically linked to the British entrepreneur Alexander Gilkes, with whom she had her first child, Theodore, just this year.