Former world no.1, Maria Sharapova had a pretty memorable career. After a difficult childhood in Russia, she moved to the US at an early age with her father to pursue her dream as a tennis player. Before retiring in 2020, she won five Grand Slam singles titles, which was a remarkable achievement.
However, after moving to the United States, she had to live there without her mother for the first two years. Recently, she talked about her life without her mother, and how she used to write letters to her.
Maria Sharapova talks about her friends making fun of her letters
At the age of only six, Sharapova moved to the US with her father after receiving advice from Martina Navratilova. For the first two years, she didn’t have her mother with her. In the Big Question podcast, the Russian tennis talked about how she would communicate with her mother through writing letters.
“So my mom didn’t join us in the States for the first two years, which was incredibly difficult and I’m sure it was so much more difficult for her as her first and only child. She was still very young when she had me. She was 20 years old, so she was still studying in University. There was no face-time, there was no video chat, we didn’t have cellphones. So, we would write letters to each other once a month,” Sharapova said.
The Russian also made an interesting revelation about her friends making fun of her letters. “I remember writing, always wrote ‘I love you… I love you’ at the end and I had a few friends that would read my letters and make fun of me that I was being so soft to my mother and I used to say well your mother is like right next to you and you could just say those words to her and I have to write those words so often because she’s not next to me… It was challenging,” Maria revealed.
She also said that even though those years were very long, she could only imagine it would be more difficult right now. She believes that you would feel like you would be close to a person but yet not be there.
“You would have connections and touch with them through a screen. So, maybe, actually writing those letters at that time for me made it feel like I could go through that time and not feel so heavy about it,” the former tennis player added.