Maria Sharapova has had a very roller coaster career. She has managed to win plenty in her career and has even been out of tennis for a wrong reason. Her book is going to be published in September and iTunes just released a 55-minute documentary on the Russian named “The Point.”
Excited to share with you a documentary piece that was filmed about my 15-month journey to get my career back. It’s a strange feeling having a crew follow you around – it’s almost like your shadow (but times ten!) I opened up a lot on camera which is…well…it's pretty scary. In a very candid and vulnerable 55 minutes, I speak about my suspension, what it was like to fight one of the biggest fights I've ever faced. It's also an insight into the daily grind of training before my return. That is, when there is no crowd, no audience and it's just you and your team with one simple goal. More than anything, this film was made for my incredible fans. Your loyalty keeps that burning fire alive and will be inside of me to never let up. Thank YOU!! Get “The Point” now on iTunes http://bit.ly/MSThePoint
Posted by Maria Sharapova on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The glamorous tennis star has shared about the film, her career, doping charges and her struggle to comeback in a candid interview with the baseline.tennis.com.
Sharapova sat down to tell her side of the doping scandal story to start off. She told her expereince from receiving the email notifying her of her mistake to knowledge of her reduced 15-month sentence.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 19, 2017
“I learned how to be present in a situation,” the 30-year-old in her chat with Nina Pantic. “It also gave me the chance to [see] what is life without what you’ve had for so long.”
She had continuous support throughout her suspension as her fans and many of her sponsors were always by her side. Sharapova is always accompanied by people she trusts which includes coach Sven Groeneveld, trainer Yutaka Nakamura and manager Max Eisenbud. Her father Yuri has kept close watch from Day 1.
“I spend more time with my team than I do with my family or my friends,” Sharapova said. She did not fire anyone despite being a group mistake of not updating themselves to the new World Anti-Doping rules and firing would not have helped.
“There’s no way they’d never see me on the court again,” she says later, of her family and team.”
Every step of the way — from the start to the return — my dad was there, pushing me to be better. pic.twitter.com/g9AgrvLfL3
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 18, 2017
There is quite a lot of portion of the film that shows her training hard for her April return in the expected style of long court hours, brutal sprints and dedicated gym time, her suspension gave her reason to explore less-traditional workouts. She ventured into hot yoga, group cycling classes and even boxing.
Sharapova has been training to win Grand Slams since her early days and taking control of her own workouts was not a small thing for her. “I’m doing this for my body. I’m not doing this for Roland Garros,” she has said, even casually attending a Soul Cycle class in New York. “I’m doing it for me.”
With the entire world debated about the wildcard in teniss world, Sharapova quietly and calmly accepted what was offered. “It’s not an easy place to be at,” Sharapova said. “My mission is the first match, and the match after that. Whether it takes me to Paris or whether it takes me to London, I don’t know. But I hope so. I really do believe that I deserve to be there, and I deserve to be playing there.”
There is still a lot to be said from part of story. Sharapova has accepted a wildcard into Toronto in August. She has this to say about everyone watching her continued comeback: “Whether they love me or hate me, respect me or don’t respect me, they’re curious and so am I.”