Maria Sharapova has basically no friends as tennis players on the WTA Tour. The Russian player has no problems in openly speaking about it and in a recent interview she said: ‘I don’t really hide any feelings too much.
I think everyone knows this is my job here. When I’m on the courts or when I’m on the court playing, I’m a competitor and I want to beat every single person whether they’re in the locker room or across the net.
So I’m not the one to strike up a conversation about the weather and know that in the next few minutes I have to go and try to win a tennis match. I’m a pretty competitive girl. I say my hellos, but I’m not sending any players flowers as well.
Uhm, I’m not really friendly or close to many players. I have not a lot of friends away from the courts.’ When she said she is not really close to a lot of players, is that something strategic that she is doing? Is it different on the men’s tour than the women’s tour? ‘No, not at all.
I think just because you’re in the same sport doesn’t mean that you have to be friends with everyone just because you’re categorized, you’re a tennis player, so you’re going to get along with tennis players.
I think every person has different interests. I have friends that have completely different jobs and interests, and I’ve met them in very different parts of my life. I think everyone just thinks because we’re tennis players we should be the greatest of friends.
But ultimately tennis is just a very small part of what we do. There are so many other things that we’re interested in, that we do.’