She may be a fierce competitor and stunning model, but above all, Maria Sharapova is a survivor. Despite several injuries and a suspension, this five-time Grand Slam champ and candy magnate keeps charging ahead. We caught up with her at a recent Evian event to talk all things tennis, style and dating (guess which one that headline applies to). Oh, there might be a variety of eye-catching new and classic photos too.
If a guy was learning tennis, what’s a good tip when they’re first starting out? Hand-eye coordination is so important. So watch your balls— literally watch the ball hit the strings of the racket. Make sure you’re focus is on that. If a guy was good at tennis, I’d actually want to know some of their advice too, like how they serve that hard, where they get that power, how they slide on the hard courts. I’d need more tips from them!
Spring is here, what looks good on a guy? Less is more. That’s my personal preference. I am more of a classic, elegant with an edge person. Keep it simple. Don’t overdo it. It doesn’t matter if it’s spring, summer or winter, they just have to have their shit together.
Clean-shaven or some facial hair? Some facial hair. It depends on what mood I am in.
Boxers or briefs? Neither!
Summer is coming, what is your favorite beach? I love the beaches in Sarasota, Florida! They are like my little escape.
If a guy wants to approach a girl who loves tennis, what’s a good pickup line? Don’t. Nothing about tennis. It’s really tough to think about guys and tennis and dates, since that’s our profession.
Is a tennis lesson a good activity for a guy to try on a date? If they both have never played, maybe. But don’t play against each other. You have to be on the same side of the net. It’s not a great idea for a first date!
You work with Evian, why is hydration so important? Whether you are an athlete or just a regular human being, hydration is important. At the end of the day, the simplest things can make you look and feel good. Personally, for me, that’s staying hydrated and sleeping well. I wake up in the morning and have a routine of drinking half a liter of water. It’s an important part of life.
Besides tennis, what else do you do to stay in shape? I love doing things outdoors, like hiking and running—even though I never liked that before, I like it now. I like movement, and being in an environment that’s not intended for the purpose of my sport. That keeps it interesting and fun.