The legendary tennis player responded that she wouldnt force or encourage her kids to be professional tennis players
Tennis had always been Maria Sharapova’s passion which ultimately took over her destiny like she had wanted. But that doesn’t mean that her kids would follow the same path. She has clearly stated that she is not so fond of the idea of encouraging her kids take up tennis as a profession. This particular topic was hit with Sharapova after Ernests Gulbis’s comment a day earlier where he said that he wouldn’t want his younger sisters to become professional tennis players.
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He had said that “It’s a tough choice of life. A woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more - Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids. What kids you can think about until age of 27 if you’re playing professional tennis. That’s tough for a woman, I think.”
Though this was an extremely sexist comment, but Maria Sharapova answered quite maturely and lightly when she was asked about his particular viewpoint. She lightly answered with a laugh that “I don’t think we can take everything serious when he speaks. I mean, let’s be honest with that. I think he’s great entertainment and we love to listen to what he has to say… In a way, I think he was joking, but he’s playing the sport, so how bad can it be? If he felt so bad about it, and even if he’s a male, I don’t think he’d be playing it.”
She was being a real sport about it and never let the light mood leave her as she carried on saying that “I think the sport brings so many opportunities to women. I mean, it’s brought me so many things into my life and my career. I don’t regret any step that I have taken. But then, on the other hand, sometimes I wake up and think, ‘Well, I don’t wish this on my kids. But then when I’m playing the matches, I’m in front of thousands of people and the experience that this sport brings, I think, of course I want my kids to do this, this is such a huge lesson in life.”
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