Is banned tennis queen Maria Sharapova missed in the Wimbledon circuit? Not at all, feels her co-stars, as they consider the former Wimbledon champion as the most “unlikable” person.
Sharapova was way ahead of the 22-time major winner Serena Williams in the list of the Sport’s highest paid athletes, despite having won just six Grand Slam titles in her career. The Russian beauty’s celebrity status and earning power regularly outstripped the other stars of the game.
Her co-stars find Sharapova conceited, egoist and unfriendly.
“She’s a totally unlikeable person,’ was Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova’s blunt assessment. ‘I don’t miss her on the tour. Arrogant, conceited and cold. When I sit beside her in the locker room, she won’t even say hello,’ the 2014 Australian finalist added, according to the Daily Mail.
Sharapova was banned from the game for two years in May after being tested positive for Meldonium. She won’t be allowed to play in the center court until 2018 unless her appeal wins.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska gave a telling reply when asked if the Russian star is irreplaceable.
“You should ask fans or the tournament organizers or someone,” she replied after winning her first round match, “I think we have so many other good players, so many other women playing great tennis, so many other good matches, I think the women’s is still going to be a great event.”
Has the former champion’s absence in reduced the glamor of the tournament?
former coach Nick Bollettieri, who trained the Russian star when she arrived at his Florida academy aged only nine, answered in a different tune.
Bollettieri feels the tournament is poorer without the former champion. a brought elegance and beauty,’ Bollettieri told Sportsmail.‘ She dressed beautifully, she performed beautifully, she won this tournament at a very young age.”
The Russian queen rocked the center court by winning her maiden Wimbledon title in 2004.