With prize money increasing in tennis over the years, players have also become a lot wiser with respect to how they utilise these funds. Given that this is the career they have chosen, financial prospects and investments are a big part of any successful athlete’s portfolio today.
Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams were previously seen looking into the business sector.
Maria Sharapova is the most recent athlete to invest in Tonak, a home workout business. She’s invested with a slew of prominent stars, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Serena Williams, her old rival.
According to reports on Fortune, The Russian actress was questioned about why she decided to invest in the company.
“I’ve always tried to avoid having a gym in my house because my entire life had been built around working out and being fit. When I was home, I wanted it to be my sanctuary,” she said.
“Only to find out by 2020, my basement had become a gym, and my first piece of equipment was from Tonal.”
Maria Sharapova has a reputation for being physically fit and strong. In the tennis world, she was recognized for her fitness.
She further added, “Over the years, I had gotten to know a lot of brands in the health and wellness space. I was often trying out different watches, heart-rate monitors, and fitness equipment.
“I had a sense of how to apply these different gadgets, and it was nice to be able to understand what worked and what didn’t work. Tonal works—it does what it is supposed to do.”
Maria Sharapova’s tennis journey
Maria Sharapova is a former professional tennis player from Russia. She was ranked No. 1 in the world in singles five times by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She is one of just ten women to have completed a career in the Grand Slam.
She is also an Olympic medallist, having won silver in the women’s singles event in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Maria Sharapova was suspended from tennis for 15 months after admitting to using meldonium, an anti-ischemic substance forbidden by WADA, in March 2016. At the age of 32, she declared her retirement.