(Sports news – Tennis news) Beauty Maria Sharapova will make a surprising return. Fans promise to see the former Russian tennis player compete again in a tournament with a “huge” prize.
Tennis World said that former tennis player Maria Sharapova will return for the first time since retiring in February 2020. The plan is for “Masha” to play doubles with legendary John McEnroe, competing against the family pair Andre Agassi – Steffi Graf. This match is scheduled to take place on February 4, 2024 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (USA) in an event called Pickleball Slam (part 2).
Sharapova along with other tennis legends competed at the Pickleball Slam
But Pickleball Slam is not an ordinary tennis match. Instead, players will hold a racket similar to a table tennis racket, playing according to tennis rules but with many variations, on a hard court surface that is much smaller than the standard court surface. This sport is growing in America.
Even though it’s just a performance match, the winning pair will pocket up to 1 million USD. The big reward promises to be the motivation for the men’s and women’s pair to perform attractively.
Remember, this is a match between former world No. 1 players, players who have gone down in the history of Grand Slam tournaments. A total of 4 tennis players McEnroe, Sharapova, Agassi and Graf won 42 Grand Slams in their career. They are all among the best players in tennis history.
|Pickleball was invented by Joel Pritchard in 1965 on Bainbridge Island (Washington, USA). Today, Pickleball has grown into a fun and competitive sport throughout the United States and Canada.
As described by the New York Times, Pickleball is a sport that combines many elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis. The playing rules are simple and easy to learn for beginners. Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors on a court the same size as a badminton court combined with a suitably adjusted tennis net.