By: E&P Staff
Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova thinks young star Maria Sharapova should stop courting publicity and modeling and concentrate on tennis. “You can’t have two careers,” she wrote in The Guardian newspaper in London on Tuesday.
Navratilova said Sharapova had underperformed since winning Wimbledon last year. “People say she has become irascible and irritable in interviews but she should remember that if she hadn’t won Wimbledon, people would not fawn over her as much,” Navratilova wrote.
“If you don’t back it up — and Maria has not — people lose interest.”
The “part athlete, part model” philosophy is wrong: “You shouldn’t chase the money, you should chase the potential in yourself. If she doesn’t defend her title here, she becomes just one of the top-10 players of the past 12 months. If she wins, though, it’s huge: She’s defended her title and that’s a great achievement.”