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Maria Sharapova on Growing Up Poor and Learning to Compete Against 'Spoiled Brats'

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova returns to competition this week at the U.S. Open, her first major tournament since a doping suspension sidelined her for over a year.

Along with that brutal honesty about her unexpected stumble, Sharapova details her early life as a Russian immigrant in Florida, sleeping on a Pullout Sofa as her father struggled to make ends meet—and the unexpected money lessons she learned once she became a champion.

You describe the other girls at Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy as “spoiled brats.” And at the same time, you’re sleeping on a pullout sofa next to your dad in a $250-a-month apartment.

I’d go in there with my parents and I would think “Wouldn’t it be amazing if I went to a store like [this] and was able to buy it?” [After I won Wimbledon,] I realized how powerful the mind is.

You describe a lot of jealousy from other players as the competition for brand dollars started to heat up.

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