Nike Welcomes Maria Sharapova Home with New Court


Maria Sharapova’s is an elite tennis player, not many know that her career started in the same town that will host the world’s best winter sports athletes this month. To offer inspiration to the local tennis community, Nike recently refurbished the court for the Evgeniy Kafelnikov Tennis Academy and added a mural that illustrates Sharapova’s rise .

Included on the mural is an inspirational message to the tennis star :

This is more than a line on a wall. It’s where a little girl hit her first thousand tennis balls. It’s daring to go further. It’s defying the doubters. It’s deciding what you want. Then doing something about it. This is not just a line on a wall. It’s where legends are made.

As part of a court dedication ceremony in her honor, Sharapova, along with the help of local girls from the academy, reopened the court for play and spoke passionately about her early career, the court’s significance in her life and what it means to be back home. In late December, Sharapova introduced her Nike Free TR 4 iD collaboration. A week later, her New Year’s Crush Workout championed the launch of the new Nike+ Training Club App. For more information on the Nike Free TR 4 or the N+TC App, visit

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