Sachin Tendulkar was in London last week, taking in the top-notch tennis action at Wimbledon. As he and other notable stars walked into the crowd, many received a warm welcome. However, when Maria Sharapova was asked about Tendulkar, she replied that she had no clue who he was. For someone who is a legend in his game, the lack of recognition was more of a shadow on Sharapova than any statement on Tendulkar’s greatness.
“Sachin Tendulkar was the other person who came in at the same time as David [Beckham] – do you know who Sachin is?”
“I don’t,” Sharapova said, who went on to rave about Beckham.
“Besides being an incredible football player, he has done so much in his career, having a family, maintaining so many things off the court,” Sharapova said, referring to David Beckham’s overall impact. “He is a really nice person to chat to. We’re not best friends or anything, but it’s nice to be able to say hello and congratulate each other on achievements we’ve had in our careers and so on.”
English golfer Ian Poulter and retired England cricket captain Andrew Strauss were also in attendance that day at Wimbledon.
Sharapova, the fifth seed, lost in the fourth round of the tournament this year to ninth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany (6-7, 6-4, 4-6).