Maria Sharapova Reveals Her Next Chapter After Retirement from Professional Tennis: 'I'm Excited'



Like many people during the pandemic, Sharapova and her parents have turned to cooking as a creative outlet.

"We’ve been spending almost all of our time in the kitchen — cooking meals and baking treats, and at one point, we even pulled out an ice cream machine, which I hadn’t even taken out of the box for years," she tells PEOPLE. "We even started growing our own garden out back — so you know things are getting serious!"

While Sharapova says that while she's "hit balls with my friends a few times just for fun" since leaving professional tennis, she's been enjoying finding new ways to get in her workouts. "Mainly I’ve been trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible — either doing a boxing workout on the beach or hiking some of the trails nearby," she says.

Sharapova announced her decision to step away from tennis in February, saying at the time that she was ready to challenge herself in ways off the court.

"Tennis showed me the world — and it showed me what I was made of," she said in her announcement in Vanity Fair. "It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth. And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing."

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