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3:46PM

Nike Welcomes Maria Sharapova to Sochi with a New Tennis Court

Maria Sharapova is currently in Russia to showcase the city Sochi for NBC, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. While there, she returned to one of the courts at the Evgeniy Kafelnikov Tennis Academy where she started her career; a court that Nike recently refurbished in her honor to offer inspiration to the local tennis community.  Pretty cool right?

What is even cooler is that there is a mural of Maria on the court as well as this inscription,

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.

Maria said this about re-opening the court,  “It’s incredible to travel back to my roots and still see so much joy and passion from kids for the game today. I’m honored to officially re-open the court for play and I hope that these young stars will continue to develop and enhance their technique and see that with dedication and motivation, you can rise to the top.”

I can't wait to see Maria on NBC!  What about you?

Photos courtesy of Nike

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