Maria Sharapova was in no mood to take a “selfie” for her waitress, after she was done dining at an Australian restaurant.
The bold move was made when Sharapova got her check, along with a request of a photo and autograph.
Maria Sharapova told reporters she was taken aback when her bill was handed to her along with the waitress’ smartphone and the photo request.
In a clear sign that she was not interested in taking a “selfie” to share with the stranger, Maria Sharapova instead did something else.
“I actually took a picture of the guy next to me. True story,” the Russian tennis star told journalists on Saturday.
Maria Sharapova is already down under, for the Australian Open, which begins next week and is completely focused on what’s next.
She has been plagued by shoulder problems throughout her career, but is ready for the first Grand Slam of the tennis season.
“I’m happy to be back playing a Grand Slam. I missed the last one at the end of last year,” Maria Sharpova said. “I’m happy to get myself back in form and really start well here.”
Maria Sharapova has won four Grand Slam titles in her career and last year reached the semifinals at the Australian Open.
Currently, Maria Sharapova is ranked number three in the world, going into the first major tournament of the year and even though she is impatient to get back into the swing of things, she is realistic.
“You obviously have to lower your expectations a little bit and be a bit realistic about maybe the first few matches. You have to grind, work through them, hope to get better as the tournament goes on.”
Her first opponent in this year’s Open is American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who has given her problems in the past.
With so many shoulder problems in the past few years, Maria Sharapova says she has become an expert on the matter:
“I know about everything,” she said, laughing. “I know a lot more than I ever thought that I would about a shoulder. But that’s part of the game. Everyone has injuries. Everyone’s body is different. They use their joints and muscles in very different ways because of the way they play. Everyone gets used up in different ways, I guess.”
Maria Sharapova doesn’t have time for “selfies”, she is completely focused on having a good Australian Open.