It’s official: Maria Sharapova has dropped out of next week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
“I’ve been playing a lot of tennis, flying a lot, and it’s all been work since I took a week off after the championships,” she told reporters. “It’s pretty much been nonstop from the season to all the tournaments I’ve been playing, and Fed Cup as well. It takes a toll on your body and your mind. You feel like you have to go out on the court and, you know, spend a lot of emotion and energy out there, and sometimes you just don’t have it for every match.”
She also mentioned wondering why she would be tired this early in the season (if it’s not mono, then it’s probably all that jetsetting, dear). Of course, money is of no concern vs. taking care of her body, so Sharapova will pony up the stiff fine that goes along with skipping this mandatory SEWTA tournament.
What she’ll likely wear in Paris: We at TSF are sad to hear about Sharapova’s withdrawal, especially since it might have been a chance for Nike to unveil a new outfit for the Siberian Siren. In the meantime, we’ll feast our eyes on what will likely be her outfit for the 2008 French Open. See the pictures after the cut…