World number two tennis sensation Maria
Sharapova recently limbered up for the upcoming BNP Paribas WTA
Finals 2014 in Singapore from 17-26 October with a 7-day training
camp at Thanyapura Phuket.
"It's my second time to Phuket," Ms Sharapova
said. "I actually came here on holiday a few years ago. I had a
great holiday with my friends, but it's a little different this
time round with training and getting ready for one of the biggest
tournaments of the year, but I don't think there's a better place
to be other than here."
Thanyapura’s Tennis Academy features the only
six Plexicushion competition-class tennis courts in Phuket: four
covered for indoor play and two outdoor courts, with instruction
from world-class professional tennis coaches.
Tennis facilities include a grandstand, retail
shop, court and racquet hire and a racquet-stringing service
"It's always nice when you train in an
environment where it's really a sports facility and you're
surrounded by staff that are professionals, and other athletes. I
think just walking through the grounds and seeing people doing
their thing really brings the best out of you and brings a level
of commitment and hard work rather than perhaps when you're in the
gym and you're surrounded by people who are just on the stair
master doing a 30-minute workout a day," Ms Sharapova added. "It's
a little different from when you see an athlete training for a
sprint or a marathon or their special sport. The work ethic is
very different and that's why it's been so good to stay here."
The championship tennis player also took time
out to share some of the secrets of her success at Thanyapura.
"I've really been into green juices this
year so I've been making them with kiwi, cucumber, kale, mint and
pineapple or apple to give it a bit of sweetness. That's been
pretty much my go-to juice," she said.
The 'Sharapova Smoothie' is now available
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