One day in 2012, I found my sister and my nephew playing tennis on his Wii console. After watching them going at it, I wanted to give it a shot. At first I kept missing the ball. My then six-year-old nephew was constantly beating me. I was about to give up when they showed me how it’s done. After getting the hang of it, I was hooked! It was so much fun. So there I was playing Wii tennis for a while.
A few months later, I got home while my mom was watching tennis on TV. I joined her and was awestruck by the brilliance of the shot making. Next thing I know I was watching match replays on youtube. It was then when I stumbled on a Maria Sharapova best shot compilation video.
I knew who Sharapova was. I just didn’t know how well she played. Here we have this tall, blond girl running around the court in her matching outfit and sun visor smashing balls left and right in outrageous angles. She looked really in control. Also unlike the others, her dress was a perfect fit. There was not a cloth out of place. A lot of her videos from that year’s French Open (she completed her career slam after winning this Major) was showing up on my feed. Before the day ended I was familiar with her outfit, from the visor down to the shoes that bear her name and initials MS.
I was walking around the mall weeks later when I saw the Nike tennis shoes Maria wore at the French Open (sans the name and initials). I was already a “Masha” fan by then. And for reasons only other Sharapova fans will understand and can relate to, I was itching to have the same shoes. In less than 30 minutes I was handing over my credit card.
Then it dawned on me that I had tennis shoes but didn’t play the sport. I couldn’t wear it while running. Tennis shoes are hard and heavier than running shoes. That just couldn’t be. The shoes had no purpose. The next logical thing to do (for me back then) was to look for a trainer and learn to play the game.
And the rest as they say is history. In the end, those Nikes just made me do it!