Christopher Clarey

Christopher Clarey


The New York Times tennis correspondent. Longtime global sports columnist. The Slams since 1990. 15 Olympics. 6 World Cups. 20 British Opens. Français/Español.

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Our piece on Maria Sharapova's retirement at age 32. There will be no farewell tour

Sharapova has been battling injuries for years but in the last 18 months it has worsened with more problems with her right shoulder and both forearms. She made the decision to retire after returning to Los Angeles after this year's Australian Open

“Maria is very smart, very savvy, very professional, probably the ultimate professional,” Steve Simon, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, told me. “She’ll be remembered very well for what she brought to the game & I think everybody thinks of her as the ultimate competitor.”

Sharapova's personal journey one of the most extraordinary in sports. Here's a photo from her at age 6 as it began: her 1st day on a Florida beach after arriving from Russia. Via Vogue

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Asked Sharapova why no farewell tournament or tour? “I don’t feel I need to go on the court for the entire world and every fan to know that this is my last time on the court. Even when I was younger, it was not the way I wanted it to end.”

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"If I came back to play on clay it must have been to play Rafa" - Federer says

We report that Maria Sharapova is retiring from pro tennis at age 32. Not weary of the game but tired of fighting her body. Once No. 1, she won 5 Slam singles titles & earned tens of millions on & off the court. By force of will & personality she was one of the game’s true stars

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Sad tennis story: a gifted chair umpire at the pinnacle of his career after working the great Djokovic-Federer final is fired by the ATP for giving unauthorized interviews. Our exclusive

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