Sony Ericsson, sponsor of the WTA, has offered all fans of Maria
Sharapova the chance to fulfill their dream and enjoy a master
class in the heart of Madrid.
It has installed a full size tennis court at the spectacular
location of Madrid's Plaza de Callao. In the past, Sony Ericsson
has surprised lovers of tennis with matches in unusual settings
such as a subway platform in Madrid, a hotel swimming pool in New
York, on top of a car on a road in Miami and at a desert island in
On this occasion, Sony Ericsson has taken it to another level
and in conjunction with the celebration of this year's Madrid Open
it has given five of Maria's biggest fans the opportunity to
fulfill a life long dream of playing against the superstar athlete
and getting a master class from their idol.
The five lucky fans have been selected through a Facebook
competition in which they had to answer the following
'Why should we choose you to play tennis with Maria Sharapova?'
The entrants with the most original ideas have been chosen to
participate in this unique experience.
Speaking at this incredible event, Maria Sharapova
"This is such an amazing competition to be involved in, as I
love Madrid and the people of Spain always make me feel very
welcome. It is great working with Sony Ericsson as they help me
keep in touch with my millions of fans through my Xperia Arc
Moreover, the participants involved have been surprised by the
closeness and friendliness of Maria.
One participant commented:
"Although it was very nerve wracking playing in front of so many
people and with Maria it was truly the experience of a lifetime.
Maria was lovely and very friendly; I'm very appreciative that Sony
Ericsson gave fans the chance to meet their idol Maria
Sandra López Santiago, Marketing Director of Sony Ericsson Spain
and Portugal commented:
"Sony Ericsson showed once again their support for professional
tennis, sharing its values such as effort, entertainment and
improvement. We wanted to celebrate the arrival of the tour to
Madrid with a unique event. I enjoyed seeing all the attendees
smiling and relishing the experience".
Click here for photos from the event.