Maria to write memoirs

Sarah Crichton at Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired North American rights to the memoirs of Maria.

In her own words, she will share her journey from Siberia to becoming a self-proclaimed “BOSS”—from young immigrant to international athletic sensation. Readers will discover Maria’s sharp wit, humor, and self-deprecating side as she lets us into her private world which very few know. Jennifer Rudolph Walsh of William Morris Endeavor/IMG represented Maria in the deal. The memoir is scheduled for publication in fall 2017. The famously private tennis sensation will share never-before-told stories—both fun memories and meaningful personal experiences—from her first years in America and how they contributed to her career longevity and fighting perseverance.

Raised in Sochi, the most recent city to host the Olympic Games, Sharapova holds a number of firsts for her native Russia. She is the first Russian to be ranked World No. 1, the first to win the Australian Open, and the only Russian to win five Grand Slams. At the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games, Sharapova became Russia’s first female to carry the Russian flag. Additionally, she acted as an Olympic Correspondent for NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

As an international icon, Maria garners worldwide press coverage both on and off the court, with a dominating social media presence that includes more than 15 million Facebook fans, more than 1.8 million Twitter followers, and her own Social Channel. She serves as an ambassador to many of the world’s top luxury brands and a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Porsche, TAG Heuer, Nike, Supergoop!, Avon, Head, and Evian. In 2012, Maria flexed her entrepreneurial muscles and debuted her couture candy collection, Sugarpova, with a portion of its proceeds benefiting the Maria Sharapova Foundation. In 2007, Maria became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and has donated significant contributions to Chernobyl-related projects in her native country.

Maria will work with the writer Rich Cohen, who collaborated with Jerry Weintraub on his memoir When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead. Cohen has published several books with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and is a contributor to Vanity Fair.

Maria said, “I’m excited to take this amazing opportunity to look back over the adventures and experiences I’ve had and recount them, as well as reflect on all the forces that made me who I am. Rich Cohen is an exceptional writer and we hope to produce a book that will be authentic and surprising—a book that will inspire through lighthearted tales and timeless stories of determination.”

Sarah Crichton said, “I am thrilled to be working with Maria Sharapova, one of our great athletes. I admire her fearless confidence, her dedication, and her entrepreneurial spirit. She’s a funny and insightful woman; a complete original. And she has a remarkable story to tell.”