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Maria Sharapova writes heartfelt note for people of Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

Former Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova on Friday expressed solidarity with people of Italy, which has become the worst hit country by deadly coronavirus.

Maria, who recently announced retirement from tennis, reminisced “on all the beautiful memories” she holds.

The five-time Grand Slam winner wrote a heartfelt note for Italy and recounted her days she spent in the country.

Here is what she had to say:

“I was introduced to Italy as a little girl and fell in love with it immediately. In all fairness, it is very hard not to fall in love with.
As @vanityfairitalia put together these images in support of Italy, I couldn’t help but reminisce on all the beautiful memories I hold. In the past year, I spent most of my training in Italy and considered it my second home. I ate more pasta Genovese than anyone should be allowed to. I met new friends and a team who significantly impacted my outlook on the value of quality of work. On the roads, I improved my driving ( or worsened them) as I often received slightly dramatic gestures from local taxi drivers.

And by looking back, I am also positively dreaming of the future. Visiting our friends in Positano for a sunset swim on the Amalfi, my little family in Old Bordighera for a spritz and salame board, and the crowded streets through Rome which I will never take for granted.
As we navigate through so many unknowns together, let’s do it with kindness, love, and optimism—All the beautiful qualities Italia has shared with me. Please”

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