Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, a winner of five Grand Slam tournaments, made her phone number public to receive messages from fans, in the context of US isolation and social spacing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a message posted on Instagram, Sharapova, 32, who announced her retirement on February 26, urges her fans to send her messages or questions and promises to answer them all.
Isolated at home in the US, Sharapova had a similar initiative on August 26, when Zoom called on her fans to talk.
“I tried to find a way to keep in touch with all my followers because last week I had a great time doing a video conference with 150 of you. I liked that discussion and I wish I could be more connected to the fans because we all go through isolation. I want to write to you about what you think. I leave you a phone number and you can send me any message that will go directly to your mobile, the same one I give now. I will respond. – how it works, ask me questions or just say hello. Any great recipe is welcome, ” wrote Mary in her video message.
Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, also provided a mobile number to which fans can send text messages and discuss discussions on any topic.