07:36 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 07/09/2004 06:00AM
File under good sports: Maria Sharapova took the big prize at Wimbledon, but the 17-year-old Russian tennis phenom isn't letting fame go to her head. She showed up as scheduled for a kids' tennis clinic in New Haven, Conn., this week, and spent two hours in the blazing heat helping 100 kids learn the basics of tennis. "When I make a commitment I stick to it," Sharapova tells us. "Most of these kids never played before so it was great for them to pick up a racquet at such a young age. I love giving back to kids." Sharapova's newfound celebrity hasn't been entirely smooth sailing, however. "It's been crazy, I've had photographers all around me and people driving behind me and following me, which is very unusual, but that's the way it's going to be. I want to be a tennis player, but to achieve what I want to achieve, these things will happen, and if you don't like it, just don't win. It's simple."
Originally posted 07/06/2004 10:00AM
And the winners at Wimbledon were Roger Federer of Switzerland, Maria Sharapova of Russia and … the TV ratings of NBC.
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