Maria Sharapova Clueless About Sachin Tendulkar, Loves David Beckham

Maria Sharapova, who won the French Open but lost in Wimbledon, said she was not aware of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The Russian said she was impressed by David Beckham and was in awe of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

updated: July 03, 2014 16:43 IST
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Maria Sharapova has faced online backlash since she revealed that she doesn't know who Sachin Tendulkar is.

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New Delhi: He may be regarded as cricket's 'God' and the world may see him the best-ever batsman of his generation, but Sachin Tendulkar is still an 'unknown' quantity in the world of sports. That cricket's global 'appeal' is rather limited is well illustrated by the fact that Grand Slam champion and tennis queen Maria Sharapova doesn't even know who Tendulkar is. (Tendulkar makes Wimbledon visit)

Considering the fact that Tendulkar is quite a 'regular' visitor at Wimbledon and good friends with Roger Federer, it comes as quite a surprise that Sharapova is oblivious of a man who has broken almost every batting record in cricket.

Tendulkar was the Royal Box in Wimbledon on Saturday. He was not the only celebrity sportsperson in that exclusive space. David Beckham and golfer Ian Poulter were also present. When Sharapova was asked at her post-match press conference is she knew that a cricket icon had come to see her play, the five-time Grand Slam champion said she had met Beckham a few times but wasn't familiar with Tendulkar.

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