Maria Sharapova, who still works with her father, Yuri, in the off-season and occasionally during weeks off, tells reporters in Rome about their current relationship. Yuri coached his daughter on tour up until her shoulder surgery in October 2008.
“We speak if not every day, every second day,” said Sharapova, who is coached on tour by Thomas Hogstedt. “He’s on a permanent life vacation. He says he’s actually training for the Senior Olympics as a skier, but that’s not going to happen, but he is involved in every aspect of my career and he knows my game better than everyone else. He sees so much and seen so many coaches and when to say something and when not, and gives his two cents and gets mad and then later asks what we having for lunch.”