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Grand Slams and Business Plans: From the Court to the Corner Office


While these champions cemented their names on the tennis court, they found a second calling in the commercial world.

All of these athletes came from winning a Grand Slam title, or more than one, to pursue their passions in the business or philanthropic world.

Andy Murray

The Scott forayed into the hotelier business by purchasing a Victorian mansion in Dunblane, Scotland and turning it into a five-star hotel.

Cromlix was named the Scottish Hotel of the Year in 2016, proving Murray has a flair for business outside of tennis.


Maria Sharapova

While the star has been embroiled in controversy surrounding a doping scandal, she has been boiling some sweet things of her own.

Sharapova started Sugarpova in 2012, a confectionery business that took off rapidly.

The brand now sells chocolate and sweets as well as merchandise in over 30 countries worldwide. She has also worked on her skills in the business field, studying at Harvard Business School and interning with various agencies.


Andre Agassi

He founded the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education in 1994, aimed at helping children through education in the US. The foundation then opened a not-for-profit school in Nevada followed by 70 more across the US.

Agassi has worked hard on his foundation, raising $185 million over 15 years for the schools which have helped educate over 30,000 kids.

He remains passionate about his projects and education reform in the US even today, looking to expand and make education possible for all children.


Steffi Graf

Her time in the spotlight as the world number one was put to good use after she put down her racket. Steffi used her leverage to start up a foundation aiming to help children escaping from war-torn countries.

The Children for Tomorrow Foundation has set up kindergartens in countries ravaged by war, they run camps to help with counselling as well as sending doctors and therapists to help children overcome the trauma of war.


Novak Djokovic

The Serbian star has always proclaimed his love of food, which probably led him to the world of restaurateurs.

His first restaurant called Novak opened up in the Blegrade Arena in the Serbia capital in 2009. The then unveiled Eqvita, a fully vegan eatery in Monte Carlo in 2016.

More recently he has opened his third venture, offering free food for those who need it. He says he wanted to give back to those who support him, saying he has enough money to feed all of Serbia.


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