October 5, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Sports veteran Maria Sharapova has shared her interest in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) speaking at the Binance Blockchain Week Paris 2022.
During an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph, Sharapova mentioned that “she is exposing herself to this new world of crypto and Web3,” noting that the sector will help her better engage with her fans.
The tennis legend was also one of the strategic investors behind MoonPay’s Series A financing round, yet she mentioned that she aims to bridge her personal experiences to the digital world moving forward.
Sharapova believes that it is important for women to enter the world of Web3.
“I’m now finding ways to include experiences in the digital world, so that’s what I’m most excited about. Also, as a female entrepreneur, I believe it’s important to pave the way for other women to enter Web3. Money is a topic that I feel we don’t speak enough about as women,” she told CoinTelegraph.
She said that she wants to allow women to have a space where they experiment with Web3.
“For example, I was 17 when I won my first grand slam and social media was in no way part of that experience. It took years for me to get comfortable with social media over time. I think Web3 is also an area where one has to get out there in order to learn and grow from it,” she said.
Sharapova further shared that the Web3 experience has given her access to the fans in entirely new ways. “I feel like I’m more engaged with them, as opposed to them just being engaged by watching me compete,” she says.
She further mentioned that her interest in the NFT space is because it bridges her passion for fashion, interior design and creating spaces that are unique to individuals and communities.
“I’ve become more interested in this space because it has more of a design perspective. It’s also an entirely new revenue stream that both artists and women are discovering,” she said.
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Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.