Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, who is married to the World’s No 1 doubles tennis player, Sania Mirza, believes that the Indian tennis ace deserves a lot of praise for excelling at the highest level in a sport which is much tougher as compared to a game like cricket.
The cross border marriage of Shoaib and Sania have made them one of the most famous couples in India-Pakistan. Since they tied the knot, both have been doing pretty well individually in their sports field.
But, Malik believes that it is his wife that deserves extra praise considering the challenges an individual sport like tennis throws at you.
As per the reports by Sportskeeda, Shoaib was quoted saying, “Tennis is a much tougher sport than cricket. I’m not saying this because my wife is tough (laughs) but an individual sport like tennis is actually tougher than a team sport like cricket.”
“There are places to hide in a game like cricket but in tennis, there’s nowhere to go and you are right in the middle of the action all throughout the game.”
“I’ve seen her (Sania) playing one day in a city without knowing where she will be playing next time she is out on the field because once you a lose a match in tennis you are out of the particular tournament. To raise yourself up mentally having such thoughts at the back of your mind is really challenging. In team sports, you have coaches and the support staff as well as your teammates to back you but it is much tougher in the case of an individual sport,” he added.