After being at the top of world tennis for winning Roland Garros three times, now the former tennis player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario lives a true ordeal, with her children in the United States.
From this Tuesday she will sit in the dock alongside her ex-husband, Josep Santacana, from whom she has been separated since 2018. Both have ended up going to trial in Spain for an alleged crime of asset seizure and face four years in prison and to pay more than $6 million dollars in civil liability.
In an interview with the newspaper ‘El País’ she confessed: “I was in love. I trusted my ex-husband and I have been immersed in this situation. My mistake, as I have said other times, was falling in love. I trusted the person next to her, my husband, and he played it for me.”
Sánchez Vicario lives on rent in Miami with his two children, but confesses that he is in serious financial trouble: “I give private tennis lessons and, on occasion, they hire me to help organize tournaments, or as a commentator. I am making a brutal economic effort, which I will continue to make all my life. I raise my children thanks, also, to the money that friends leave me. With that I’m pulling“.
And he continues: “It is very unfair. With what I have won, not being able to make a living from tennis is a very hard blow that I did not expect. Earning what I earned cost me kilometers running on the track, hours of training, sacrifice and effort. I had to earn it, nobody gave me anything. What is mine is mine, and my children’s. That’s what motivates me the most to get it back.”
Furthermore, the athlete takes refuge in religion: “I pray often. And I’m going to put a candle so that this turns out well.”. And also in her two children, Aranxta and Leo, 14 and 11 years old respectively. “My life is dedicated to them. “They are everything to me, they are what keeps me going.”he pointed.
Arantxa regrets that people who barely know her speak on her behalf. “My life in the United States consists of working every day, paying my debts and taking care of my children.”
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