Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
February 8, 2012 by staff
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Former Spanish tennis ace Arantxa Sanchez Vicario blames her parents for losing the roughly 45 million euros ($60 million) she earned throughout her career, in a new book published this week.
The 40-year-old, who retired in 2002 after winning four Grand Slam titles and once holding the number one ranking, said she no longer speaks to her parents, whom she accuses of mismanaging the money she earned through endorsements and tournament wins.
“They left me with nothing,” she wrote in the book of memoirs called “Let’s Go! Memories of a fight, a life and a woman” which hit bookstores in Spain on Tueday.
Sanchez Vicario said she owed Spanish tax authorities money and was poorer than her older brother Javier even though “he won far fewer tournaments throughout his career.”
“Should I accept this abuse and shut up? I am not going to do it,” she wrote in the book.
She also blamed her parents for being slapped with a fine of 3.5 million euros for paying her taxes in Andorra instead of in Spain.
“This was very hard for me. Once again, it is a case of the people who managed my career making decisions without consulting me,” Sanchez Vicario wrote in the book.
Her mother, Marisa Vicario Rubio, denied profiting from her daughter’s gains and said she was saddened by the accusations made in the book.
“We will read her book carefully. Then it will be the moment for me, and also my husband Emilio, and for our lawyers to reply to the false accusations made about us,” she said in a statement.
“And it will become clear that we did not profit from Arantxa and that she obsviously is not broke.”
Among Sanchez Vicario’s victories were French Open titles in 1989, 1994 and 1998, and a United States Open title in 1994, when she beat Steffi Graf in the final.
She reached the final at Wimbledon each of the next two years, losing both times to Graf.
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