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'My parents screwed me for €45m' - Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

The former tennis star has accused her mother and father of leaving her penniless in a new book.

Sanchez-Vicario in action at Roland Garros back in 2000.
Sanchez-Vicario in action at Roland Garros back in 2000.
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FORMER WOMEN’S WORLD No1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario has revealed that she is crippled with debt because of the actions of her parents.

The Spaniard, who won four Grand Slam titles during the 80s and 90s before retiring in 2002, has accused her family of taking the fortune she earned during her tennis career in her new book entitled ‘Vamos! Memoirs of a Struggle, a Life and a Woman’.

Sanchez Vicario, now 40-years-old, says Emilio Sanchez and Marisa Vicario Rubio have left her with nothing.

“A simple estimate, based on everything I’ve earned… would reach about €45m,” The Guardian reports. “My parents left me with nothing and now I am indebted to the (tax authorities) and I will not be quiet.

My mother decided on my hair, my clothes… When I bought something on my own, she rarely liked it. Today, I am without resources.”

“My properties are worth a lot less than those of my brother Javier, who has earned a lot less than me… I never questioned the way my father managed my money. I have been a victim, I was duped.”

However, her mother has denied those claims and responded by insisted that the accusations are all fictitious.

“As we read the article that was published we sunk deeper and deeper into despair, not because of all the lies in it, which came one after another, but more because we realised the actual state of our daughter,” Marisa Vicario Rubio said.

“For 20 years, we put everything aside and forfeited our lives and our marriage for her career.”

Read more in The Guardian

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