Sanchez says her parents left her broke
says in her forthcoming book "Arantxa, Vamos! Memoirs of a struggle, a life and a woman" that her parents stripped her of nearly all of her earnings and that she no longer speaks to them.
"My parents made me suffer a lot,” she is quoted by the magazine La Otra Conica
as saying. She says has no relationships with anyone in her family, including her two former pro player brothers, Emilio and Javier. "My parents left me with nothing and now I am indebted to the [IRS} and I will not be quiet," she said.
Four-time Grand Slams champion Sanchez won $16.9 million dollars in prize money in her 17-year career but claims that overall (including endorsements) she took in about $59 million. "Today I am without resources,” said Sanchez, who has just taken over as Spain’s Fed Cup captain.
Sanchez also said that her mother Marisa -- who was with her at nearly every tournament throughout her career -- was super controlling. "My mother decided on my hair, my clothes ... When I bought something on my own, she rarely liked it," she said.
Sanchez's lawyers are still negotiating with the Spain’s IRS because she did not pay taxes for the years 1989-1993 when she claimed to have lived in the tax haven of Andorra.
Sanchez also says that her family opposed her marriage to her current husband Jose "Pep" Santacana (she was briefly married once before to the broadcaster Juan Vehils). - Matt Cronin