After being engaged to Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic and having a serious relationship with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova found a love match in British millionaire Alexander Gilkes. What a treat for my WTA Players and their Love Partners category!
So, who is Alexander Gilkes? He’s a 38-year-old born in London, who has both wealth and social status. His friends are Prince William and Prince Harry, as they met during studies at Eton College. It’s not just a lot of money and influence that Masha and Alex have in common — the tennis star’s new British boyfriend speaks Russian and appreciates Russian literature.
Although he’s not of an aristocratic origin, his parents are successful and influential, giving a good starting position to their two sons and teaching them social skills — Alexander’s father Jeremy Gilkes is one of UK’s leading dermatologists, while his mother Robyn Gilkes for a long time worked at the University of Oxford, Department of Russian and Eastern Europe.
Alexander became interested in art in 1997. In 2010 he founded his own auction house Paddle8, specializing in the sale of art. Princess Eugenie worked as a manager at his auctions and he describes her as a good friend, a faithful colleague and a hard-working member of the team.
In 2003, at the age of 24, Alexander met Misha Nonoo, then a 17-year-old girl, now a US-based fashion designer. They were together for 13 years, including their marriage that lasted from May 2012 to September 2016. The wedding took place in Venice, Italy, and Lana Del Rey entertained the guests, with many members of the royal family and celebrities in attendance.
Now that over a year has passed since Alexander’s divorce, we can suppose he’s ready for a new serious relationship and he couldn’t have scored better than Maria Sharapova. The couple was first spotted by paparazzi at Los Angeles’ LAX airport in late January. On March 1st, they were seen together at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills and Maria seemed to be wearing her new Nike LA Cortez shoes.
I’m glad that Maria is rekindling her love life. Let’s hope that Alexander will manage to keep up with the Russian glamazon!