Bombshell: Maria Sharapova is engaged to long-time boyfriend Alexander Gilkes! Congratulations!
The Russian tennis star shared a series of love photos with caption: “I said yes from the first day we met. This was our little secret, wasn’t it.”
Her fiancé also shared a romantic black-and-white photo, saying: “Thank you for making me a very very happy boy. I look forward to a lifetime of loving you, and learning from you.” He’s right, there’s definitely a lot to learn from Masha!
The couple started dating publicly in 2018. Previously, Sharapova was engaged to Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic (they broke off the engagement in 2012 after about three years of dating), and then she dated ATP player Grigor Dimitrov between 2012 and 2015. Gilkes was married to fashion designer Misha Nonoo (they were together for 13 years, including their marriage that lasted from 2012 to 2016/2017).
Alexander Gilkes is a 41-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. Gilkes is co-founder and president of Paddle8, an online auction house selling works of art and collectibles. The WTA player’s future husband speaks Russian and appreciates Russian literature.