“I Said Yes” – Maria Sharapova Announces Engagement With Prince Harry’s Friend Alexander Gilkes

Published 12/17/2020, 12:10 PM CST
Tennis player Maria Sharapova poses for the media as she is unveiled as car manufacturer Porsche’s new brand ambassador at the Porsche Museum on April 22, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)


Former World Number one tennis player Maria Sharapova hung her tennis racquets in February this year. She announced her retirement stating, “I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis—I’m saying goodbye,” during an interview with Vogue.

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Also, she mentioned focusing on her career as an entrepreneur and devoting time to her business ventures, including the likes of her candy brand Sugerpova. Along with those endeavors, Sharapova has also decided to concentrate on her personal life.

The former tennis superstar is engaged to a British businessman, Alexander Gilkes, who’s also in close relation with Prince William and Prince Harry from England’s Royal Family. According to reports, Alexander, Prince William, and Prince Harry went to the same school.

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Maria Sharapova and Alexander Gilkes announce their betrothal on Instagram

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced their engagement on Instagram.

“I said yes from the first day we met. This was our little secret, wasn’t it,” she posted.

Following the same, 41-year-old Gilkes posted, “Thank you for making me a very very happy boy. I look forward to a lifetime of loving you, and learning from you.”

Almost a month ago, the couple was spotted dating, and they were also witnessed together in quite a few gatherings.

Know more – Maria Sharapova Reportedly Dating Prince Harry’s Friend Alexander Gilkes

As a tennis player, 33-year-old Maria Sharapova played her last professional match at the Australian Open 2020. She lost her opening round match against Donna Vekic.

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And before that, she had lost her penultimate match to qualifier Jennifer Brady in Brisbane in the opening round.

The Russian professional Sharapova’s last professional win came against Alison Riske in the first round of the Cincinnati Open in 2019.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd after victory in her second round women’s singles match against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden during day three of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, her career ended with a series of injuries and a win-less streak. Despite her shabby run on the professional circuit towards the end of her career, she will always be one of the most followed and admired athletes of all times.

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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