WATCH: When Maria Sharapova Fended Off On-Court Marriage Proposal

Published 12/18/2020, 1:00 PM EST
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Maria Sharapova of Russia poses for a portrait during previews for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul on October 21, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for WTA)

One of the most followed and desirable tennis stars of her time, Maria Sharapova continued to be the crush of many a man after bidding adieu to the game.


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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Pro Tennis Player Maria Sharapova attends Hamptons Magazine’s Celebration with Cover Star Maria Sharapova at PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine)

Maria Sharapova: A head-turner on and off court


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Admired as much for her tennis as she is for her drop-dead gorgeous looks, Sharapova was a head-turner no matter where she played.

Embodying a deadly cocktail of wit, charm and superb tennis skills, the Russian, in many ways, was the glamor face of women’s tennis.

When Sharapova broke a billion hearts

However, Sharapova broke a billion hearts when she took to Instagram to announce her engagement to British businessman and co-founder of online auction house Paddle 8 Alexander Gilkes.

She posted a mushy picture of herself with her fiance by the beach and tagged it with a message which seemed to suggest that she knew he was the one from the day they met.

“I said ‘yes’ from the first day we met. This was our little secret, wasn’t it?”  the message read.

When Maria Sharapova said ‘maybe’ to a tennis fan

For someone who fended off an on-court marriage proposal with a smile and a nod of the head, Sharapova’s announcement took her fans by surprise.


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In a moment that not many women tennis stars have faced in their playing days, an overzealous fan screamed a marriage proposal to the Russian during an exhibition tennis event in Istanbul in 2017.

Sharapova was playing Turkish tennis star Cagla Buyucakcay and was winding up to deliver a serve when the fan popped the question and the crowd erupted in amusement.

The Russian, however, saw the funny side of it and nodded her head as if to suggest that she was willing to consider the proposal.

She then responded with a ‘maybe’ before getting back to business.

Many rumored hook-ups of Sharapova

It’s understood that Sharapova and Gilkes have been dating since 2018. However, he isn’t the first man to have swept the blonde off her feet.


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The Russian tennis star has had many rumored affairs in the past. She is believed to have dated men from diverse fields of vocation – business to tennis.

Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov, basketball player Sascha Vijacici, television Charlie Ebersol and retired American tennis star Andy Roddick are among the ones she has been romantically linked to.


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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.