RETIRED tennis ace Maria Sharapova has introduced her engagement to British millionaire Alexander Gilkes.
The pair stored their relationship quiet till the Russian beauty revealed images of a romantic trip to the Cotswolds in October 2018.
Maria Sharapova has introduced her engagement with Alexander GilkesCredit score: Instagram mariasharapova
The duo began secretly courting in 2018 earlier than going publicCredit score: Getty – Contributor
It’s believed they initially met in January earlier that 12 months however opted to maintain a low profile.
Gilkes, 41, is a millionaire businessman, co-founder and president of the Paddle8 on-line public sale home.
He’s additionally the ex-husband to Meghan Markle’s greatest buddy Misha Nonoo who helped the Duke and Duchess of Sussex get collectively.
Gilkes, who attended Eton School with Prince William and Harry, was married to Nonoo for 4 years earlier than their cut up in 2016
However he’s set to wed for a second time after popping the query to the previous world No.1.
Sharapova took to Instagram to share the information to her 4.1million followers alongside a collection of intimate photos.
Alongside the photographs she wrote: “I stated sure from the primary day we met.
“This was our little secret, wasn’t it.”
Sharapova introduced their relationship with a visit to the Cotswolds
Maria Sharapova is among the most highly-decorated tennis gamersCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Gilkes was beforehand married to Misha NonooCredit score: Getty – Contributor
Misha Nonoo is shut pals with Meghan MarkleCredit score: Getty
Gilkes would additionally break the information to his followers with the remark: “Thanks for making me a really, very completely satisfied boy.
“I sit up for a lifetime of loving you, and studying from you.”
Sharapova has been engaged previously to 6ft7 basketball participant Sasha Vujacic in 2010 however it was known as off lower than two years later.
She additionally had a brief relationship with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.
She is among the most highly-decorated tennis gamers of all-time having been a five-time Grand Slam champion.
Sharapova retired from tennis in February following a string of accidents and drop in type.