Maria Sharapova Is Officially Engaged

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Maria Sharapova announced today on Instagram that she’s officially off the market after British businessman Alexander Gilkes slid an engagement ring onto her finger. Sharapova, 33, said this was love at first sight for her.

“I said yes from the first day we met❤️This was our little secret, wasn’t it 💍🥂@gilkesa,” Sharapova, wrote.

Gilkes, 41, who is friends with Prince William, penned his very own Instagram message to his future bride. “Thank you for making me a very very happy boy. I look forward to a lifetime of loving you, and learning from you @mariasharapova #💍”.”

And with that, the famous Russian tennis pro, who retired this year, can go into wedding planning mode.

“Tennis showed me the world—and it showed me what I was made of. It’s how I tested myself and how I measured my growth,” she wrote about her retirement. “And so in whatever I might choose for my next chapter, my next mountain, I’ll still be pushing. I’ll still be climbing. I’ll still be growing.”

This will be Sharapova’s first marriage and a second trip down the aisle for Gilkes, who finalized a divorce in 2017. His relationship with Sharapova began in 2018.

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Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.

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