The bright career of Maria Sharapova is known not only for sports victories and the scandal with meldonium.
On February 26, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova officially announced that she was completing her career. In Sharapova’s magnificent career, there was everything - loud victories, and an unsuccessful series with Serena Williams, and doping. But a separate place in her biography is occupied by men and affairs with them.
Relations connected Maria Sharapova with many famous men. Musician Adam Levine, basketball player Sasha Vujacic, tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and millionaire Alexander Gilkes. However, until now, the Russian woman has not married and she has no children. Perhaps the desire to arrange a personal life was the reason for the completion of a career. Each time, Sharapova preferred not to take the secret into public space. We recall the vivid relationship of Maria Sharapova
Juan Carlos Ferrero, tennis player
Juan Carlos Ferrero. AFP photo
In 2004, Sharapova, who had already made a big statement about herself and won Wimbledon, “fell in love” with Spanish tennis player Juan Carlos Ferrero.
That love can be called a teenage romance. Maria was 16, and Juan Carlos 23. The Russian woman went to all the parties where the Spaniard was, attended all his games.
“In the spring of 2004, I went to Europe to prepare for the dirt season. Several other professional players trained there, including Ferrero himself. In the few weeks that I saw him train, walk back and forth, talk with people and hold on to how to remove hair from his face, I fell in love with my ears, ”Sharapova said later. However, the athlete's dreams did not come true - Ferrero soon married his school friend, and Sharapova suffered from unrequited love.
“In 2004, Ferrero was 23, and I was 16. In most countries, this is even illegal. But you cannot command the heart. I followed him, made plans. She hid behind the curtain at the window of her cottage and spied on his every movement. And I had one big problem. Juan Carlos had a girlfriend! Maybe she was wonderful, but how could I perceive her differently than an obstacle to my happiness? As soon as I saw them together, so cute, I realized that I was just a stupid child in love, ”Sharapova recalled in her memoirs.
Andy Roddick, tennis player
Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova. Photo by Reuters
By 2005, Maria Sharapova had already become a world star. And her cries on the court became popular all over the world.
At the ESPY Awards 2005, the Russian woman appeared in company with the American tennis player Andy Roddick, who at that time was one of the strongest in the world and fought with Roger Federer.
True, the relations between the young people were of some kind of conspiratorial nature. Masha and Andy met secretly, without publicity. Sometimes you could see Roddick carrying the Sharapova bags from the store. But officially, the couple did not appear anywhere. It was rumored that Roddick was afraid of the law: at that time, the Russian woman was 18 years old. And according to American law, the connection with her an adult man was considered not only a violation of generally accepted morality.
Be that as it may, when Sharapova was 19 years old, she realized that feelings for Roddick had cooled and the couple broke up.
Adam Levine, lead singer of the pop rock band Maroon 5
Maria Sharapova and Adam Levine.
The couple was first seen in 2005, after the end of the romance with Roddick. These relations can safely be called a mistake of youth. Maria and Adam did not meet for more than six months, and in 2007 Levine published an interview in a Moscow expat magazine, stating that Sharapova “acted like a dead frog in bed”. The editors then claimed that the interview was invented from beginning to end, that it was one of the varieties of satire. However, the scandal could no longer be stopped. And Levine had a reputation as a man who changed girls like gloves. In 2012, Levine called Sharapova and apologized for his behavior.
Charlie Ebersol, son of billionaire
Charlie Ebersol and Maria Sharapova. Photo by Reuters
Athletes, and just beautiful girls, often meet very wealthy people. In 2008, this fate did not pass over Sharapova. There were reports of a romance between Maria and NBC channel producer Charlie Ebersol, the son of billionaire Dick Ebersol.
Ebersol really liked the father of Sharapova Yuri. The family wanted Maria to marry a wealthy American. They began to constantly see the couple at various charity evenings and basketball ... But nothing came of it. Moreover, according to some rumors, Ebersol introduced Sharapova with the basketball player Sasha Vujacic, with whom she later had a stormy romance. In 2015, Ebersol dated pop star Britney Spears.
Sasha Vujacic, basketball player
Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic. AFP photo
The first long-term and serious relationship of Sharapova. Her lover was the Slovenian basketball player Los Angeles Lakers Sasha Vujacic. In 2009, they started dating, and in 2011 he proposed to Maria. Sharapova told how they will build a family together, however, on August 31, 2012, Maria said that they broke up at the very beginning of the year. Rumor has it that the basketball player was envious of the fame of Sharapova. She was much more popular than him, let alone income.
“We rarely talked about income and fame and tried not to discuss that in the tennis world I was much more successful than he was in the basketball world,” Sharapova wrote in her autobiography.
Grigor Dimitrov, tennis player
Grigor Dimitrov. Photo AFP
Sharapova was not alone for long - by the end of 2012, the Russian woman began to meet with her colleague - Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. Everyone knew this athlete in the world as a real womanizer. He was ready to hit behind every skirt. However, by this time, Sharapova had already had a wealth of experience in dealing with men. The affair with Dimitrov lasted for three whole years, but during this time the couple appeared in the spotlight many times.
What is the romantic act of Dimitrov. When Sharapova played at a tournament in Stuttgart, he sent her a bouquet of 500 red roses. Maria just flew around the court. There were scandalous moments.
Before the affair with Sharapova, Dimitrov met with her main rival - Serena Williams. After this, the relationship of the two tennis players deteriorated completely.
“If she wants to meet a guy who has a black heart, then go ahead,” said Serena, who was clearly unpleasant that her former boyfriend had gone to her most implacable rival. Be that as it may, Maria and Grigor broke up in 2015.
“I give men a chance, trust them until they themselves show whether they are good or bad. Otherwise, nothing will work out at all. I’m neither clairvoyant nor telepathic. A person’s motives can only be seen from actions, over time, ”Sharapova said then.
Alexander Gilkes, businessman
After another unsuccessful affair, Sharapova began to hide her personal life in every possible way. There was still a doping story with meldonium and it was not at all before that. The first time they were photographed together at the Los Angeles airport in January 2018. Then Maria for the first time posted a joint photo.
The 38-year-old millionaire is well brought up - in the best traditions of the British style. Gilkes is considered one of Britain's most enviable suitors, enters the royal family and is close friends with princes William and Harry. But he won the heart of Sharapova not only by this: it turns out that Alexander knows Russian well and speaks Masha in her native language.
According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, the desire to learn Russian was transmitted to Gilkes from parents. His mother, Robin, worked for many years at the University of Oxford in the Department of Russian and Eastern European Studies. Alexander's fortune is estimated at several tens of millions of pounds.
If Sharapova did not advertise relations with a British businessman on her social networks, then the paparazzi constantly caught a couple.
Maria Sharapova and Alexander Gilkes.
At the very beginning of 2020, Maria posted a video on Instagram, in which she was seen with a diamond ring on the ring finger. It is possible that Gilkes proposed to the athlete.
One can only guess - the wedding, poor results on the court or pregnancy became the reason for the completion of Sharapova’s career. We would like to wish her good luck and that her romantic path, finally, become happy.