Maria Sharapova is a Russian-born professional tennis player and former WTA world number 1. At the age of 18, Sharapova reached the summit of the WTA rankings for the first time in August 2005 and has since had 4 other stints as the women’s tennis number 1. With numerous WTA singles titles to her name, 3 doubles titles, 5 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic silver medal, this Russian-born tennis star is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes of our generation.
For 11 straight years, Sharapova maintained her lead as the highest-paid female sports star on Forbes list until 2016 when she was overtaken by longtime rival Serena Williams. In addition to her sterling long-running professional career, Maria Sharapova has also made headlines owing to her off-the-court associations. The former world number one has enjoyed a relatively busy and interesting dating timeline as she has been involved in a number of high-profile relationships.
From sports stars to music stars, other celebrities, and top business executives, Maria Sharapova has never been in lack of dating options. Let us delve into the relationship history of the former tennis world number 1; a star-studded array of past boyfriends, engagements, near marriages and every other thing in between.
Relationship Timeline of Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova’s first relationship known to the public dates back to 2005 when she was reported to have had a short fling with Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine. The duo is said to have got together after the singer performed at the 18th birthday bash of the tennis star. However, the relationship didn’t last beyond a few dates and almost ended as soon as it began.
Russian-born Maria Sharapova also had a brief relationship with American TV producer and director, Charlie Ebersol. In addition to his own flourishing career, Ebersol is well-known as the son of veteran TV producer and top NBC executive, Dick Ebersol. It remains unclear when their relationship officially took off, however, the couple was seen together in public on several occasions. The duo eventually parted ways before the end of 2008.
The gorgeous blonde-haired tennis star also got together with Slovenian-born professional basketball player Sasha Vujačić in 2009. At 6 ft 2 inches tall, Sharapova was an excellent match for 6 ft 7 Vujačić and the duo were a perfect eye candy in addition to being the ultimate sports power couple. The NBA star was also very supportive of his tennis star girlfriend as he showed up at most of her games. After dating for 2 years, Sharapova and Sasha Vujačić announced their engagement in October 2011 to the delight of sports fans around the world.
However, things took a sour turn on August 31, 2012, when Sharapova revealed in an interview that they had called off the engagement. According to the tennis star, they ended the engagement in the spring of that year, however, the reason for the breakup was not revealed.
Several months after her initial engagement was cancelled, Maria Sharapova quickly got back into the dating scene. The tennis ace began dating Bulgarian-born tennis player Grigor Dimitrov in late 2012. As expected, Dimitrov is said to have caught notice of Sharapova after he watched her play during a tennis tournament. Mesmerized by her prowess on the court, the tennis hunk got Sharapova’s email from her agent and as they say, the rest is history.
After about 2 years of dating, the relationship between the tennis stars ended in July 2015. According to Dimitrov, the spilt was to enable him to give full attention to his own career.
It appears that the tennis star took a time off the dating scene after her breakup with Grigor Dimitrov as she was not known to have gotten involved with anybody for a relatively long period. This was further complicated in 2016 when she was slammed with a long ban after failing a drug test. At the expiration of the ban, the tennis powerhouse returned to the sport in 2017 with the hopes of a major comeback.
In early 2018, having effectively got her career back on track, Sharapova equally got back into the dating scene as she was linked with multi-millionaire business executive Alexander Gilkes. Gilkes is the president and co-founder of online auction house Paddle8. The relationship between the duo is said to have started in January 2018.