Former world tennis No. 1 Maria Sharapova has become a mother

Maria Sharapova announced the birth of her first child, a little boy named Theodore born on July 1, said the former Russian tennis champion on Friday on her Instagram account.

The most beautiful, stimulating and rewarding gift our little family could ask for “, she writes in the caption of a photograph where she poses with her companion, their eyes plunged on the newborn who appears in profile at the bottom of the frame.

At 35, Maria Sharapova, who retired from sports in February 2020, prefaces her message with the simple mention “Theodore” followed by the date of July 1, 2022 in Roman numerals. The world No.1 in 2005, won 36 tournaments during her prolific career, including five Grand Slams: Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and Roland-Garros in 2012 and 2014. Sharapova has been engaged since December 2020 to British businessman Alexander Gilkes.

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