On March 7, the Russian-born tennis champ stood before the press and admitted that she had failed a drug test, having tested positive for meldonium — a medication banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency since the beginning of 2016 that aids in blood flow and can give an edge when it comes to cardiovascular performance.
“I did fail the test and I take full responsibility for it,” said Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner said to be worth some 5 million.
I spend as little time in the locker room as I can get away with, because I’ve set up another life. And the less time I spend there, the more energy I have for them.
I’m respected for what I do on the court, and that’s much more meaningful to me than someone saying that I’m a nice girl in a locker room.
The tennis star has reportedly been linked to British millionaire Alexander Gilkes since January.
In May 2014, when golfer Rory Mc Ilroy dumped his tennis-pro fiancée Caroline Wozniacki over the phone, mere days after wedding invitations went out, Wozniacki’s most enthusiastic supporter was also an opponent.
Serena Williams became her private and public cheerleader, even telling Vogue: “Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends. ” So it was awfully telling a couple weeks ago when almost no one in tennis came to Maria Sharapova’s defense in her time of need.
Interestingly, Alexander was previously married to Misha Nonoo, the woman who is believed to be Harry and his wife Meghan's matchmaker.
He married the New York fashion designer in 2012, but they are believed to have parted ways in 2016.