Five-time Grand Slam winner and former No. 1 player Maria Sharapova revealed Friday that she had given birth to a child called Theodore. Alexander Gilkes, a 42-year-old British businessman, and the 35-year-old Russian tennis player are expecting their first child together. They announced their engagement in December 2020.
Sharapova said on Instagram on Friday, “The most beautiful, demanding, and gratifying present our small family could wish for,” noting in Roman numerals that Theodore was born on July 1.
Only 10 women have won all four central singles titles at least once in their careers, including Sharapova, who announced her pregnancy in April.
At 17, Sharapova won her first major championship at Wimbledon in 2004. She went on to win the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008, and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.
In addition, she won a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics before falling to Serena Williams of America in the championship match.