Maria Sharapova’s first child Theodore was born

Maria Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1, announced on Friday that she had given birth to a baby boy named Theodore.

He is the first child for the 35-year-old Russian tennis star and 42-year-old British businessman Alexander Gilks, who announced their engagement in December 2020.

“The most beautiful, complex and rewarding gift our little family could ever dream of,” Sharapova wrote on Instagram on Friday, indicating in Roman numerals that Theodore was born on July 1st.

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Sharapova, who revealed she was pregnant in April, is one of 10 women to complete a career Grand Slam title with all four major singles crowns At least once.

In 2004, Sharapova won her first major title at Wimbledon at the age of 17 and went on to capture crowns at the 2006 US Open, 2008 Australian Open and 2012 and 2014 French Open.

She also won a silver medal in London 2012 Olympic Gameslosing in the final to American Serena Williams.