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Maria Sharapova gets engaged with Alexander Gilkes: ‘Our Little Secret’

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The 33-year-old five-time Major champion Maria Sharapova has said yes forever! Sharapova has announced she and Alexander Gilkes are now engaged, planning to crown their love with marriage. Sharapova revealed her relationship with a British businessman in October 2018.

They will now take the next step, almost a year after the Russian had ended her career at the Australian Open. Sharapova traveled to Bollettieri Academy when she was nine, working on her game and becoming one of the world’s most tremendous talents.

Maria claimed three back-to-back ITF titles in 2002, finishing the season inside the top-200 and cracking the top-50 a year later following two WTA titles! Marching towards the top, a teenage sensation claimed the Wimbledon crown in 2004 at 17, writing history books and adding four more Major trophies to her tally.

For the next 12 years, Sharapova had remained one of the world’s best players before everything went down for her following that 18-month suspension. Maria made a solid comeback in the spring of 2017 but could never reach her A-game again, struggling with injuries and lifting only one WTA trophy after Rome 2015.

In her last notable season, Sharapova finished 2018 inside the top-30, struggling with injuries and competing at only eight events in 2019. The five-time Major champion was the quarter-finalist in Shenzhen, followed by the fourth-round loss to Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open that gave her confidence ahead of the upcoming tournaments.

Nonetheless, those Melbourne victories proved to be the last back-to-back wins for the Russian, who withdrew from St. Petersburg and stayed sidelined until Mallorca in June with ongoing shoulder problems.

Maria Sharapova is engaged to Alexander Gilkes.
Sharapova scored only two wins in the season’s last five tournaments, suffering that massive loss against Serena Williams in New York and finishing the year after that encounter, unable to compete in Linz or Luxembourg.

Rested and confident, Maria defeated Ajla Tomljanovic at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in December, hoping for more of the same in 2020 but ending her career after losses to Jennifer Brady and Donna Vekic in Brisbane and the Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova became world no. 1 in August 2005 and won 36 WTA titles from 59 finals. “In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me life, and I’ll miss it every day. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day.

I’ll miss my team and my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench,” Maria Sharapova said on her retirement.

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WATCH : Andre Agassi revealed a shocking information on what makes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal special

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WATCH : Andre Agassi speaks on what makes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal so special

Andre Agassi the former World No. 1 from USA was part of one of the most fiercest rivalry in tennis which he had with fellow countryman Pete Sampras.

Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras met each other 34 times on the court in which Pete emerged victorious 20 times and Agassi 14 times. Both the Americans were always in battle for the top rankings and dominated the entire tennis of 90s. While Sampras won 14 Grand Slams, Agassi won 8 but won all the 4 Grand Slams which Pete couldn’t do as his best run at French Open was till the semis.

Tennis fans were lucky as they did not have to wait for much long post the conclusion of the Agassi-Sampras rivalry as a new rivalry had already started which produced matches of highest level. Swiss Maestro Roger Federer and King of Clay Rafael Nadal had started showing colours of what they were going to do in the coming years on the tour.

Andre Agassi recently appeared as a guest on ‘The Ranveer Show’ an interview hosted by Ranveer Allahbadia on YouTube in which Agassi talked about his auto-biography ‘Open’, The Big 3 of tennis, his learnings from his wife Steffi Graf, Federer-Nadal rivalry and various other things.

Answering a question on what makes Federer and Nadal so special, Agassi explained how every top player brings something special to the game that nobody has ever seen before giving the examples of Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, himself and others,

“When you saw Pete come in, nobody had a serve like him before. It was just remarkable. Everybody had to deal with it. Mine was ball striking, taking the ball early on both sides. Nobody played that way when I came in the game so.” said Agassi.

“When you look at Fed for example, I played him in the finals of the 2005 US Open and there was no safe place on the court. He probably had the best forehand in the world. When he played (Andy) Roddick, he aced Roddick more than Roddick aced him.”

“Then Rafa comes along and brings such enormous spin to the game that it actually changes the rules of engagement.

“Great players always do something that nobody else does” says Andre Agassi

Talking about the things Federer and Nadal changed, Andre Agassi said, “His (Federer) movement was a joke, his hands at net were a joke, his versatility was a joke. He might have had 5 things individually better than everybody on the tour. It’s hard to beat that guy.”

“You have two things with Rafa that clearly stand out to me, because he can hit the ball and it does not inward bounces, that changes position in the court where you can play and off-sets a lot of others. His power of movement, his strength and endurance and physicality is kind of unmatched.

“When you look at all these great players they always do something that nobody else does and that’s what gives them the chance to sit at No. 1 for a period of time.”

Agassi was part of some of the biggest rivalries during his 2-decade long career and like all other tennis fans considers himself lucky enough to witness the great Federer-Nadal rivalry.

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Rafael Nadal reveals what he did after wedding with longtime girlfriend

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In a press conference in Paris on Sunday Rafael Nadal was asked what he did after his wedding with his longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello on Saturday October 19. The Spaniard said: “I played a charity exhibition in Kazakhstan for my foundation.

Novak came to Kazakhstan to play for my foundation. So that was — I can’t thank him enough. So have been great feelings. But obviously after the wedding I have the Sunday off. And then Monday, Tuesday, practice; Wednesday, flying to Kazakhstan; and Thursday late night here.

I take my weeks off during the season, and we decided that well. And in the world of tennis, you have to find your priorities, and we decided the way that we wanted to do. We take our time off before the wedding, and now is the moment to be back on the tour.”

On his schedule looking to the next weeks, Nadal concluded: “My program, everybody knows, is here, London, and Madrid. But as always, depends on how I feel.” Meanwhile the defending champion Karen Khachanov said: “It’s great to be back in this place, everything has started at a top level.

It was like a turning point when you beat four top ten players winning my maiden Masters 1000. It’s been one year, it looks like yesterday, it goes fast, a lot of things happen, it’s a long journey and this year at the beginning it was not so great but overall it was a good and positive season. You always expect something bigger than yourself but it could be worse and it’s about improvement.”

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Roger Federer: ‘I was wearing scarf, hat in order not to get recognized’

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Roger Federer rarely shows up in Swiss public streets in Zurich where he lives. Last month the Swiss player had a photoshoot with Mercedes-Benz on the street and fans were watching him around taking also photos with Federer, who appreciates their support a lot.

‘Here almost everyone knows who I am but they are always calm’, the Swiss said in a recent press conference. ‘There was a time of my life when I tried not to make myself get recognized from other people. I went to the supermarket wearing sunglasses, hat, scarf.

Almost like it happens in movies! It was a short time to be honest because I was not that comfortable with it.’ The writer David Foster Wallace described seeing Federer as a “religious experience”. Can it be stressful? ‘Obviously.

Especially because I am aware that it will last until I am able to win. One day even my figure will not be so much at the centre of attention.’ Is he worried by it? ‘No. I worked with Stefan Edberg and he was my idol since I was a kid.

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