Maria Sharapova seen with millionaire British boyfriend for first time as tennis star heads on Cotswolds date

MARIA SHARAPOVA showed off her millionaire boyfriend for the first time as the pair enjoyed a romantic date in the Cotswolds.

The tennis ace confirmed rumours that she is dating British partner Alexander Gilkes after the pair enjoyed walks in the countryside followed by a drink in a local pub.

 Maria Sharapova is dating British boyfriend Alexander Gilkes

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Maria Sharapova is dating British boyfriend Alexander Gilkes

The Russian, 31, was first rumoured to be dating Gilkes in early January this year but the pair have never confirmed their relationship despite frequently being snapped together.

But five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova has spent an extended period of time in the UK after her season was cut short by a right shoulder injury and has now posted with Gilkes online for the first time.

In the photos, Sharapova can be seen walking in the green Cotswolds countryside and she also posted a photo of Gilkes sat in the grass with the caption "not posing".

The millionaire businessman, co-founder and president of the Paddle8 online auction house, responded by posting a photo of Sharapova in a field with the caption "Ruski Rambler and her sheep".

 The Russian ace rumoured to start dating the Brit in January

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The Russian ace rumoured to start dating the Brit in January
 The pair enjoyed a romantic date in the Cotswolds

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The pair enjoyed a romantic date in the Cotswolds
 They enjoyed a romantic stroll in the English countryside

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They enjoyed a romantic stroll in the English countryside

Tennis star Maria Sharapova shows off her ball control before fitness session

 The pair stopped for drinks in the local pub

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The pair stopped for drinks in the local pub
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Cali doesn’t want to say goodbye to summer ☀️

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Thank you for this beautiful dress, @ralphlauren. More importantly, thank you for the uplifting, magical evening. Central Park, under the evening mist…timeless romanticism ✨ #RL50

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🌴🌴🌴 memories from #Ischia. A paper 🗺, and many 😁’s.

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Bikini-clad Maria Sharapova cools off in the sea after a hard workout at the gym

Gilkes is reportedly good friends with both Prince Harry and Prince William and his ex-wife Misha Nonoo is said to be the person who introduced Harry, 34, to wife Meghan Markle, 37.

Sharapova has enjoyed a string of romances in the past including a short relationship with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.

The fling resulted in a lawsuit from the pop star, who successfully sued a Russian publication who claimed that he'd broke things off because of criticisms about Sharapova's sexual performance.

She also dated television presenter Charlie Ebersol in 2008 and was engaged with a 6ft7 basketball player Sasha Vujacic in 2010.

MARIA SHARAPOVA showed off her millionaire boyfriend for the first time as the pair enjoyed a romantic date in the Cotswolds.