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Coronavirus: Maria Sharapova dishes out phone number to locked down fans

"Tell me how you’re doing, ask me questions, or just say hello. Any great recipes welcome too," the former world number said to fans on social media.

Former world number one and career slam holder Maria Sharapova has invited fans locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic to drop her a line during their enforced quarantine and let her know how they are faring. 

"Tell me how you’re doing, ask me questions, or just say hello. Any great recipes welcome too," Sharapova, who retired from tennis in February, said on social media, adding she would do her best to reply to everyone. 

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Sharapova asks fans to stay in touch during lock down

"I've been trying to find a way to be in touch with all of you because last week I did a really fun Q and A on a video conference with 150 of you and I left that video chat wanting more. I wanted more connection and a big part of that is beacsue we're in all this separation and physical distancing together so I want to you tell me what you think, but here's the idea: actually text me what you thnik. I have a number that I'm going to tap out on this screen and you'll be able to send a message that'll go diretly on my phone I'm holding here. So text me and wait to get a response," Sharapova said in an Instagram video. 

Underneath her message the former French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion posted a number for fans to drop her a line and ask her anything they like.