How do you let people know you’re dating someone? Mention your new boyfriend right before you go up at a date auction! Tennis star Maria Sharapova claimed “my boyfriend will probably outbid you” before stepping on the block at the Bryan Brothers’ All-Star Tennis Weekend, and the NY Daily News claims the boyfriend in question is Charlie Ebersol, son of NBC sports chairman Dick Ebersol and Kate & Allie‘s Susan Saint James. Charlie first received media attention when he and his father survived a 2004 charter plane crash that took the lives of two crew members and Charlie’s younger brother, Edward. Since then, Charlie has become a film producer, collaborating with Ashton Kutcher on the documentary Ithuteng (Never Stop Learning).
Sadly for Sharapova, Ebersol did not wind up placing the highest bid at the auction. Instead, another man paid $10,000 for the honor of having dinner with a woman who had just announced she was spoken for. If we had money to burn, we’d take any chance we could get with her too.