Maria Sharapova gives out her phone number on Instagram and encourages fans to text her during lockdown
Former tennis star Maria Sharapova has shared her mobile number on Instagram and encouraged fans to contact her while in isolation.
In a video uploaded to Instagram, she said she had been trying to 'find a way to be in touch' with her supporters at this challenging time.
She says in the video: "Hello everyone, happy Friday whatever that is anymore. 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&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 was we're all in this separation, this physical distancing together.
"I have a number that you will be able to send a message to, and when I say message it will go directly on my phone that I'm currently holding. So text me and wait to get a response."
She also captioned the video: "Not only did I just get a 310 number( hello cool cats🌴)but I’m sharing it with you—Text me! 310-564-7981.
"For real. Tell me how you’re doing, ask me questions, or just say hello. Any great recipes welcome too."