(BangkokPost.com) - Paradorn Srichaphan and Canadian former Miss Universe Natalie Glebova officially announced their engagement at a hotel press conference in Bangkok on Tuesday in front of an army of reporters.
"It was like in the movies," said Paradorn. "I got down on my knees and asked her to marry me and she said yes, yes, yes."
"Ever since we met I knew that he was a down-to-earth, humble person," said Glebova who added in Thai, "Chan rak pi Bonn," or "I love brother Ball." Bonn, the Thai word for "ball," is Paradon's nickname.
Paradorn told Natalie "I love you" in Russian.
The couple are expected to wed in Bangkok on Nov 28.
Paradorn, dressed in a grey suit, and Ms Glebova, in a yellow dress, appeared at the hotel, where some 300 reporters waited to cover the event.
Both Paradorn and the former beauty queen are celebrities in Thailand. Paradorn is a world-class tennis professional currently in rehab for a wrist problem, while the Canadian is a glamourous spokeswoman for a brewery.
Paradorn, 28, currently Thailand's number two tennis player because of his injury - but once the world number nine - told reporters that he proposed to Natalie on April 13, the Thai New Year, when they were on a vacation in Bali.
The ring was reportedly a three-karat diamond.
At the event, Paradorn placed a 16-karat diamond set around Ms Glebova's neck. The set was a present from Paradorn's parents to the 25-year-old Canadian beauty.
Ms Glebova's parents were also present at the press conference.