Anna Kournikova. The Russian beauty. She had worldwide fame.
She debuted at the US Open at the age of 15 in 1996. The world noticed her beauty.
Throughout her tennis career, she was OFTEN more famous for her beauty and good looks as opposed to her tennis game.
Nick Bolletieri said that Anna never developed a “killer weapon.” Nick has expressed concerns that she turned pro too quickly without developing a firm foundation for her game.
She had a sexy campaign for shock absorber bras: “Only the Ball Should Bounce” (Anna Kournikova just wearing a sports bra.
She became a sex symbol. The world knew she was good looking and the world also knew she was not that good at winning singles matches. There is some lingo in poker created by Vince Van Patten for a play called the “Anna Kournikova” to which he want on to say … “Looks great but never wins.”
She DID sign a management deal at age 10 to go and train with Nick Bollettieri. So she was good as a kid. Of course, she was not a bad looking kid either.
She was a skilled doubles player and she played well with Martina Hingis. They called themselves the “Spice Girls” of Tennis.
Kournikova is somewhat infamous (similar to Sharapova) for making more money from her modeling than her tennis. But that is business. I am sure she is laughing all the way to the bank!
Many people have said that she was good for Women’s Tennis. When Anna was playing she definitely boosted the ratings. Men were happy to watch her on television.
Now Kournikova is a celebrity forever. She has a nice thing going on with Enrique Iglesias. She can EASILY make more money if she plays in like World Team Tennis or just agrees to do exhibitions. She could probably make tons of money just with a “sexy” Instagram or a YouTube channel. She did some good for Sports Illustrated as well (I think with the Calendar).
(END OF ENTRY, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)
P.S. If you enjoy tennis stories, go on Youtube and check out David Foster Wallace with his story “How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart” (DFW Rest In Peace)