Anna Kournikova: remember the blonde Russian tennis star?

How's Anna Kournikova doing?
From Russia to the US
The tennis prodigy
Breaking age records
Off-court activities
More magazine covers than titles
Attractive, entrepreneurial young woman
Martina Hingis, her best partner
Active until 2007
Back injury
Advertizing millions
The number 1 in sponsor contracts
Enrique and Anna
From exposure to privacy
Seclusion
People were looking for Anna
A large family with Enrique Iglesias
Did they ever get married?
Happy in Miami
Family posts on Instagram
Her favorite pet
Sports with the kids
Some commercial and NGO projects
Five & Alive
A pioneer in sports marketing
A cocktail, a poker hand ... even a virus!
Example for other athletes
How's Anna Kournikova doing?

Time flies! Anna Kournikova is in her forties, but she hasn't changed much from the twenty-something who revolutionized tennis in the late 1990s.

From Russia to the US

Just to refresh your memory: Anna Kournikova was a precocious racquet talent in Moscow who emigrated to the United States when she was still a child.

The tennis prodigy

At age ten, she began training with Nick Bollettieri, who had already worked with champions like Monica Seles, Andre Agassi and Anna's compatriot Maria Sharapova.

Breaking age records

At the age of 15, Anna Kournikova reached the fourth round of the 1996 US Open. A year later she would make it to the Wimbledon semi-finals. And at age 17, the Russian tennis star had climbed to the top 10 of the WTA rankings.

Off-court activities

A photogenic and charismatic teenager, Kournikova attracted a certain frivolous press and began to appear in fashion magazines.

More magazine covers than titles

At one point in her career, she had more magazine covers (Sports Illustrated, Vogue, FHM and Maxim, for example) than Grand Slam titles.

 

Attractive, entrepreneurial young woman

In fact, some say she was so preoccupied with the frenzied media attention that the young player gradually lost some of her athletic excellence.

Martina Hingis, her best partner

Kournikova reached her best results in doubles. She won two Australian Open (1999 and 2002) and two WTA Tour Championships (1999 and 2000), together with Martina Hingis.

Active until 2007

Despite the lack of real success in the singles, Anna Kournikova continued to play until 2007.

 

Back injury

Her retirement would not be instigated by disappointing results but by a repeated back injury.

Advertizing millions

Over the course of her career, Kournikova had constantly been on magazine covers and become the face of brands like Adidas and Omega.

The number 1 in sponsor contracts

In fact, Anna Kournikova led the female tennis players when it came to sponsor contracts and earnings in advertizing.

Enrique and Anna

At the time of her retirement, the tennis player had been in a relationship with the Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias for six years. The couple had met during the filming of Iglesias' video clip 'Escape.'

From exposure to privacy

As opposed to her tennis career, where she'd been overexposed to the media, her relationship with Enrique Iglesias developed in near-secrecy.

 

Seclusion

Once she retired, the highly-publicized tennis star went into a complete seclusion.

People were looking for Anna

Anna Kournikova became the most searched athlete on Google. Apart from one guest appearance in 'Friends', the tennis star and fashion icon almost completely disappeared from the media.

A large family with Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova would have three children together. Nicholas and Lucy were born in 2017, and Mary arrived on January 30, 2020.

Did they ever get married?

The level of privacy achieved by the couple is so great that, after 20 years of relationship, the world still has no idea whether they ever got married or not.

Happy in Miami

What we do know is that the Iglesias-Kournikova family lives in a spectacular mansion with a private bay in an exclusive residential area of Miami, Florida.

Family posts on Instagram

We also know that the Russian star is active on social media. Thanks to this, we can see how great everything is going with her three beautiful children.

Her favorite pet

Her posts also show that she loves dogs. (Like Max, for example - from IG @annakournikova)

Sports with the kids

Anna Kournikova continues to be active in sports, both by herself and with her children or Enrique Iglesias.

Some commercial and NGO projects

At the same time, and despite being retired for more than 14 years, Anna Kournikova is an ambassador of the sportswear brand K-Swiss and the 'Five & Alive' foundation.

Five & Alive

The foundation addresses health issues of children younger than five years.

A pioneer in sports marketing

Regardless of her achievements as a tennis player, Anna Kournikova's legacy can be measured at the sports marketing level.

A cocktail, a poker hand ... even a virus!

The impact of Anna Kournikova was so great that a cocktail was named after her (a White Russian with skimmed milk instead of cream). There was also a video game, a computer virus, and a winning hand of poker (the Ace-King hand) named after the Russian tennis player.

Example for other athletes

David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka have in the former tennis player an example of well-managed sports branding.

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