Ana Ivanovic – This early picture was posted on her own website, reportedly just after she turned the legal age of eighteen. On her website, she also posted pictures from a 2005 photo shoot with photographer Stephan Schacher very artsy and quite suggestive. Ivanovic also posed for Sports Illustrated magazine’s 2010 Swimsuit Issue, echoing an earlier Anna Kournikova K-Swiss photo campaign.
This week, Tennis Now's very own Sean Bradley finishes off last week's half list with the Top 5 women tennis players to appear nude. With some appearing in posed settings and others getting caught by the papparazi, this week's women make for an interesting count down.
Steffi Graf – She was famously caught sunbathing nude in 1994, beside her father, Peter. She has had a few other public nudity slip-ups, most all taking place in the early 90’s. Recently, her husband Andre Agassi, facilitating the bidding at a Taiwanese auction, gave a peek of his naked wife to a man who bid $4,000. A little pricey for something so easily Google-able.
Serena Williams – Serena bared it all on the cover of the 2010 ESPN Body Issue, but has been no stranger to posing with little to nothing on before. 2007 saw her pose for Jane magazine, wearing nothing but a carefully placed flower. She was quoted in the magazine saying, “I’ll take off my shirt in a second – locker room girls don’t have much shame.”
Vera Zvonareva – This Russian posed for this year’s ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue, lying on a bench with blinds-filtered light pouring in, paying homage to the great photographers of the19th and 20th centuries like Alfred Steiglitz, Minor White, and Edward Weston. Isn't that tight? Zvonareva was quoted: “Somethings you want to try just once in your life.”
Ashley Harkleroad - She posed for the August 2008 cover of the most coveted naked magazine of all time, Playboy. She was the first tennis player to grace the magazine and was reportedly paid a healthy $65,000 for her appearance, which is able $40,000 more than she earned at Wimbledon in 2008, just before she released the photos. But c’mon, it’s Playboy after all!