Anna Kournikova was one of the first notable athletes to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Back in 2004, the female tennis star posed for the iconic magazine issue. Kournikova, now 40, was near the peak of her fame when she posed for the magazine.
Kournikova, a native of Russia, had made the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1997 and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2001. She was a top 15-20 player in the world at the time of the magazine shoot.
Kournikova was previously featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as well. She looked back on her time with the magazine in a throwback Instagram post.
Kournikova is one of several athletes to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine.
Alex Morgan, Genie Bouchard, Lindsey Vonn, Paige Spiranac and Maria Sharapova, among others, have all posed for the magazine.
The 2021 issue features a notable tennis star, as well. Naomi Osaka was featured on the cover of this year’s issue.
Photos from the 2021 edition of the magazine can be seen online here.
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