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Jan 6th, 2005, 04:37 PM
Here's pics of Anna at a charity event -


Jan 7th, 2005, 08:21 AM
looking good Anna :kiss:

Jan 7th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Anna and Enrique were just in St. Barts.
I have a feeling Anna is going to be in the news tomorrow.
There are pictures of her that are very revealing.

Jan 8th, 2005, 05:50 PM
Here's Anna in St. Barts -

the cat
Jan 22nd, 2005, 03:11 PM
Anna was at the Heat/Paces NBA game in Miami friday night. Too bad she isn't in the heat in Australia. And after seeing Anna play pretty well against Venus Williams in their recent exhibition match that's where she should be.

Jan 24th, 2005, 05:15 PM
Anna will play in a charity exhibition on January 31 in Houston.
They are raising money for the Tsunami victims.

Jan 24th, 2005, 06:19 PM
Anna was at the Heat/Paces NBA game in Miami friday night. Too bad she isn't in the heat in Australia. And after seeing Anna play pretty well against Venus Williams in their recent exhibition match that's where she should be.
Anna is not coming back to tennis. If she was going to do so, she would have already come back or made specific plans to come back. I think she got burned out with tennis and then got interested in other things. That's cool. I just wish she would be honest enough to say that to her fans.

At this point, the only people who truly believe that Anna is coming back are the fans who keep trying to convince themselves that since she has not officially retired, then she is still coming back. Well, Mary Jo Fernandez never officially retired; she just quit playing. I think Anna is doing pretty much the same thing.

BTW, I've heard rumors that Anna has been taking acting lessons for the last couple of months.

Jan 24th, 2005, 06:19 PM
Anna will play in a charity exhibition on January 31 in Houston.
They are raising money for the Tsunami victims.
Glad to hear that she is doing that. Who is her opponent?

Jan 24th, 2005, 06:24 PM
I'm not sure who she plays, probably doubles -


Larry David
Jan 26th, 2005, 12:01 AM
Anna is not coming back to tennis. If she was going to do so, she would have already come back or made specific plans to come back. I think she got burned out with tennis and then got interested in other things. That's cool. I just wish she would be honest enough to say that to her fans.

At this point, the only people who truly believe that Anna is coming back are the fans who keep trying to convince themselves that since she has not officially retired, then she is still coming back. Well, Mary Jo Fernandez never officially retired; she just quit playing. I think Anna is doing pretty much the same thing.

BTW, I've heard rumors that Anna has been taking acting lessons for the last couple of months.

I also heard that rumor, and on Anna's official board it was mentioned that she smokes cigarettes now. I don't know if its true or not but those people on that board are some pretty serious stalkers.. no offense to anyone on that board.

Jan 26th, 2005, 02:46 PM
Wertheim said Anna smoked, in his book, which was about the 2000 season.
It's a bad habit. She should stop it for her own health.

As I watch the AO in that heat, I can't imagine Anna coming back to do that. It's hard work.

But she can come back and play doubles. Maybe with Hingis. Maybe with Lena L.

Jan 27th, 2005, 02:56 PM
Anna and Enrique in Miami, on January 23rd, 2005 -


Jan 27th, 2005, 04:19 PM
Another - http://img185.exs.cx/img185/5175/027de.jpg

Jan 30th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Here's a long article about Anna, who is playing an exo in Houston tomorrow -


Jan 31st, 2005, 05:57 PM
That article says Anna is playing 5 days a week, and hasn't retired.
At least play some doubles. You have Hingis, Lena L. - so many choices.

Feb 1st, 2005, 03:54 PM
Anna and Enrique, from US Weekly -


Feb 2nd, 2005, 03:21 PM
I read that Enrique signed a deal for a perfume, with Tommy Hilfiger.
That's Estee Lauder, a pretty big company.
Anna, where's your perfume?

the cat
Feb 2nd, 2005, 03:45 PM
How is Tommy Hilfiger Estee Lauder? :confused: And if Anna was playing tour tennis she might have her own perfume line.

Feb 2nd, 2005, 03:49 PM
Hilfiger fragrance is Estee Lauder.

Feb 2nd, 2005, 04:15 PM
Pics from the charity event -


Feb 5th, 2005, 04:34 PM
Anna shopping in L.A. on January 27th -


the cat
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:22 PM
Anna must be running out of shopping money by now. Maybe she should play some WTA Tour doubles and see how she likes that. A doubles match between the teams of Kournikova and Hingis versus Navratilova and Hantuchova would be wonderful for tennis fans! :tennis: :D And I think tournament promoters might even offer financial guarantees to these players if they play doubles at their tournaments.

Feb 6th, 2005, 04:41 PM
Anna should go the Academy Awards. It seems like Enrique avoids most award shows, but Anna should go.
That's what being a celebrity is for. Going to the Oscars.
If Enrique won't take you, call someone else. Like Matt Damon, or Mark Wahlberg.

Feb 6th, 2005, 04:52 PM
Anna shopping in L.A. on January 27th -


Does not look like Anna to me.. Too pale..

Feb 6th, 2005, 04:57 PM
I don't recognize the car. But it looks like Anna to me.

Feb 6th, 2005, 05:01 PM
I don't recognize the car. But it looks like Anna to me.

You know all her cars? :lol: And .. Anna with no bodyguards driving by herself? Hard to believe..

Feb 6th, 2005, 05:07 PM
I know about the red porsche and the black Escalade SUV.
If Anna has more cars, she's out of control :D

Feb 8th, 2005, 04:43 PM
Anna has a psycho fan -


Feb 10th, 2005, 02:16 PM
This nut who stalked Anna has a violent past. Anna will have to increase her security.
You have to be careful in life.


Feb 11th, 2005, 02:28 PM
I read that Enrique is singing at the Academy Awards. I want to see you on the red carpet.
And wear something that makes the best dressed list.

Feb 13th, 2005, 07:40 PM
On Thursday February 17, E! is showing Anna's THS at 9 PM.
Then the Houston charity event last week that Anna was at with former president Bush and Dr. Phil, at 10 PM.

Feb 15th, 2005, 03:12 PM
According to the Anna board, Enrique will not be performing at the Academy Awards, so Anna will not be there.

Feb 17th, 2005, 03:48 PM
In the U.S., Anna's True Hollywood Story will be on E! tonight at 9.
Then at 10, that Houston charity for Tsunami relief will be on E!.

Feb 22nd, 2005, 03:09 PM
Enrique is going to be on Oprah's show today. I doubt there will be any exclusives.
Anna seems to be friends with Jim Courier. Also with Paris Hilton.

Feb 23rd, 2005, 02:39 PM
Enrique said they aren't married. He also talked about his vacation with Oprah.
Anna and Enrique were on one yacht, Oprah on another, and John Travolta on another.
All next to each other. :cool:

Feb 24th, 2005, 02:35 PM
Anna was in court yesterday, and it was a part of a lot of news shows.
I hope that's the last time she has to do that.
I also hope she's at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Mar 7th, 2005, 07:20 PM
Anna was in Paris for fashion week -

Mar 9th, 2005, 02:42 PM
Anna is going to be a guest host on the View.


Just let them talk, let them finish.
They're pros at this kind of format.
They'll go to you, and then say something complimentary.
Don't be negative or controversial. It doesn't come across good.
Be nice to everyone, and don't interrupt them. They'll come to you.

And you should do the Tony Danza show. He kisses every guest's butt, and he's a former athlete, a boxer.

Mar 10th, 2005, 05:05 PM
Another article about Anna on The View -


Mar 15th, 2005, 07:17 PM
Anna came in 4th in this contest, behind Pam Anderson, Cameron Diaz, and Heather Locklear -


Mar 16th, 2005, 04:27 PM
Anna was chosen the #1 celebrity who looks even better in High-Definition TV.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was 2nd. Charlize Theron was 3rd -


Mar 17th, 2005, 02:47 PM
Anna To Appear In Miami Clinic On Monday
By Tennis Week

Anna Kournikova will hit the court in Miami on Monday. The Miami resident will headline the adidas Tennis Jamboree, a clinic conducted by pros for Miami-area middle school kids. The adidas Tennis Jamboree is set for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday at the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center at Miami's Moore Park, 765 NW 36th Street.

The adidas Tennis Jamboree provides young players the opportunity to refine their tennis skills in clinics taught by some of the top adidas pros. The event includes demonstrations, drills, games, a variety of contests, great prizes and a question and answer session with Kournikova, the 1998 Miami runner-up to Venus Williams.

Mar 17th, 2005, 02:54 PM
Anna, enter the doubles draw in Miami.

Mar 18th, 2005, 03:27 PM
Someone on Anna's message board said Anna will be on The View on March 30.
But they didn't have an article, so I'm not sure.

Grand Phantasm
Mar 18th, 2005, 08:20 PM
I wish Anna still played it was fun watching her pity she isn't still around. I wish she would come back!!

Mar 18th, 2005, 08:24 PM
Hey molikfan , :wavey:

Grand Phantasm
Mar 18th, 2005, 08:43 PM

Mar 21st, 2005, 04:41 PM
I went to Getty
Images, and there are pictures of Anna at the Sky Bar in South Beach, Miami, from 3/16.

Mar 22nd, 2005, 07:48 PM
Anna settled the house situation with her parents.
She met 400 kids at Key Biscayne at an Adidas kids day.

Mar 30th, 2005, 04:47 PM
Anna is playing WTT this summer, with Lena L. -


Mar 30th, 2005, 04:58 PM
You know.. I don't really care.. I want a comeback and nothing else.. If she can't do that .. I am no longer interested in anything else.. Anna as a person or Anna's offcourt life was never of any interest to me.. I do not know Anna as a person. I appreciated Anna who at her best was the most elegant tennis player that I've ever seen.

Mar 30th, 2005, 05:00 PM
It's been 2 full years since she played.
I think Anna wants to explore life, after 5 hours of tennis and fitness drills every day for 15 years.

Mar 30th, 2005, 05:27 PM
It's been 2 full years since she played.
I think Anna wants to explore life, after 5 hours of tennis and fitness drills every day for 15 years.

Good luck to her then.. But, frankly, I won't really be interested to know how she is doing..

Mar 30th, 2005, 05:39 PM
It's possible Anna will try it again.
I taped her in her WTT doubles matches last summer. She wasn't serving hard.
If her back isn't ready for full effort, it's not worth the risk to come back.

Apr 7th, 2005, 03:08 PM
Anna will be on The View in 2 weeks -


Apr 7th, 2005, 03:12 PM
I posted new pics of Anna in her theard!

Apr 7th, 2005, 03:17 PM
Anna will be on The View in 2 weeks -

http://realitytvworld.com/index/articles/story.php?s=3387I have to give Anna some advice :D
Don't insult those old women :lol:
Then everything will be fine :cool:

Apr 11th, 2005, 03:31 PM
I'm looking forward to Thursday and Friday


Apr 13th, 2005, 06:07 PM
Barbara Walters said tennis star Anna Kournikova is tomorrow's guest co-host.
She's around 90 :lol:

Anna is #1, in all of sports -


Apr 14th, 2005, 04:20 PM
I think she'll do a good job!

Apr 26th, 2005, 01:43 PM
I watched a biography show about Anna on Aussie Fox Sports channel earlier.
It was quite interesting...a good reminder of how talented the young Anna was :)
She was on the show talking about her growing up and relations with her mother and others as well as what she thought about people saying she didnt have much time for tennis. Nick Bolletieri and Pam Shriver as well as an earlier coach of Anna's were also talking in length about her and what they thought were reasons for her short career.

Apr 27th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Anna will be in San Diego on Friday to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game.
How about going to San Diego in July? Bring your rackets.

May 3rd, 2005, 04:43 PM
Anna will be in Manhattan on Saturday, May 7, at the opening of an Adidas store -


the cat
May 8th, 2005, 05:34 PM
There is a nice article about Anna in today's New York Post. The article is titled "Anna Does Launch" and is located at http://nypost.com/news/regionalnews/43690.htm

I'm surprised I posted this before GL did. ;)

There is a picture of Anna and boxer Laila Ali accompaning the article and they both look great! :D :hearts: :kiss: But Anna looks so tiny comapared to the magnificent and massive Laila and wouldn't last 1 round with Ali. :boxing: :smash: ;) Anna and Laila should do an Adidas commercial together where Anna signs a contract to fight Laila :eek: but signs Maria Sharapova's name instead because Masha likes boxing so much. :devil: ;) That would be an eye opening commerical for Adidas and that's what they need. :cool:

May 8th, 2005, 05:39 PM
I just saw that on Anna's site, and I was going to post it.
Here are some other pics -


the cat
May 8th, 2005, 05:45 PM
Thanks for the great Anna photos GL. :D But did you notice they spelled Jeremy Shockey's name wrong (Shocker)? ;)

May 8th, 2005, 05:46 PM
I didn't know Anna was hanging around NYC. She should let me know that.

the cat
May 8th, 2005, 06:03 PM
Anna would probably like you to be a part of her team. GL, she could really use you and your input. :)

May 8th, 2005, 06:05 PM
That was some scene in Manhattan. Adidas has to be happy with the attention Anna is bringing them.
And it was an all Adidas final in Berlin.

the cat
May 8th, 2005, 07:48 PM
GL, you've always got your mind on the business side of tennis. ;) You better be good in business someday.

And yes Anna helped bring international attention to the new New York City Adidas store that the other athletes there could not. Well done Anna. Her name still means something. But it's too bad she hasn't gotten the desire back to make a comeback.

May 13th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Anna is going to be writing a column for Elle magazine. She talks about it in the June issue.
And on http://buzz.yahoo.com/sports
Anna is #1 again.

May 14th, 2005, 02:26 PM
Anna in Elle magazine -


the cat
May 15th, 2005, 05:51 PM
Thanks for the artcile GL. But reading it makes me realize I miss Anna so much. :bigcry: Those foot fractures led to her back injury whcih led to her unofficial retirement from the WTA Tour. :(

On a side note I think Anna looks good but she also looks thinner than anytime I can remember. I bet she's lost 10 pounds or so from her playing days. I suppose she will still play WTT and exhos but that can't make up for her not playing on the WTA Tour.

May 16th, 2005, 04:15 AM
?Thanks GL for the articles :)

May 16th, 2005, 02:31 PM
Here's Anna's Cadillac :hearts: Escalade :D EXT:drool: -


the cat
May 16th, 2005, 02:39 PM
Nice car. GL, maybe Anna will take you and Masha shopping in it. ;)

May 16th, 2005, 02:46 PM
I prefer the red Porsche :banana: :drive:
Maria and her dad can take a cab :lol:

the cat
May 16th, 2005, 02:52 PM
You always have to invoke Yuri with Maria. :rolleyes: Maybe he and Max won't be there.

May 16th, 2005, 02:56 PM
You always have to invoke Yuri with Maria. :rolleyes: Maybe he and Max won't be there.One of them is always there.

the cat
May 16th, 2005, 03:17 PM
True. I guess Max doesn't have any other clients. ;)

May 16th, 2005, 03:19 PM
None who are going to make him money.
Eisenbud is a businessman, not a family friend.
But he pretends to be a family friend, because it makes him more successful as a businessman.

May 16th, 2005, 04:39 PM
Anna is playing an exhibition in Florida on Saturday -


May 16th, 2005, 05:17 PM
Anna is playing an exhibition in Florida on Saturday -

Great to see her playing the exhibiton. As well great line-up of the veteran players.

the cat
May 16th, 2005, 06:15 PM
GL, you don't think Max loves Maria?

I guess Anna is happy playing exhos and WTT. :)

May 16th, 2005, 06:20 PM
GL, you don't think Max loves Maria? I think if Maria had less ability, Max would want to be assigned by IMG to someone else.

the cat
May 16th, 2005, 06:58 PM
I guess that's a no.

May 17th, 2005, 06:25 PM
Anna is still training -


May 19th, 2005, 05:44 PM
In North Carolina, U.S., they are building a tennis court for Anna to play an exhibition -


May 24th, 2005, 05:04 PM
Pics from the Mercedes Benz Classic on Saturday May 21 -


Jun 1st, 2005, 06:30 PM
Anna-mania takes over at Racefest

By Mark Stein
mstein@independenttribune.com (mstein@independenttribune.com)
Sunday, May 29, 2005

CONCORD - Renowned tennis guru Nick Bollettieri was doing what he always did - working with youngsters at his academy in Bradenton, Fla. - when something out of the ordinary happened one day.

“I was out on the court and I believe Serena and Venus Williams were there ... and Tommy Haas,” he recalled. “It was 9 o’clock and this girl comes out and interrupts a match.

“She said ‘I’m Anna Kournikova and I’m ready to play.’ That’s how she arrived.”

Bollettieri, who has tutored and taught the game to some of tennis’ top stars, decided to offer the then 9-year-old - who had only a few months earlier moved to the United States from Russia - a coveted spot at his training facility.

“That’s the kind of excitement she brought to the game,” said Bollettieri.

It was a grand entrance, to say the least. And it certainly left a lasting impression on Bollettieri.

So, when he was contemplating who he could bring in to add some sizzle to his latest venture, Kournikova’s name immediately popped into his mind.

“I wanted to make sure we started out with a bang,” Bollettieri said to an overflow crowd at the Preserve at Greyson, a tennis stadium located across from Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

“I thought about a lot of names. And even though the French Open is going on, this young lady flew all night to be here and she’s set to be a part of the Greyson project today by starting it off with a big bang.”

As she did in her initial meeting with Bollettieri, and for much of her career, she didn’t disappoint.

Kournikova, who flew from Paris to Miami on Friday night, and then into Charlotte early Saturday morning, was the key attraction in a local group’s plan to build a 580,000-square foot multi-sport facility on 1,200 acres next to the speedway.

“Yeah, I’ve been here, but it was a while ago,” said Kournikova, whose Racefest appearance was highlighted by a exhibition match with NASCAR drivers Elliott Sadler and Jamie McMurray, a picture and autograph session with fans and an hour-long stint hitting balls with children.

“I’m just so excited to be here,” she said. “I’m here because I’m supporting Nick. His visions are always incredible. It promotes fitness and health and sports and tennis especially.

“So, I’m really grateful for people in this world like Nick. He’s done so much for me and for so many people. All the kids that went to the academy, it just creates and supports our youth and gives a certain lifestyle that promotes health and teaches you so many things.

“That’s what the academy gave me and I’m just glad that Nick is going around the country and, you know, trying to help out other people. So I’m just here to really support that and sports and tennis.”

Along with two golf courses, a driving range, a spa and fitness center and swim facilities, the proposed Greyson Sports Village will also include somewhere around 50 to 60 tennis courts.

Bollettieri said 20 of those will be covered and that all the facilities would have everything to promote physical activity.

“It’s very important that all of you understand what this project is all about,” he said. “It’s about family togetherness and having fun and physical activity. That’s what the project will have.It will be filled with passion and excitement to get up every day and get out and do something by yourself or with your family.”

After arriving at the recently built tennis stadium, Kournikova spent about an hour signing autographs and having her picture taken with fans.

Following a short break, Bollettieri made his way to the court to make the introductions.

First was Simona Galik.

Then it was McMurray, who collected his first NASCAR win in just his second career start and was the series’ 2003 rookie of the year.

Next up was Sadler, who broke through in 2001 and was the only driver to stay in the top 10 in points the entire season.

That left Kournikova, who after being called out walked onto the court waving to the crowd.

Then the fun began.

Galik and Sadler teamed up to play Kournikova and McMurray in a tiebreaker - where the first to seven points is declared the winner.

As the foursome warmed up, McMurray quickly turned into the star, ripping a forehand shot into the stands, at the umpire’s chair and one directly at Sadler - drawing laughs from the crowd and leading one to rib him by yelling out, “Don’t quit your day job.”

McMurray double faulted and in mock disgust blasted a ball into the stands.

Sadler then tried to serve, but said he couldn’t see the box he needed to hit into. With fans on his case, Sadler held out his racquet in protest.

On the next point, Kournikova delivered a forehand smash right at Sadler, who managed to get make contact with his racquet, a shot that went way long.

It didn’t get any better for Sadler, either.

Another Kournikova bomb hit him right in the stomach, leading McMurray to say, “man, that was funny.”

Sadler and McMurray teamed up to play Kournikova and Cory Ann Avants, a Charlotte resident who is ranked 200th in the world, in the next game.

Obviously, the girls won easily. At one point, Ronnie Robinson, who served as master of ceremonies, made Kournikova and Avants play lefthanded.

Didn’t help.

Kournikova had two winners in the 7-2 win, including the capper. She smiled then clapped her hand to her racquet as the crowd applauded.

“It was a lot of fun out there,” Kournikova said. “It was great. They could use some more practice. I’m sure I can’t drive as well as they could.”

The event was light-hearted, with everyone playing to the crowd, especially McMurray and Sadler.

Kournikova, no doubt tired from her trip, was quiet early in the exhibition, opting instead to flash the trademark smile that in 1998 made her one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.

But she warmed up in the final game, ribbing Sadler about his play at one point.

“Aren’t you all supposed to go fast,” she said.

Said Sadler: “We have sit down jobs.”

The match concluded, and all the participants shook hands. But as fun as the experience was, for Kournikova what came next was even more special.

For about an hour, Kournikova hit balls with children ranging in age from 2 to teenagers.

“That’s the best part,” she said. “I love playing with the kids. They’re just too cute. It was great. I wish we could have played a little longer.

“But it was really cool.”

As it was no doubt for the crowd of perhaps 500 that took time out to see one of tennis’ most recognizable players.

“Her attitude has always been one of excitement,” Bollettieri said of his former student. “She’s done a lot for the development of the game. Above all, she’s been a great amabassador for the development of the game and for inspiring young girls to get out and play.

“That’s what it’s all about.”

Though she’s never won a singles championship, Kournikova has won two grand slam doubles titles and reached a high of No. 8 in the world.

But right now, she finds her career in limbo, the result of injuries that have kept her from playing competitively for nearly two years.

Kournikova says she’s not retired, and hasn’t ruled out a return at some point, if she can regain her health.

“About three years ago I had surgery on my foot and tried to get back from that and it took me about a year to realize I was having a lot of problems with my back due to my foot surgery,” she said.

“My foot started effecting my back and everything. It was just a big struggle playing injured all the time. So I decided to take some time off. It’s been a while now, but I don’t want to come back unless I’m a million percent healthy and sure that I’m going to do it all the way.”

Kournikova says she still plays tennis and continues to work out to stay in shape.

Will she play again?

Will she hang it up?

No one knows, including Kournikova. But the one thing she does know, the decision about her future will come sooner than later.

“There’s no reason to go and play a couple of tournaments then take a month off because I’m injured,” she said.

“I really don’t know what’s going to happen right now. Trust me, I would have already told everybody if I knew the answer. I still hope I could play. Hopefully something will come pretty soon, because trust me I’m anxious to know one way or another.”

the cat
Jun 2nd, 2005, 12:03 AM
I enjoyed reading that article. And it's so nice that Anna and Nick remain close even though Anna left IMG and Bollettieri's for rival Octagon in 1998. :D Nick has had problems with some of his former high profile students but never with Anna and it's great that they support each other. :)

Jun 4th, 2005, 02:23 PM
Anna is on the cover of Jane Magazine -


Jun 7th, 2005, 02:18 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :banana: :rocker: :music: :rocker2: :aparty: :aparty: :drive: :woohoo:

Anna Kournikova You are capable, inquisitive and hold strong opinions. You don’t follow trends, you set them. Your intellect often is at conflict with your emotions. Although you always try to make your work more productive and interesting, people consider you impractical. When you feel an inner irritation, just look for new avenues, you will definitely succeed and flourish. —

Jun 8th, 2005, 02:55 PM
Anna still star of the show
Kournikova highlights Ottawa tennis event
Ken WarrenThe Ottawa Citizen

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

1 | 2 (http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/sports/story.html?id=7201d16c-fde8-45bd-b8b1-dd6901ee8ae0&page=2) | NEXT >> (http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/news/sports/story.html?id=7201d16c-fde8-45bd-b8b1-dd6901ee8ae0&page=2)http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465/1d/media.canada.com/idl/otct/20050608/257115-86682.jpgCREDIT: Chuck Burton, The Associated PressAnna Kournikova makes a return during an exhibition match that also featured NASCAR drivers Jamie McMurray and Elliott Sadler last Saturday at Concord, North Carolina.

Calendar girl and former tennis star Anna Kournikova is bringing her act and her racket to Ottawa.

Kournikova, the former touring pro who has enjoyed fame as a pinup model, will be the main attraction of a tennis show coming to the Corel Centre Sept. 24.

The 2005 Legendary Nights Tennis Classic will also include former tennis greats John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Jana Novotna.

"If you're a tried and true tennis fan, you are going to appreciate the talents of all of the players," said Jonathan Venison, founding partner of InsideOut Sports and Entertainment, which is staging the show.

"If you're an 18-year-old boy, the attraction is probably going to be Kournikova ... or maybe for a 48-year-old boy, for that matter. We're trying to look at all the demographics, from pure tennis fans to casual fans. This is not your standard tennis event where you've got to wear white and where fans can't move (during play)."

The event, the only Canadian date among five shows InsideOut has scheduled this year, is designed to be equal parts tennis exhibition and entertainment package.

Kournikova and Novotna will play a singles match, as will McEnroe and Courier. Kournikova and McEnroe will then team up to face Courier and Novotna in a mixed doubles match in which the players will be wearing microphones. Music and bright lights will also be part of the show.

The Corel Centre will be reconfigured into a 6,000-seat "grandstand" style stadium for the event, with seats surrounding the court. Courtside seats will be $125, 100-Level seats will be $66 and 200-Level seats will be $49.50.

"We hope to sell out this event," said Tom Conroy, Corel Centre vice-president and executive director. "The big issue for us, obviously, was the lineup.

"Kournikova is the headliner, but, given McEnroe's career, I think he's equally as big of a draw. He's the King of the Court, so to speak."

Kournikova, however, is a queen of popular culture.

She moved from Russia to Florida at age nine to play tennis and turned pro at 15, but she only briefly flirted with the top 10 in the rankings and never won a singles title on the WTA Tour circuit.

Kournikova, who turned 24 yesterday, has become more famous for her varied pursuits away from the court.

Her steamy bathing suit calendars are hot sellers, and she demands top dollar for a range of endorsements from sports bras to watches to diamonds. She has also made cameo appearances in several movies.

She was briefly married to Sergei Fedorov, also dated fellow Russian hockey star Pavel Bure, and she is currently hooked up with Spanish pop music star Enrique Iglesias.

Here's one measure of her two careers: An on-line search of Kournikova and tennis turned up 554,000 hits, while a similar search of Kournikova and model turned up 1,330,000 hits.

Courier suggests that the public underestimates the quality of Kournikova's tennis game.

"She was a Wimbledon semi-finalist and has won Grand Slam doubles titles, and she was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles," said Courier, who won four Grand Slam singles titles. "Obviously, she has been more successful from a public relations perspective than from tennis. Anna is someone special, people gravitate towards her, but I think people will be pleasantly surprised at the level of her tennis."

Jun 14th, 2005, 04:39 PM
Anna is in Spain for Omega watches -

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AP - Tue Jun 14, 8:53 AM ET

Tennis player Anna Kournikova from Russia waves from the mast of the Emirates Team New Zealand yacht before sailing off for a promotional tour in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday June 14, 2005. Team New Zealand will compete in the Louis Vuitton Acts 4 & 5 starting June 16, counting for the 32nd America's Cup. (AP Photo/Fernando

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AP - Tue Jun 14, 8:51 AM ET

Tennis player Anna Kournikova, center left, from Russia and team skipper Dean Barker, center right, from New Zealand wave standing amid the Emirates Team New Zealand crew before sailing off for a promotional tour in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday June 14, 2005. Team New Zealand will compete in the Louis Vuitton Acts 4 & 5 starting

Jun 23rd, 2005, 04:39 PM
Anna at a party in Spain last week -

Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:05 PM
Thanks for the pic. Awww she looks gorgeous as always :hearts:.

Jun 25th, 2005, 08:15 PM
A radio station is calling itself "KHTKournikova" during WTT -

Tennis (http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3183419#) Talk with Coach Bryan on KHTK Sports Talk 1140 AM
06/25/05 - World TeamTennis (WTT) Sacramento Capitals

http://www.oursportscentral.com/images/teams/wttcapitals.gif KHTK Sports Talk 1140 AM, billing itself as "KHTKournikova" during the first full week of July when Anna Kournikova makes her marquee appearance for the Sacramento Capitals, is also presenting tennis talk with Caps coach Wayne Bryan.

Tune in on Wednesdays at 8:35 a.m. PST from June 22 to July 27 to listen to the 2004 World TeamTennis Coach of the Year. This is Coach Bryan's fourth year with the Caps and his twin sons, Mike and Bob Bryan, are the No. 1 doubles team in the world. Whitey Gleason and The Rise Guys will be the hosts, and KHTK is also the sponsored radio station for Kournikova's charity and marquee night on July 10th. GO CAPS!

Jun 27th, 2005, 02:34 PM
Anna's mom is a gazillionaire -


Kournikova mom ups holdings

The estranged mother of win-challenged but beautiful ex-tennis star Anna Kournikova has increased her Palm Beach real estate holdings.

In December, mom Alla Kournikova paid $1.4 million for a home on Colonial Lane in the island's quiet North End. Now she's served up $2.2 million to buy a 3,000-square-foot home on Seabreeze Avenue in the center of town. Sellers Brian and Andrea Kosoy paid $1.1 million for the 1925 house just four years ago.

Alla and Anna were feuding in court over a $5 million Miami Beach home both said they paid for. Dad Sergei said he owned a piece of it, too. Their lawsuits and countersuits were dismissed last month, court dockets show.

Perhaps love means something in life, after all — unlike in tennis.

Jun 27th, 2005, 05:40 PM
Here's a good Anna story. When she was 18, she bought a $5 million house.
It wasn't for sale. But when they drove past it on the way to the house they were showing, Anna pointed at a house, and said, " I want that one."
And she made the owners an offer they couldn't pass up.

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Jul 5th, 2005, 07:00 PM
Anna raising money for :hearts: charity:hearts: :clap2: :bigclap:


Jul 8th, 2005, 03:14 PM
Anna is in Sacramento. I read she's going to be on Entertainment Tonight this evening.

Kournikova shines on Newport
Beauty queen is enjoying World Team Tennis spotlight with Sacramento Capitals.
By Natalie Venegas, Daily Pilot

NEWPORT BEACH -- Tennis beauty Anna Kournikova arrived in Newport Beach on Thursday at Palisades Tennis Club for her debut as a member of the Sacramento Capitols.

Among those waiting to catch a glimpse was Laguna Niguel resident Mike Wolivar.

"I came for my daughter," he said. "It's good to show her what hard work can bring. And she's also somebody a dad and a daughter can see."

At a press conference held before her match against the Newport Beach Breakers, Kournikova, a two-time Grand Slam champion in doubles along with Martina Hingis, shared her excitement in the transition from touring professionally to being a part of World Team Tennis.

"I absolutely love it," she said. "It's great for the fans because they get to see singles, men's, women's, and doubles. In three hours they get to see everything."

Kathy Abele, a Breaker volunteer in charge of directing the fired-up crowds, explained how the visits from professional athletes appeals to the fans.

"There's a big change," she said. "We get a lot more press, and it's great."

Another volunteer, Ann Bown, said the advantage of having big names competing is that fans come to see their favorite player, but end up watching the talent surrounding them, and get hooked.

"Anything to get more people out here is good," she said. "We get way bigger crowds, and it's good for the sport in general."

Despite no longer touring professionally, Kournikova manages to keep her plate full while still attracting attention from the media.

Some of Kournikova's current projects include a fitness column featured in Elle Magazine, competing in the WTT, volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, and charity exhibition matches, while still working out everyday.

Along with the attention she receives from the tennis courts and entertainment world, comes what stars in the limelight must inevitably face. Criticism.

"I've learned to not really pay attention to people," she said. "They're going to think whatever they want to think anyway. The most important thing is that I know what I have accomplished and achieved for myself."

Some of her achievements include defeating No. 1 ranked Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Lindsey Davenport, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and her doubles partner, Hingis.

In 2000, she was ranked eighth in singles and reached a final, eight semifinals and seven quarterfinals in 26 World Tennis Association tournaments.

Although Kournikova keeps herself occupied, there are times when she thirsts for the competitiveness in touring.

"I definitely miss the adrenaline and the competitive side," she said. "It's kind of nice not traveling three months in a row, but of course I miss it."

Kournikova joined the Capitols after competing for two years with the Kansas City Explorers.

Jul 9th, 2005, 03:17 PM
Anna was on Entertainment Tonight on Friday. You can see a video of it at -


Anna Kournikova's Special Delivery

July 8, 2005
How cool would it be if you ordered an item from Amazon.com and a huge star came right to your door to personally deliver it? That's just what's happening in honor of the mega-online shopping site's 10th anniversary, and ET is with tennis superstar ANNA KOURNIKOVA (http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1807427021&cf=gen) as she delivers a special package to an average, everyday customer!

"I had no idea, none, [that she was coming]," says Dr. ANDREA FEINBERG, who received a package containing Adidas shoes and an Adidas gym bag. "Today was exceptional. I saw Anna walk through the door and I thought, 'I know this girl, she's amazing!' She's a wonderful tennis player and I was so excited to see her. She seemed so sweet and so nice."

"It was really exciting," says Anna. "I'm really happy to be part of Amazon.com's 10th anniversary celebration, and to be able to deliver an Adidas package to Dr. Feinberg was great. She's obviously a great customer."

Anna says she got involved with Amazon's anniversary celebration to raise awareness for the Boys and Girls Club (www.bgca.org (http://www.bgca.org/)). "I love working with the Boys and Girls Club," she says, "because it really [helps to promote] my message to the kids and to young adults and teenagers to stay healthy, and get involved with sports, and for me to interact with the kids."

Jul 9th, 2005, 03:45 PM
Anna played WTT doubles on Thursday against the Newport Beach Breakers, and she and Lena L. lost 2-5 to Rodionova and Bondarenko.

Oh, it looks like I've stumbled into a lifestyle thread. Sorry :o

jack daniels
Jul 12th, 2005, 11:28 AM
so what is the deal, is she ever going to return or continue to string her fans along?

Jul 12th, 2005, 02:18 PM
so what is the deal, is she ever going to return or continue to string her fans along?I saw this on Anna's message board -

Kournikova likes the WTT's focus on doubles, but she hasn't completely ruled out a return to the WTA Tour.
"Until I've decided for sure that I'll stop completely, I won't announce anything,'' Kournikova said during a recent conference call.

Jul 12th, 2005, 02:39 PM
I think at this point it is pretty safe to assume that she won't be making a comeback on the WTA tour.

Jul 12th, 2005, 02:45 PM
I think if Anna really wanted to come back, she would either be playing 25k's (like Iroda and Dokic), or playing WTA doubles.
But Anna is leaving the door open, just in case she changes her mind.
She's 24. Pierce, Raymond, and others, have been successful at 30.

Jul 14th, 2005, 02:01 AM
http://www.wtaworld.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=37399&stc=1What a cute teddy:D

Jul 14th, 2005, 02:45 PM

Hartford out-Foxes Kournikova’s crew
By PAUL ANGILLY, The Bristol Press

AVON -- Although back problems continue to keep her off the WTA Tour schedule, Anna Kournikova still drew a packed house into the Apple Arena at Blue Fox Run Golf Course Wednesday night for a World Team Tennis match. And while the home Hartford FoxForce emerged with a 24-18 victory over Kournikova’s Sacramento Capitals, many of those in attendance reserved their loudest cheers for the famed tennis calendar girl.

"It’s just an opportunity to be on the court again in front of the fans," Kournikova said of playing in the WTT league for the third straight year.

http://oascentral.**********/RealMedia/ads/adstream_nx.ads/www.poweronemedia.com/sbc300X250.html/@Topx (http://http://oascentral.**********/RealMedia/ads/adstream_nx.ads/www.poweronemedia.com/sbc300X250.html/@Topx) "Once you’ve been a professional athlete, there’s no other feeling like being on the court," she said.

While she says that returning to the WTA Tour still remains among her goals, she added, "I really don’t know what’s going to happen."

Playing in the WTT league is a great opportunity, she said, because it doesn’t require the type of total commitment and extensive training that playing on the WTA Tour does.

"My back doesn’t bother me when I play a week in a row," she said, although it does bother her when she tries to work out for six hours a day, like she would need to do on tour, she added.

"I’m taking my time, and whenever that I feel that I’m ready" she might consider a return to the tour, she said.

"If I come back, I want to be 100 percent," she added.

Hartford was already ahead 14-11 in the match when Kournikova took the court for the first time to play mixed doubles. She and partner Mark Knowles held her serve twice, but Hartford’s Don Johnson and Milagros Sequera won the set 5-3.

The match was delayed by rain in the middle of the third set (men’s doubles), then it was delayed again during the mixed doubles set. Only a fraction of the crowd remained through the second delay to see the end of the fourth set and the fifth set.

Kournikova and Nicole Vaidisova -- a 16-year-old German rising fast through the WTA rankings -- took a 4-2 lead over Hartford’s Sequera and Lisa McShea in the final set, but the FoxForce team rebounded to win the final three games to take the set and the match, avoiding the possibility of overtime.

Before taking the court, Kournikova said she enjoys participating in team events such as Fed Cup or World Team Tennis.

"It’s great. I love team events. The crowd gets into it," she said. "I’m very fortunate to have such a great team."

After dropping the second and third games, Hartford’s Wesley Whitehouse came back strong in the opening men’s singles set against Sacramento’s Sam Warburg, taking the next four games to put the FoxForce ahead 5-2 early.

Sequera then played an outstanding match against Vaidisova in women’s singles, winning the final point after the set was tied 4-4 in games and 4-4 in the set-deciding tiebreaker.

Sacramento’s Warburg and Knowles won the Capitals’ only set of the night, defeating Johnson and Whitehouse 5-4 in men’s doubles.

Hartford is now 5-1 this season, just one loss behind the first-place New York Sportimes (6-1) in the Eastern Conference standings. Sacramento falls to 4-3, in the midst of a close Western Conference race.

jack daniels
Jul 17th, 2005, 07:55 AM
keep posting the anna pics :hearts:

Jul 17th, 2005, 12:54 PM
keep posting the anna pics :hearts:

There's plenty of recent ones in the Animaniacs forum: http://wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=136319

Jul 18th, 2005, 06:44 PM
She drew a packed house, don't think Conchita Martinez would've done the same. And then by reading something in GM Anna gets US-Open WC, of course it's made up.

Aug 11th, 2005, 07:57 PM
Anna will be presenting an award on Fox Tuesday night.

celebrities scheduled to appear at THE 2005 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS include Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, actress Sandra Bullock ("Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous"), actor/producer Ashton Kutcher (THAT '70s SHOW), actor Adam Brody (THE O.C.), actress Rachel McAdams ("Wedding Crashers"), tennis star Anna Kournikova...

Aug 26th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Anna is playing in Queens tomorrow

Exhibition Matches By Tennis Stars:

Anna Kournikova, Serena Williams & Andy Roddick

Aug 26th, 2005, 06:58 PM
:banana: Glad to see her @ Arthur Ashe again. Thanks for the news :banana:

Sep 1st, 2005, 03:12 PM
Anna was a presenter at the 2005 Worlds Music Awards in Hollywood on August 31.
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Sep 2nd, 2005, 07:13 PM


Tennis pin-up ANNA KOURNIKOVA (http://www.contactmusic.com/new/artist.nsf/artistnames/anna%20kournikova) has attracted the eyes of a new man - teen pop heart-throb JESSE McCARTNEY (http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/mccartney%20eyes%20kournikova#).

SHE'S NOT YOU singer McCartney, 18, met the 24 (http://www.contactmusic.com/new/artist.nsf/artistnames/24)-year-old Russian beauty at the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at New York's National Tennis Center on Saturday (27AUG05) - and he's in absolute awe of the blonde beauty.

He coos, "It was a dream come true for me. She's just so beautiful in every way. And she's got such style and class."

Sep 2nd, 2005, 07:29 PM
he is young but he is soooo much better than enrique...I don't know why but I don't love the anna-enrique couple
to me she makes a perfect couple with pavel bure...they was so much beautiful together...this is my golden couple
btw jesse is right...when you see her tis just like a dream you cannot believe that she is that much perfect...
just one question...is he the son of paul? I do prefer lennon but well...

Sep 20th, 2005, 03:33 PM
Anna in Ottawa this weekend

Legendary Nights Tennis Classic

Date Posted: 2005.09.14

Four of the most recognizable superstars in modern tennis come together in the nation’s capital for one Legendary Night of competition and entertainment. The Corel Centre, in association with InsideOut Sports and Entertainment, presents John McEnroe along with fellow champions Jim Courier, Anna Kournikova and Jana Novotna in the 2005 Legendary Nights Tennis Classic on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005.

"The 2005 Legendary Nights Tennis Classic will be a fantastic event that we are eager to host in Ottawa," Corel Centre vice-president and executive director Tom Conroy said. "InsideOut have put together an incredible lineup of some of the world’s most successful and popular tennis superstars. This will no doubt be a memorable evening filled with top-flight competition and entertainment.”

The evening’s schedule will see a total of three events; women’s singles - featuring two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Anna Kournikova against Wimbledon singles champ Jana Novotna; men's singles - matching seven-time Grand Slam singles champion John McEnroe against four-time Grand Slam singles champion Jim Courier; mixed doubles - the highlight of the evening, with the players mic'd so the crowd knows exactly what they're saying to themselves - and each other - in the heat of battle.

Sep 24th, 2005, 02:50 PM
I asked her about being a groundbreaker for the current wave of Russian stars. She refused to take any credit.

"That's nice of you to say that, but I tend to not look at it that way," said Kournikova. "I think it was just more of an opportunity to leave Russian and travel.

"If I did encourage them a little bit, I think that's great and it would make me happy and proud, but I don't really look at it that way."

Others do.

A documentary last year looked at the rise of the Russian women in tennis. It was called Anna's Army.

"Women's tennis, in Russia and around the world, is popular because of Kournikova," said Russian player Dinara Safina. "A lot of players want to be like her."

There probably hasn't been a more famous female athlete, no woman who has blurred the lines of athlete and celebrity like Kournikova has.

While she failed to make much in the way of headlines with her tennis (her Grand Slam high point in singles is reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 1997), off the court she was the meal ticket for thousands of photographers and a staple of the rumour columns, the British tabloids and the many websites devoted to her and her stunning looks.

She hasn't disappointed the celebrity watchers. She has been romantically linked to hockey players Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Bure and is rumoured to have married one or both of them (hopefully not at the same time) and has lately been in the company of singer Enrique Iglesias. There's talk they married in Mexico, though nobody seems to know for sure.

Despite having been out of the game for a year, Kournikova is still big business for the tabloids and is still a popular topic in Russia, judging by the Internet.

She still has to put up with English Pravda breathlessly reporting the moans and screams coming from the Iglesias/Kournikova $2,000-a-night suite at the Four Seasons in London which kept other patrons awake (they were calling security at 4 a.m.).

"I get embarrassed talking about my private life," she says with a disarming giggle.

When she burst onto the scene at 14 or 15 years old, she said she didn't really take notice of the circus that swirled around her.

"I didn't pay attention," she said. "I thought that was just the way sports is. I didn't realize what was happening around me at that age. It just seemed normal.

"But when I got to be 18, 19 and 20, it was a little more difficult. You start to pay attention to the things around you and you realize what is going on. You can't control it and you try and block it out, but at the end of the day you can't block it out.

"I'm human and there were a lot of hurtful and painful things written and said about me. There were some good things, too ... but I guess that's the price you pay for being in the spotlight. Right now, not much bothers me. I've seen it all. "

Kournikova said she is thankful to tennis for opening the door for her to do some of things she's doing now like writing a column for Elle magazine and doing charity work with the Boys and Girls Club.

She is still keeping the possibility alive for a return to tournament tennis.

She plays or works out five times a week, rewarding herself now and then with some chocolate ice cream ("I cannot resist chocolate. Regular chocolate or chocolate ice cream. It's definitely a motivation for me," she said).

"I was always one of those players who played better if I played a lot of matches and tournaments in a row. That's what's a little harder for me now. I kind of stop and go. I play one event a month and it's hard to get into a routine," she said. "I never really wanted to make an (retirement) announcement because I still want to keep that option open. The only way I want to come back is if I feel 100% and that I can give my best. I feel there is no reason to come back and play halfway and get injured all the time. I kind of hope and wish I can still come back. I'd rather not say anything and see what happens."

Sep 24th, 2005, 02:55 PM
Thanks for the article GL :wavey:. Kournikova is so humble for not taking the credit ;). And the moaning part :tape:.

Oct 4th, 2005, 05:49 PM
Anna's new journal entry, and she's on another magazine cover

A Busy September

September has been an extremely busy month. I have been traveling non-stop for appearances all around the world.

I started out with a photo shoot in Miami for my health and fitness column in ELLE Magazine - so check out upcoming issues for new pictures!

Then I was off to Italy for the CorriRoma, which translates to the "run of Rome". It was a non-competitive 2k run, benefiting WE ARE THE FUTURE - the children of Rwanda, at midnight starting at the Partenza Fori Imperiali and ending at the Arco di Constantino. Adidas sponsored this event, and it was in honor of 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist Abebe Bikila, an Etheopean runner, who won the marathon in Rome running barefoot. It was an amazing and historical event, and it was great to be back in Rome after a 2 year absence. I was so honored to have been apart of it, and I thank the Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni for having me.

While in Italy I did a cover shoot for SportWeek magazine with the unbelievable photographer, Roberto Rocco. SportWeek is included in the national paper the La Gazzetta dello Sport. We shot it at the Hilton Cavalieri, which overlooks the entire city of Rome. It was such a beautiful setting, and I only wish I could have stayed longer.

Early the next morning, I was on a plane headed off to New York City for my first ever Fashion Week. I attended the Monique Lhuillier show, which was really amazing. I just love her designs so much - she is so talented! I have been wearing a lot of her clothes lately so I was excited to see all of the new stuff from her. Later that day I went to the Y-3 show. The Y-3 line is designed by Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas. If you guys remember, way back in March of this year, I attended my first fashion show ever in Paris, the Y-3 show, so it was really cool to see this show in NYC and to compare the clothes and see how they have changed from one season to the next. I really love the way Yohji mixes athletic wear and couture to make a look that is all his own.

Before I knew it I was on another plane, this time to Ottawa, Ontario for 'Legendary Nights,' a tennis exhibition with Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Jana Novotna. We had played together in a similar event this past May in South Florida, so it was fun to be back on the court again with everyone and to be in front of my fans. I played a set of singles against Jana, which was then followed by a singles match with Jim and John. We finished up the evening playing mixed doubles - I played with John and Jana paired up with Jim. Mid way into our match, two local Ottawa junior players got a chance to mix in with our match and compete against us in some friendly mixed doubles. The Ottawa crowd got a real kick out of seeing their local talent compete against us - we all had a great time and as always I look forward to playing again soon.

My final trip was to Tacoma, Washington where I attended the "it just takes ONE' launch campaign. "it just takes ONE" campaign is designed to highlight the Tacoma capital campaign, and the goal is to raise $60 million for 4 new community centers across the region. The campaign is about raising awareness in the Tacoma area and in educating residents. Hopefully as a result they will make a commitment to kids, and these residents can raise the bar for all children! As many of you know, the Boys and Girls Club organization is very close to my heart and is something that I am very passionate about. I am deeply committed to assisting this organization in any way I can.

It's good to be home again.

the cat
Oct 4th, 2005, 06:32 PM
GL, I didn't know you were a member of www.kournikova.com (http://www.kournikova.com). Who are you there? Thanks for the article on Anna.

Oct 4th, 2005, 06:39 PM
I just "googled" - La Gazzetta dello Sport. Google sent me to

And there was Anna's pic

Nov 2nd, 2005, 05:03 AM

Anna and Enrique.

Nov 26th, 2005, 03:14 PM
Marat gave Anna a nice compliment -


Our female tennis boom is because of Kournikova

Why is our female tennis progressing at such high speed?

It’s easier to break through there. And in addition, we are living through a real female tennis boom unlike the men’s. You know who we should thank for that? Even though everyone is trying to deny it - it is thanks to Anna Kournikova. Anna showed what levels of popularity one can achieve in tennis. Parents took their daughters to tennis courts because of her influence.

What do you think about the path she’s chosen?

I have known Anna since we were six, I like her a lot. We have our separate lives. Who forced her to evolve life around tennis? The fact that a person decided to make such drastic changes in her life talks of nothing but her strength. To quit everything you’ve lived for, for 15 years and try to do something new is very hard. I wouldn’t have managed to do it even if I had opportunities like hers.

Dec 7th, 2005, 04:08 PM
Here is a 5 minute video of Anna and Enrique with the paparazzi on November 11.
Click on watch flash preview


Dec 10th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Kournikova doesn't rule out return

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Anna Kournikova left open the possibility of a return to professional tennis.

The 24-year-old Russian, who hasn't played professionally since 2003 because of back problems, said she doesn't have any plans to return to the WTA Tour any time soon, but added that "the possibility is not completely out of the question."

Kournikova made the comments in Brazil ahead of Saturday night's match against Martina Hingis on a court set up on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach.

Hingis recently announced she is returning to the professional circuit. The 25-year-old Swiss player retired from the WTA Tour in 2002 after battling a series of injuries.

"I'm just waiting for a wild card to play in the Australian Open," Hingis said Friday. "To face Anna will be a good test for me."

Kournikova and Hingis teamed up to win the Australian Open doubles title in 1999 and 2002.

Hingis won five Grand Slam singles titles in her career and was only 16 1/2 when she took over the top ranking in March 1997.

On Friday, three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil beat Mariano Puerta of Argentina to win an exhibition tournament at Copacabana beach. Nicolas Kiefer of Germany and Robby Ginepri of the United States also took part in the event.


Russia's Anna Kournikova is seen during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, Dec. 9, 2005. Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Kournikova will play an exhibition game in Copacabana beach on Saturday, Dec. 10. (AP Photo/Renzo Gostoli)

Dec 10th, 2005, 04:52 PM
thx you sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for the video
it is soooooooooooooooooooooooo great...I love to see likhovtseva trying to hide herself behind anna...so cute
thx a lot
great video!!!

Dec 23rd, 2005, 02:34 PM
Anna:wavey: is the one Russian player who tells us she reads message boards.


"Hi, everyone!

Finally, it's the end of the year and time to celebrate! We all deserve a much needed break to recharge before the beginning of this New Year. I will be spending time and catching up with all of my loved ones and I hope that all of you are able to do the same. May there be lots of gift giving and receiving!

I also wanted to let you guys know how much I appreciate your support and it is so great to continue and see all of the long time members and lots of new ones too! (I do lurk a lot, but that shouldn't stop you from posting your honest opinions! LOL!*)

I wish all of you a very happy and healthy holiday season!"

Anna K.

Dec 23rd, 2005, 02:52 PM
she is so sweet thx goldenlox

Jan 4th, 2006, 03:44 PM
Anna and Enrique spent New Year's on vacation -



Jan 8th, 2006, 04:51 PM
Anna has been doing a lot of charity -

Anna Kournikova's Katrina Mission
The tennis star brings smiles – and toys – to young survivors
Friday Dec 30, 2005 12:00pm EST

Kournikova handed out toys and candy to children affected by Hurricane Katrina. "It was so heartwarming to see the innocence in their eyes despite what they had been through," she wrote.

Tennis star Anna Kournikova, 24, visited Hurricane Katrina victims in Biloxi, Miss., last month on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She shared a portion of her trip diary with PEOPLE.

It has only been a few months since Katrina and the devastation is still everywhere you look. It is hard to believe that the next hurricane season starts in only six months.

My first stop was the Forest Heights (Boys & Girls) Club in Gulfport. This club was not completely destroyed, although by the looks of it you would never know. The only thing left was the outside walls, a few support beams and a couple of toilets.

As I walked down a narrow path I was haunted by all of the things I had seen. A young boy’s football helmet with the name "Caleb" on it, a wooden train, a doll. It was truly heartbreaking.

Mississippi seems to have been lost in all of the chaos surrounding New Orleans, but I can tell you that the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have not lost their spirit. They have rallied around each other to bring back their communities stronger than ever.


Jan 21st, 2006, 05:21 PM
Anna and Enrique with Billy Joel, January 7, 2006


Feb 9th, 2006, 04:22 PM
Anna at Fashion week in NYC, 2/8/06


the cat
Feb 9th, 2006, 07:29 PM
I like that Anna visited the Hurricane Katrina victims. :D :hug: But I still miss her on the WTA Tour. :( I can only hope she's happy and healthy. :)

Feb 21st, 2006, 02:50 PM
Anna played an exhibition in Memphis, Monday February 20


(Written By Phil Stokenberg, Tennis Writer, Memphis' Commercial Appeal)

"In the mixed doubles exhibition match Monday before the night session, Anna Kournikova and Bob Bryan defeated Tracy Austin and Mike Bryan, Bob's twin, 7-6, 7-6.

Proceeds from the exhibition, which required a seperate ticket for admission, will benefit one of three organizations: St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, and the Katrina Relief Fund.

"This is my third time in five years." Kournikova said. "In general, the main reason I keep coming back here is because of the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. I've visited the kids before, and it's a wonderful, amazing experience. And it's a great opportunity to be in front of my fans again."

Kournikova, 24, plays a number of charitable ehibitions annually and has played Team Tennis. She has not played on the WTA Tour full-time since 2002, but said Monday she wouldn't rule out returning.

"Who knows if I'll come back," she said. "That's why I would like not to make a retirement announcement. You never know. I would not come back unless I feel 100 per cent, whether it's mentally or physically. All those factors have to come together for me to come back. I don't want to come back and play half-effort (tennis)."

While she has appeared as a model in several publications since dropping off the tour, she said she will continue picking up a racquet.

"Tennis is a huge part of my life, it has been and always will be," Kournikova said. "But there are obviously other interests I'm pursuing, and there are still a lot of other things that I would like to experience."

Mar 1st, 2006, 03:10 PM
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060301/thumb.f6d420840afa48db9ba517bbb55021cd.gm_ten_ny12 6.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=kournikova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=1/;_ylt=A9htfMQpxwVEfxcBfQTRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHZkMj ZyBHBvcwMxBHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=13evr5pg4/EXP=1141315753/*-http%3A//story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060301/482/f6d420840afa48db9ba517bbb55021cd) In this photo released by General Motors, Anna Kournikova stands with a Cadillac STS-V on the red carpet at the General Motors Annual 'Ten' Celebrity Fashion Show in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/General Motors)

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060301/t/r3110825165.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=kournikova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=2/;_ylt=A9htfMQpxwVEfxcBfgTRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjdmNoOT VjBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=137aok4mb/EXP=1141315753/*-http%3A//story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060301/ids_photos_en/r3110825165.jpg) Tennis player Anna Kournikova arrives at GM ten, General Motors' annual fashion show, in Los Angeles, February 28, 2006. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello
Reuters - Mar 01 1:06 AM


Mar 2nd, 2006, 06:39 PM

2 MARCH 2006

Anna Kournikova (http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/annakournikova/) served up a catwalk ace when she led a series of showbiz beauties down the runway this week. The Russian star swapped tennis whites for a slinky black corset dress at the annual GM fashion show in Los Angeles.

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Photo: © Rex

Mar 2nd, 2006, 09:46 PM
Anna is too skinny. I wish she would come back to tennis, and keep her beautiful body she once had. She was a good role model, and looked very attractive and healthy. She now looks like she would break in a long rally.

Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:57 PM
Anna was at the WTA Awards event in Miami. She will be on the Today show from NYC on Saturday morning.

Miami 3/21 pics -

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Mar 29th, 2006, 10:25 AM
Anna will be playing WTT again this year.

Sacramento Capitals
Anna Kournikova
Nicole Vaidisova
Elena Likhovtseva
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Mark Knowles
Sam Warburg

Mar 29th, 2006, 12:42 PM
oh! what a surprise! lena will play too! so happy that's my fav are friends!!!!

Apr 2nd, 2006, 05:44 PM
Kickin' back: Kournikova's having a (tennis) ball

Published April 2, 2006

Back problems halted Anna Kournikova's promising pro tennis career three years ago, but even today the 24-year-old Russian remains one of the sport's biggest names, largely because of her straight-out-of-</I>Vogue looks and a well-publicized relationship with singer Enrique Iglesias. Kournikova, as many know, failed to win a singles title while on tour, but she was hardly a dud. She reached the Wimbledon semifinals at 16, claimed 16 doubles events and earned more than $3.5-million on the courts. Kournikova, who lives in Miami Beach, is scheduled to appear in Wednesday's Mercedes-Benz Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa with Dade City native Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Chris Evert. She recently kicked back with Times staff writer Keith Niebuhr. What do you miss most about being on tour?

Well, it's a feeling you can't really replace with anything else. It's so different being a pro athlete, feeling that adrenaline rush. You can't compare anything to just being on the court, having the crowds supporting you and the adrenaline rush. I miss everything about it, but at the same time I'm finding pleasure in other things.

Such as?

Well, I'm very proud to work with the Boys & Girls Club of America. It's giving kids the opportunity to go to the club instead of hanging out on the street. ... That's one of my main passions right now. I've always been very giggly around kids, so it's fun for me also. ... I'm also still playing a lot of charity matches, which is a great opportunity to give back some of my time to tennis and to the fans. And it makes me feel like I'm still playing and keeping that light alive.

Did Anna Kournikova fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket?

I didn't, but the girls in my office did that whole thing.

Why not?

(Laughing) Because I would probably just pick a team because of the names. I'm actually a (Miami) Heat fan. I love the Heat and go to a lot of the games.

Do you take any pride in the fact many, including current players, have credited you for starting the so-called tennis revolution in Russia?

Well, you know, the only thing I'm proud of is that I'm glad that they say they can do it and that there is an opportunity. Back in Russia, they've always had a huge sports community and demand for results, whether it's gymnastics or other sports. But before, there wasn't always the opportunity to get out and compete on the international level.

Are you still a fan of the sport and do you watch many events?

I watch all the majors and whatever else they're showing on TV. And I follow the results on the Internet, mainly to follow my friends. I was at the Anastasia Myskina match (against Maria Sharapova on Wednesday in Key Biscayne). I've known her since I was 5, so I really try to support my friends.

Anastasia obviously has done a lot of great things, but do you ever offer her any advice?

When we meet and talk, it's usually just about where we are and how we're doing. I really don't talk about the on-court stuff too much. As someone from the outside, I just tell her to enjoy it as much as you can. And I tell her, "Don't think if you lose it's the end of the world, there's always next Monday." When you're on the Internet, what sites do you hit?

I really just read the news and interact with fans on my Web site (kournikova.com). I hang out there a lot. I'm not on computer 10 hours a day, but I spend a good 45 minutes just browsing for the news, especially when I'm not at home. Do you have a myspace account?

No, I don't. But I've been hearing a lot about that. It's incredible what the Internet has done.

Are you ever amazed at how popular you became?

I just laugh about it. It was the right moment, the right place kind of thing. I get kind of embarrassed when people say that. But if I brought more fans to tennis, to women's sports, then I'm proud of it.

You said in an interview last year that if you're ever completely healthy, you'd consider playing pro tennis again. Still feel that way?

Well, I'm still young enough, so yes. If I'm 100 percent and can give my all, I'd definitely give it another shot. I would just have to be ready for it mentally first.

What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say the following things, starting with Serena Williams.

A friend and a great ambassador for the sport.

Double fault.

I've had those in my life (laughing). I had a lot of those, ever since I broke my thumb playing Steffi Graf in Eastbourne (Britain). I actually beat her that match.


Wow. It's the most amazing experience to be on center court.

Jim Courier.

He's a legend first of all. Next, he's the most humble person and he's very easy-going. And what he does off the court is inspiring.

Anna Kournikova.

There's what some people perceive and there's just me. I try to be myself every day with everybody. I'm not always going to be perfect and people aren't always going to like me. Sometimes, I don't. But I'm just me.


Apr 7th, 2006, 11:48 AM
at the 3rd annual Mercedes-Benz Classic tennis exhibition together with Jim Courier, John McEnroe and Chris Evert.


Apr 7th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Cool nice to see her getting worried about her size though look at her arms

Apr 28th, 2006, 03:08 PM
Anna is in Spain now. I think Enrique is about to release his new CD.
Then they might get married


Apr 29th, 2006, 02:53 PM
http://www.anarosa.telecinco.es/imgsed/280406ar_preysler_1.jpgIsabel Preysler y Kournikova, juntas entre azulejos

La madre y la novia de Enrique Iglesias acudieron a Valencia para inaugurar una nueva tienda de la marca de revestimientos cerámicos de la que la filipina es imagen desde hace 25 años. Guapísimas y encantadoras, sólo tuvieron palabras de elogio la una para la otra.

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Frente a la prensa, las casi suegra y nuera lucieron la mejor de sus sonrisas. Elegantes y muy compenetradas, las dos mujeres más importantes en la vida de Enrique se lo pasaron de lo lindo durante el acto de presentación de la tienda y la posterior fiesta. La ex mujer de Julio Iglesias habló maravillas de la atractiva rubia: "De Anna destaco su alegría, que una chica muy activa y que hace muy feliz a mi hijo", relató. Por su parte, la tenista aseguró que la Preysler "es una mujer muy preparada", aunque sin desvelar para qué.El cantante y la deportista llevan saliendo juntos tres años, e Isabel considera a la pareja como "si ya estuvieran casados". No quiso pronunciarse sobre si prefiere que se casen antes de tener hijos, pero dejó claro que "respeto muchísimo las decisiones de mis hijos".

Al igual que hace siempre cuando acude a algún acto público, la Kournikova volvió a desmentir una próxima boda con Enrique Iglesias. Al lado del cantante, la tenista se siente plena y llena de felicidad, pero de momento, no hay planes de que la pareja más guapa de Miami se convierta en marido y mujer.

May 1st, 2006, 10:43 AM
thx for sharing...even if I'm tired of seeing her with enrique...why isn't she with pavel bure!!!!???? they were soooooooooooooo perfect together!

May 4th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Anna pic in People magazine


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Anna Kournikova strikes a winning pose at a fete for Spanish lifestyle company Porcelanosa in Valencia recently. The former tennis star attended the event with the company's spokesperson, Isabel Preysler – the madre of her beau, Enrique Iglesias.

May 5th, 2006, 02:48 PM
Anna is too skinny. I wish she would come back to tennis, and keep her beautiful body she once had. She was a good role model, and looked very attractive and healthy. She now looks like she would break in a long rally.

I saw Anna at Memphis. Her legs were very thin; a bit alarming, when I remember how great she looked the last time I saw her play at San Diego.

May 5th, 2006, 02:53 PM
Anna does a lot of running on a treadmill. She has less body fat than she used to have


May 6th, 2006, 05:00 AM
She looks like she's overdoing it. A number of people at Memphis thought she looked unhealthy. The pic from People doesn't look too bad, but she looks a bit malnourished in the pic with her soon-to-be(?) mother-in-law. I think the only difference in the pictures, though, is the angle of the shot.

May 6th, 2006, 03:13 PM
Kournikova: 'I don't regret a thing that happened'

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/06/06
Life as a magnet for tabloid rumors hasn't affected Anna Kournikova too adversely. The prospects for life after tennis don't discourage her either.

Kournikova, who's scheduled to compete today in the Mercedes-Benz Classic, made an appearance Friday at the Adidas Y-3 boutique in Buckhead. About 150 invited guests and reporters were visibly captivated by the willowly blonde. Kournikova, 24, spoke candidly to a reporter about the media attention given her.

Q: Has the [tabloid] media ever gotten anything right about you?

A: Some things. And sometimes their criticism was right, too. I'm not perfect. I'm sure I've made mistakes.

Q: Do you get tired of answering the question of whether you're officially retired?

A: Not at all. I understand that people want to know. I want to know too, and I'd really like to put it to rest. But I really don't know in my mind and in my heart yet. Until I do, they're going to keep asking. Once I decide if I am going to play or if I'm not, there'll be some kind of announcement. There's no timeline.

Q: Who are your role models for life after tennis?

A: I really respect and admire Oprah and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan — they're remarkable women. ... They inspire me. Another one is Reese Witherspoon. She's got an amazing career and a family, and she's so young. And she has values. ... The people I most respect are the ones that work hard and achieve and give back to the community. They don't live isolated lives; they're actually part of the world.

Q: What's the next career move for you?

A: One of my passions is working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I love being with kids and, since tennis has given me so much, it's only right for me to give back. I want to encourage kids to get into sports, whether it's professionally or recreationally. Another passion of mine is the sports and fitness industry. I'm writing a column for Elle magazine. And I'm working on getting some DVDs out there focused on sports and fitness. Basically, my goal is to take the things I've learned as a professional athlete and trying to help women feel better about themselves and lead healthier lives.

Q: How would you feel if, 20 years from now, your name was more closely associated with Maxim magazine than Sports Illustrated?

A: I can't worry about what they're saying 20 years from now. I made those decisions ... well, I didn't really make those decisions, someone else made them for me. I was 18 back then, and I had managers and God knows who else advising me. Those decisions were made under certain circumstances, and I don't regret a thing that happened. If those things hadn't happened, I wouldn't be the person that I am today.

Q: Some say you are married to [singer] Enrique Iglesias, some say you aren't. What's the truth about that relationship?

A: I've been married already six times. I've been pregnant four. I've been divorced seven. What else has happened? Oh, yeah, we've been dating other people 500 times. In reality, everything is fine. He's finishing up a new album and he can't wait until it comes out. I'm very happy.

May 6th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Q: Has the [tabloid] media ever gotten anything right about you?

A: Some things. And sometimes their criticism was right, too. I'm not perfect. I'm sure I've made mistakes.

She should write a biography, she's lead a very interesting and intriguing life...it would probably be a best seller!

May 6th, 2006, 06:09 PM
love the interview thx

May 7th, 2006, 05:14 PM
Anna in Atlanta



May 7th, 2006, 10:43 PM
Pleeeease, Anna! Oprah???! :tape: :rolleyes:

Oh well, at least Anna never adopted the bad speech habits of Americans, unlike some of the other Russian girls, including a few of my favorites. Altho' the worst in that category was the Swiss Miss. Martina used to drive me crazy in her interviews --- she could say "like, you know," five times in a single sentence! :o

And I've always admired the way Anna could handle the press, especially the reporters who couldn't take a hint. :smash:

May 8th, 2006, 03:27 PM
New pics





May 9th, 2006, 03:23 PM

Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias are seen during Game 1 of the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs between the New Jersey Nets and the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Monday, May 8, 2006. (AP Photo/J.Pat Carter)

May 18th, 2006, 03:50 PM

Hi, everybody:

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Boston and Atlanta.

In Boston I attended the Boys and Girls Clubs Of America Alumni Hall Of Fame induction ceremony which was held during their 100th Annual National conference. It was sucha wonderfula event and it was amazing being in the same room with over 3000 people that has the same passion as I do for the kids at all of the clubs.

From Boston, i went to Atlanta for a few days. I was there attending a recption for the first (Adidas) Y-3 store in Buckhead. As most of you know from my journal postings I am a huge fan of Yohji Yamamoto's and have been to a number of Y-3 fashion shows in the past couple of years so it was great to be able to visit the store and support Adidas.

While in Atlanta I also played in the Mercedes Benz Classic with Jim Courier, john McEnroe, and Jana Novotna. As always I always have so much fun playing with Jim, John, and Jana and it is always great to be back on the court in front of my fans!

Next I am off to New York for a photo shoot for ELLE Magazine Russia. So keep a look for it in the near future.

I will check in again soon and hope everyone is cool.

Anna K.

May 23rd, 2006, 03:03 PM
Henman gets all Korny


http://images.thesun.co.uk/picture/0,,2006231297,00.jpghttp://images.thesun.co.uk/images/trans.gifhttp://images.thesun.co.uk/images/trans.gifPERFECT PARTNER ... Henman welcomes Anna to London

NO wonder Tim Henman was Russian to make it on court yesterday — he had a date with Anna Kournikova.

Henman, 31, and top tennis babe Kournikova, 24, teamed up in London for the Ariel Ace finals day.

Twenty youngsters from five regional heats got to hit with the two stars as the grassroots campaign to help find Britain’s future whizkids came to a head.

The 10 overall winners now go on to enjoy a masterclass with Boris Becker during Wimbledon and a trip to a training camp at La Manga in Spain.

As for Henman, he has admitted he considered retirement during his year-long struggle with injury.

But Britain’s No 3 is now fit after back and shoulder problems.

He admitted: “There were question-marks over whether this was what I wanted to keep doing. That’s not the case now, though. How, if and when I retire, I’ve no idea.”

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Jun 7th, 2006, 02:47 PM

Happy 25th!!

the cat
Jun 8th, 2006, 11:31 PM
Happy 25th birthday Anna! :D :bdaycake: :aparty: I miss Anna alot and so does the WTA Tour. :sad: I hope she's happy and enjoying life. :) It seems likes she is.

Jun 9th, 2006, 12:00 AM
Anna is 25.. Can't really believe it.. I still remember when I saw her first on TV.. RG 1996, playing Hingis in the third round, I believe.. She was just 15.. Well, I was younger too.. :lol:

Jun 14th, 2006, 03:20 PM

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova look on during Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami, Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Jun 21st, 2006, 03:15 PM

ROSIE PEREZ: We'd like to welcome Anna Kournikova, back for her fourth year with World Team Tennis, second year with the Sacramento Capitals, playing five matches this summer, one in Sacramento, four on the road, one in Delaware, one in New York, one in Boston and one in St. Louis.

We'll go ahead and start with questions.

Q. Have you ever been to Delaware before? Do you know where it is? A lot of people have trouble finding it on the map.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I think I'm one of those people. No, but I don't think we've ever played there. It will be a new place to visit.

Q. What have you been doing in the last year and how is your health? Any particular part that you're trying to rehab?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, the physical aspect of it is that it's not something in particular that I've been rehabbing, but I have a bad back. I have a chronic spinal lumbar dysfunction. That's the proper name for it. It's not one of those things that bothers you on a day-to-day basis. If I exercise a little too much, it does bother me. The main problem is if I start training for like six hours a day on a professional level, that's when it's really troubled. If I exercise one or two hours a day, it doesn't bother me at all.

We'll see. I really don't know how to fix that problem as of right now. If I would have known, I would have already come back and played.

Q. World Team Tennis must fit in pretty well.


Q. It's competitive, but it's not a level that it sounds like it would bother.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: It's very competitive, but it's at a level for me physically personally that it's very short amount of time. My back doesn't start to get bad. The problem with injury that I have is that playing on tour, you have to be -- you have to play every week tournaments and travel constantly, playing every single day. With Team Tennis, I can just play a few matches and start really preparing for it a short time before. It doesn't give me enough time to completely get hurt or like to bother me.

Q. Are you at a point where you're kind of thinking WTA-level tennis is something that you're not really able to play right now? Are you thinking long-term? What are some of your goals? Do you hope to get back to it if you can unlock whatever the problem is exactly?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, it's very hard to say right now. I don't know exactly what the goal is right now. I'm just kind of taking a break, taking it a day or month at a time. Believe me, if I would have -- I would like to know also. If I would have known, I already would have made some kind of statement or announcement or something because, as you can imagine, I get these questions all the time. It's also very hard for me. Really, I want to be honest and I don't want to, you know, raise anybody's expectations or even my expectations, give any kind of time frame just yet.

Q. Team Tennis is a fun concept. The fans that come out to see you get a personal look at you guys, loud music. Is that one of the reasons that you do it, because of the fun? Obviously, someone in your position, you don't really need the money. Is it also a situation where a lot of you girls like to thank Billie Jean King for what she's done to tennis?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Oh, absolutely. I think she's just a legend. There's no other words to describe her, what she has done on and off the court. For me personally, it's a great opportunity to play Team Tennis. Like you described, it's fun, but at the same time it's very competitive. We all get into the team spirit, just going for it. It's always a great atmosphere.

For me personally, it's just a great way to be on the court again. Like I said before, it's a short amount of time. I can really have fun on the court and play because I do miss it very much. To be in front of the fans, play great tennis, there's a gazillion reasons why I love it.

Q. It's also a chance for you guys to get to some places that don't have a regular WTA event, come out and actually see some of the great players in tennis, get a personal look at you guys.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Absolutely. It's great that Team Tennis, the teams are in cities that normally don't have tournaments or big tournaments. It is a great opportunity for fans to come out and see great players. It's a great opportunity for me to travel the country, too, to places where I probably normally wouldn't go because there's no tennis tournaments. I actually took a friend of mine last year on the road with us because she's never been anywhere in America. It was a great way for her to just see and visit different cities, like completely different than you would normally go to, get a taste of real America.

Q. You are one of the women, you hear it all the time, Anna Kournikova never won a title, but you probably have done more for the awareness of women's tennis other than Billie Jean King.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, it's all her.

Q. Late think this week in the paper, John McEnroe has come out again and said that he could beat the top player on the women's tour with no problem. What is his point, do you think? Do you think it would be a good idea for Lindsay Davenport to play John McEnroe?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I think he probably could beat any player in the world right now. At the end of the day, I take the position that men are men and they're just obviously physically stronger. I mean, there's no question about it.

But at the same time I think -- I think that John is just great and controversy. He likes it in a good way. I do think that -- it's obvious that I know that men are much stronger physically. Especially someone like John who is still at an amazing level. I play exhibitions and charity matches with him all the time. He's in incredible shape. He's in great shape. I think he could win.

Q. Last year you came to Sac. They kind of rushed you in and out. Did you get a chance to spend any time here at all and how did our city treat you?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, the fans were amazing. We had a great time. I really didn't get the chance to see the city. Like you said, we were kind of rushed in and out. Hopefully maybe this time around I will get to spend some more time there. I'm not sure about the exact schedule yet, when we're getting there and when we're leaving.

I mean, it's always -- the best part of it is playing in front of the home crowd.

Q. I realize you need to go to all these different cities, but you do play for the Capitals here in Sacramento. Why only one home match? Is that something you would have to talk to your people?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Oh, I'm not sure. The team schedules who plays where. That's something you would have to talk to the team's representative. I really just get the schedule, five matches, that's it.

Q. Besides this year's World Team Tennis, any new projects in the works for you other than tennis?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: There's a bunch of projects that I'm working on. There's a few things that I'm involved in. I don't just sit around. I like working. I like being active. I like kind of trying new things. I like to keep busy.

Q. Anything in the movies?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, not professionally. If something fun comes along or right, but definitely not something I'm looking at as a career.

Q. How have fans treated you over the last year when you go on tour? Pretty nice, autographs, do you get heckled all?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Just a little.

Q. For the most part, they're pretty nice?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Oh, they're very nice. They're always very nice, definitely.

Q. The reason I ask, last year Martina Navratilova was here playing against the Delaware Smash, and I think some fans were giving them a hard time. She wound up giving them the finger. I don't know if that's something you ever deal with or would ever happen to you.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: No, I wouldn't say never. There's bound to be some weird incidents. But it's not like you take anything personal. I mean, sportsfans are sportsfans. They're rooting for somebody or whatever. It's absolutely normal.

It's great that they get involved. It's great that they're so actively, you know, just having fun and are into the games or whatever sport they're watching. I think it's awesome.

Q. I believe you are Delaware Smash's opening match. They're having a look-alike promotion.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah, I heard about that.

Q. Do you get to do the judging or how does that work?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I think so, but I'm not really exactly sure about the concept. I know that it's for girls between 6 and 16. It's for girls, so that should be fun. It will be cute to see all of them dressed up in their little skirts.

Q. Have you done that before? It sounds like an interesting concept.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Yeah, I think I've done that a bunch of times somewhere.

Q. Boston is getting excited to have you out here.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I can't wait to go back to Boston. I always have a great time there.

Q. I was wondering what kind of history you have with your teammates and if you worked with coach Wayne Bryan before, what kind of relationship you have there.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, he was our coach last year also. He's just an amazing person. He's so much fun. It's just really like so enthusiastic, I can't describe. But he's great for the game. He's a wonderful, nice, sweet person.

My team actually, it couldn't be any better for me. I'm playing with one of my best friends, Elena Likhovtseva. I literally grew up with her. We had a blast on the road last year. I'm sure we'll have it this year. Also Mark Knowles, I grew up with him also playing on the tour mixed doubles, a million times. I played a bunch of Grand Slams with him mixed doubles. I got to know pretty well Sam last year, too, and Nicole. She was sweet also. The only new girl is the Russian girl who I've never met or even know about. I don't know anything about her.

I really am happy with my team. It's literally like a happy road trip.

Q. What was your experience last year with the Sacramento team? What made you want to come back and do it again?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Well, the experience was great. Like I said, there's a gazillion reasons for me playing Team Tennis. I really enjoy and have fun with my team. It's a great opportunity for me to be on the court again because I don't get those opportunities very often any more.

Q. You helped create awareness for women's tennis. It's grown so much since you started. How do you feel as a pioneer and what do you think of these up-and-coming athletes on your team this year?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I really don't want to take the credit for starting anything. It's kind of strange, I don't know. It's just great to see the sport evolve so much. I'm just really happy for women's sports in general.

Well, speaking of the young players, I've only seen Nicole those few matches that we played last year, but she seemed like she knows what she's doing. The other young Russian girl, I don't know her. I've never seen her.

Q. You'll be heading up here to lobster country in July.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I love Boston. I can't wait to go back. I always have a great time there.

Q. You brought up Nicole Vaidisova's name, your injury, you don't know whether or not it's going to allow you to come back on court. You have a front row seat seeing Nicole, up-and-coming. You get to see the up-and-coming game right there live. What do you think about it? If you were to come back, how do you think your game would translate in today's game?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I mean, obviously the game and tennis, since I stopped playing three years ago, I'm sure it's completely changed and moved forward, progressed. At the same time there's basics, the court is still the same. The most important is to just really focus on yourself when you're playing and when you're trying to achieve something, always not to be worried how the other person is playing or what they're doing. I think you just have to know your weapons and weaknesses and judge on that and work on those things.

Q. With Martina Hingis coming out of retirement, may that inspire some thoughts in you to also return to the tour?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: It definitely sparked my curiosity. It would be so cool. At the same time I look at it realistically. I only want to come back if a hundred percent both physically and mentally. I'm happy and excited for her to be back because she has so much more to give to the game. It's also great for fans to have her back and for younger players to learn and watch here because she's an incredible and true talent.

Q. I would be remiss if I didn't ask you about your Miami Heat Game 6.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Finally somebody asked.

Q. What can we expect in Game 6, Shaq and Wade?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: Oh, God, I don't know. I just hope something will happen. Oh, my God, the last game was so -- such a dramatic game. We were going crazy.

Hopefully we can win. Hopefully nobody will expect, because it's always the underdog at away games. Hopefully there will be a little miracle today.

Q. Have you had a chance to meet Mark Cuban?


Q. Wild guy.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I don't know.

Q. When you're in Delaware, it's going to be the same weekend as The Championships at Wimbledon. How do you think you'll feel?

ANNA KOURNIKOVA: I'll feel normal. I'll feel like I want to win and beat you guys.

ROSIE PEREZ: Thank you all so much for calling.


Yellow Moon
Jun 22nd, 2006, 03:51 PM
Thought these may cheer U up:


Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:42 PM
Anna was spotted yesterday in South Beach food shopping.

"Anna Kournikova, fresh from the gym, doin' some grocery shoppin'. Wild Oats on South Beach. Wearing tight running pants and an oversize A-line tee, with cascading blond hair, natch. Hittin' the gym musta put Ms. K. in calorie-conscious mood, as Anna was stockin' up on fruits and veggies. "Tiny yet strong arms on her," noted my pinching spy, noting how A.K. hefted a watermelon to her cart. Lusciously hot!"


Jun 23rd, 2006, 03:48 PM
Service with a smile: Anna knows how to court fans
By Michael Felger (mfelger@bostonherald.com)
Boston Herald Patriots Beat Columnist


Jul 7th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Anna Kournikova is:

a) A talented player who never lived up to her potential.

b) A shrewd and very rich businesswoman.

c) Hot.

d) All of the above. :wavey:

e) Who cares?

You probably already know the answer (d), although there are probably plenty of people who would scornfully say "e." Not many of them are males, however.

Kournikova made her first visit to the First State on Thursday (she described Delaware as "tranquil'') when her Sacramento Something-or-Others met the Smash in a World TeamTennis match at the AstraZeneca Tennis Facility.

Kournikova, whose persistent back problems forced her off the WTA tour a few years ago, played women's doubles and mixed doubles for Sacramento and lost both matches on tiebreakers as the Smash won its opener 25-13.

She played hot and cold, making several nice shots, but also making several bad errors.

And even though Kournikova is "c" and an international star who can cause a sensation in Cannes, she couldn't sell out Fairfax. She played in front of a crowd of 2,150, but there were about 50 empty seats.

And it's not like she snuck up on us. Over the last decade, Kournikova's face and body have been featured on countless magazine covers, calendars, posters, Web sites, you name it. In fact, doing our civic duty, we here at The News Journal have taken advantage of Kournikova's first visit to Delaware, putting her picture on the front page of our sports section the last two days.

What, you want Charlie Manuel?

Kournikova was once a rising star on the women's tour. When her looks and sex appeal -- and her willingness to exploit them -- pushed her to superstardom, many people forgot that she was a world-class athlete. And there aren't many of us who can say that.

And Kournikova would like to be one again, even though she knows her balky back won't permit it. When Kournikova was asked if she'd return to the rigors of the regular tour, the endless training and the constant travel, if her back problems disappeared, she didn't even wait for the question to be finished before answering "Definitely.''

"I miss it,'' she said in a pre-match press conference that, keeping with the nature of things, featured three reporters and 10 photographers, all to shoot somebody sitting in a chair.

When asked what she missed the most, Kournikova smiled.

"Just in general,'' she said. "Once you have that feeling of being on the court and feel that adrenaline rush ... just that feeling. It's very irreplaceable. Once you feel it, it's hard to replace it. ... Nothing's like playing in front of 10,000 people, in an important game, an important point, always on the edge ...

"You miss it all the time. It's just there.''

Fortunately, she has international fame and multimillions of dollars to help her deal with the disappointment. She's content to play an occasional WTT match and tend to her many business interests.

"I look at it realistically. This is what I can do right now,'' she said.

Kournikova also looked at it realistically when she realized early in her career that she could make more money off the court than she could on it. She was criticized for not focusing more on her game, but right now she's very famous and she's very rich and she's 25.

That's why Kournikova said that, in balance, she's satisfied with the way her career and life have turned out so far.

"Tennis has given me everything,'' she said, "and considering where I came from, I literally had nothing.

"I wouldn't have the life I have now, I wouldn't be the person I am,'' she added. "And I don't take anything for granted.''

Jul 10th, 2006, 03:26 PM


The Tennis Ace from Russia with Love:
Anna Kournikova
Netting Gorgeous Enrique Is Not The Only Reason Why Life Is Smashing For The Blonde Bombshell.

Wimbledon is upon us and with it an appetite for strawberries and cream and the smell of freshly cut grass. While England's tennis championship conjures up images od idyllic summer afternoons sipping Pimm's and basking in the sunshine, the game itself is often synonymous with Russian firecracker Anna Kournikova.
Tough Anna, 25, retired from professional tennis three years ago, the image of her long ponytail shimmering in the sun and her fantastic physique clad in only the skimpiest of tennis whites has become an iconic image of the sport.
As OK! chats to Anna, she's troroughly enjoying life, which no doubt has a lot to do with her long-termn boyfriend Enrique Iglesias. And tough Anna is just a spectator this time around at Wimbledon, she's still hard at work busily gettin involved with Ariel's Championship White campaign - a search for the next generationg of tennis stars. Here Ann reveals how she's happy as Larry with Enrique, shares her diet and fitness secrets, and tell us why she's not bothered about being a sex symbol...

- You're looking very happy at the moment, Anna - we presume it's because of your relationship with the gorgeous Enrique...
Anna: I am definitely very happy at the moment! But I think the trick of keeping it good and healthy is not discussing it in public. I have certain thing that I want to keep quiet because it's very personal. I've always been quite protective of my personal life and made a decision a long time ago to keep it secret.

- Do you think that's the secret to a good celebrity relationship?
Anna: I think the secret it whatever works for that person.

- You've been together for quite a while now - have you any plans to start a family?
Anna: Some day I hope so, but I'm only 25 years old so I'm still quite young. We'll see...

- You're looking amazing as usual - are you following a particular diet?
Anna: Not really, I don't think. I eat right and I exercise a lot and play tennis. I like sport beucase I love the feeling I get from it - it makes me feel so good.

- You became a pin-up very early on in your career - where you ever prepared for all the attention?
Anna: I don't think anyone can ever prepare you for being thrown into that sort of world and to be the centre of so much media attention when you're ten years old.

- Did you ever feel being seen as a sex symbol got in the way of people viewing you as a professional athlete?
Anna: No, I don't think it ever got in the way. I suppose people just wanted to write something about me. It happens to most in the public eye.

- You also came in live for some pretty harsh criticism about yout capabilities as a tennis player - that must have been pretty horrible...
Anna: Of course it bothered me a little bit but it's not something I thought about every day and it isn't the sort of thing that made me worry or cry. All of the stuff that gets written doesn't bother me at all. It's how you are on the inside that counts.

- You've said you're open to trying new things - what sort of things have you been trying your hand at?
Anna: Oh, just a bunch of really different things. I never used to have the opportunity to do anything beside play tennis and be on the road 24/7. But now whether it's reading classics or being on the beach or working with kids, it's all really exciting. It's all about experiencing new things and building my character. I am still playing tennis, though, and working with charities.

- Wimbledon is upon us again and you've been supporting Arial Tennis Ace campaign. Why were you so keen to get involved?
Anna: It was a great project to be involved with because it's focused on children. It's really important to get them interested in sport and leading healthier lifestyles. I think that sport teaches children valuable lessons that they can apply to life. It's a great campaign and I'm thrilled to be involved.

Jul 10th, 2006, 05:08 PM
thx GL nice interview!

Jul 12th, 2006, 03:29 PM
Anna got a huge photo spread in today's NY Post-

July 12, 2006 -- Anna Kournikova has gone from doubles to singles.

The once-curvy tennis star and pinup girl showed off a frighteningly thin new physique over the weekend at a tennis tournament in Boston - with her muscles and veins as tightly strung as her racket.

The beautiful blonde is playing with the minor-league World Team Tennis tour, after chronic back injuries forced her out of the Women's Tennis Association circuit.

Kournikova, 25, has hinted at trying to return to the more prestigious tour - if she can get back into shape. But her dramatic weight loss has robbed her of the voluptuous form that graced the covers of Sports Illustrated and Maxim.

In the June issue of her contributing column for Elle magazine, Kournikova admits she's gotten scary-skinny since she left the WTA. But the beauty claims her bony body is a more natural look for her.

"I'm naturally long, lean, and lanky," she says. "When I was playing tennis on the professional circuit, my body completely changed. For nearly 15 years, I spent six hours a day on the court in a crouch."

And she says the strenuous workout resulted in her famous full figure.

"Now, almost three years have passed since I was on the court full-time, and my body has changed again," Kournikova says, adding that much to her dismay, she is much less bulky now.

As part of her supposed regimen to get back in tip-top tennis shape, Kournikova teamed up with Miami trainer Shihan Moti Horenstein, who taught her an Israeli martial art called Krav Maga.

"It teaches you how to defend yourself in a situation when you're being attacked," Horenstein, 41, said of the strict discipline dubbed "survival of the fittest."

In addition to full days playing tennis and working out, Horenstein says Kournikova trained for up to an hour and fifteen minutes at Krav Maga and did cardiovascular routines.

"She would do whatever she does, which included playing tennis and working out with another trainer, and then, in addition, she'd do this," he says. "Two or three times a week, I'd train her on how to fight back when she's being held by the throat, back, side or front. I'd teach her what to do when she's attacked."

Back problems haven't slowed down the star, the trainer says. "We did a lot of cardio, including hitting pads . . . and also punches. Squats are essential for putting yourself under pressure and avoiding freezing. The point is to eliminate freezing and instead, going straight into action," Horenstein says. And he said there's no way Anna could be starving herself.

Jul 13th, 2006, 02:46 PM
Anna's new journal entry -

On the Road with World Team Tennis Hi Everybody:

I just returned from a five day road trip where I played my first three matches for World Team Tennis. I always have so much fun playing WTT as it gets me back on the court and in front of the fans again. The format of WTT is really great for me because it really allows me to still compete without the strain on my body that is needed to play on a professional level. I love that people can come out and really enjoy the match and get involved as we play! And of course I love being on the court.

I started in Wilmington, Delaware on July 6th where we played against the Delaware Smash. I played mixed doubles with Sam Warburg against Angela Haynes /Tres Davis and doubles with Bethany Mattek (who was a sub player for Elena Likhovtseva while Elena finished up at Wimbledon) against Angela Haynes/Mariaan deSwardt. Unfortunately Bethany hurt her ankle during her singles match… I hope she feels better soon. Caps 13/Smash 25.

From Delaware we drove to New York to play the NY Sportimes on July 8th. I again played mixed doubles with Sam Warburg. We played against David Martin/Ashley Harkleroad and doubles with Abigail Spears (who was the sub player for Bethany Mattek – who was hurt in Delaware) against Ashley Harkleroad/Vladka Uhlirova. With the score tied Abi and I played the super tiebreaker, which was really exciting! Caps 19/Sportimes 18.

Next it was on to Boston to play the Lobsters on July 9th. Coach Bryan (not to mention the father of the Bob and Mike Bryan - Wimbledon men’s doubles champions) decided to switch it up and I played mixed doubles with my old partner Mark Knowles who had just flown in from Wimbledon where he played and won the longest doubles match in Grand Slam history… 6 hours 9 minutes. We played against Amir Hadad/Nicole Pratt and again played doubles with Abi Spears against Kristen Schlukebir/Nicole Prat. Caps 18/Lobsters 24.

It was so great to be part of a team with such a wonderful people. I got spend time with old friends as well as meet some new up and coming players. I feel such team spirit because we all get along so well and have so much fun on court!

I am now at home resting for a few days before we hit St. Louis and Sacramento next week.

Again if anyone is interested in coming out to any of the matches check out the websites listed below for tickets. I hope to see some of you there!


WTT Schedule

Monday – July 17, 2006 - Sacramento Capitals at St. Louis Aces
Wednesday – July 19, 2006 - Sacramento Capitals vs. Springfield Lasers

Jul 20th, 2006, 02:52 PM
Tawdry tabloids, and a little tennis, too

Anna Kournikova is a mainstream celeb - with all the highs and lows

By Tim Casey -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:01 am PDT Wednesday, July 19, 2006

As reports of her weight loss recently surfaced in gossip pages worldwide, leading to rumors of an eating disorder, Anna Kournikova responded through her column in Elle magazine.


Wrote Kournikova: "I'm naturally long, lean and lanky. … For nearly 15 years, I spent six hours a day on the court. … Now, almost three years have passed since I was on the court full-time, and my body has changed again."

Kournikova explained at a Tuesday news conference at the Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa in Carmichael that her new, sleek look is because of the back injury that knocked her out of the WTA Tour in 2003.

Now playing tennis every other day and working out less, Kournikova says she has lost muscle tone.

"I'm just not working out as much," she said, wearing a black adidas outfit. "It's a different kind of workout. I'm not spending so many hours on the court anymore."

The recent tabloid headlines reinforced two inalienable truths.

When it pertains to celebrities, no subject is off limits.

And, although she hasn't played a WTA Tour match since 2003, Kournikova remains an A-list star.

Tonight, The Anna Show comes to Sacramento when Kournikova competes for the Capitals against the Springfield Lasers, her only home match of the World TeamTennis season. Not surprisingly, team officials expect a sellout of 4,300.

Most fans likely aren't coming to see the Capitals, Lasers or even tennis. Many eyes at Allstate Stadium at Sunrise Mall will focus on the 25-year-old Russian blonde who long ago crossed into the mainstream.

In December, Yahoo released its list of the 10 most popular sports search terms of 2005. Kournikova was seventh. The six above her? NFL, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, NBA, Maria Sharapova and Dallas Cowboys.

Last week, the Capitals had a full crowd when Pete Sampras played. It'll be a different scene tonight.

"She has a broader appeal (than Sampras)," Capitals co-owner Ben Combs said. "I joked around when we got her. She appeals to men from 9 to 90. She creates a buzz."

By now, the Capitals are accustomed to the hoopla surrounding Kournikova. This is her second season with Sacramento and fourth in WTT.

She has played four road matches in the past two weeks. In each city, shrieking fans asked for autographs and photographs and generally did anything to be in her presence.

Tuesday night at Arden Hills, Kournikova attended a sponsor's event, mingled with fans and attended a fashion show.

"She gets chased around all the time," Capitals coach Wayne Bryan said. "She's probably the most recognizable woman athlete in the world."

Still, Bryan insists the incessant attention hasn't given Kournikova an out-of-control ego.

Kournikova interacts easily with her teammates and has strong ties to two Capitals -- countrywoman Elena Likhovtseva and Mark Knowles, her mixed doubles partner while on tour.

Plus, it's an easygoing group, making her transition easier.

Driving together in a van from the St. Louis airport to the Ritz-Carlton on Monday, the Capitals played a game of "Name That Tune." Bryan had CDs from Rod Stewart and Ray Charles and asked the players, Kournikova included, to identify the songs.

"We like to have a lot of fun, a lot of laughs," Bryan said. "And she just fits in. She really enjoys it all. She's just one of the gang, you know?"

As for her tennis? Once as high as eighth in the world in singles, Kournikova plays only doubles now, partnering with Knowles and Likhovtseva.

Kournikova has not officially retired. She plays tennis and works out a few times a week near her home in Miami, still hopeful of returning to the WTA Tour. Martina Hingis' comeback late last year after battling ankle injuries inspired Kournikova.

"It definitely sparked my curiosity," Kournikova said. "It would be so cool. At the same time, I look at it realistically. I only want to come back if I'm 100 percent, both physically and mentally."

She's neither now and likely won't have another chance to strengthen her on-court reputation.

Criticized for never winning a singles title, Kournikova confounded tennis pros. She dazzled them with her athleticism and ability. At the same time, they questioned her dedication and strategy.

In 2002, she hired former top-10 pro Harold Solomon as her coach, a sign to many that she finally was serious about winning and learning how to construct a game plan. Still, she already was experiencing back pain and never regained her health.

"There's no question the talent was there," Solomon said in a telephone interview from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he runs a junior tennis academy. "She never played high-percentage tennis. She went for her shots all the time. But she had some of the best hands in women's tennis, and she was quick.

"She was very capable, very talented. When she was on, she was one of the best. Who knows what could have happened?"

Kournikova already might have reached her tennis peak. Her popularity, though, doesn't appear to be diminishing.

She dates Latin pop singer Enrique Iglesias. She sits courtside at sporting events. She appears in the tabloids.

She's experiencing the glamorous life of a celebrity. And, judging from the recent unsubstantiated rumors, she knows all too well about the trappings that come with her status.

"I really am not sure," she said of her continued popularity. "There's an incredible, abnormal amount of obsession with tabloids and stuff like that. Maybe that's part of it. But hopefully I can use (the attention) in a positive, good way."

Springfield at Capitals

Today: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Allstate Stadium at Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights.

Capitals roster: Mark Knowles, Anna Kournikova, Elena Likhovtseva, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Sam Warburg.

Springfield Lasers roster: Victoria Azarenka, Nick Monroe, Andreea Vanc and Alex Vlaski.

Tickets: $25-$99.50. Call (916) 638-4001 or visit www.saccapitals.com (http://www.saccapitals.com/) for information.

About the writer:

The Bee's Tim Casey can be reached at (916) 326-5510 or tcasey@sacbee.com (tcasey@sacbee.com).

Jul 20th, 2006, 02:53 PM
The net result? Anna charming

By Tim Casey -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:01 am PDT Thursday, July 20, 2006

Anna Kournikova has spent less than three days in Sacramento. Ever. And yet, she's already sold on the city, its passionate fan base and her Capitals teammates.

A marketing ploy? Perhaps, considering her promotional skills.

Still, she seemed genuinely pleased with her second stop here.

In her only appearance this summer at Allstate Stadium at Sunrise Mall, Kournikova received a hearty welcome Wednesday from an announced crowd of 4,123.

Kournikova split her two sets, winning 5-3 in mixed doubles with Mark Knowles and losing 5-3 in women's doubles with Elena Likhovtseva as the Capitals defeated the Springfield Lasers 19-17.

Sacramento (7-3) pulled within one-half game of firstplace Springfield (7-2) in the Western Conference of World TeamTennis.

Despite her popularity, Kournikova's appearance didn't create chaos. With two security guards flanking Kournikova, most fans gave her space, even when she signed 50 autographs afterward.

Before Kournikova returned her first serve, one male fan screamed, "Let's go, Anna," although "Let's go, Caps" chants were more prevalent. And several fans took photos of Kournikova while she served for the first time, causing the public address announcer to warn, "No flash photography during the serve."

There were no more interruptions.

"It's so cool," said Kournikova, who hasn't played on the WTA Tour since 2003 because of a back injury. "There's so much support. … It was very laid-back. Everyone was just so nice."

Last summer, Kournikova spent less than 24 hours in Sacramento. For this match, she arrived Tuesday afternoon and attended a sponsors' event, news conference and fashion show.

Sitting at a dais with her teammates, Kournikova displayed her bubbly, outgoing personality. She joked that Knowles, a good friend, was her boyfriend. (For the record, Kournikova is still dating Enrique Iglesias, while Knowles and his wife have a 10-month-old son.) She also discussed traveling with the Capitals, riding in a van and interacting with people she respects.

"I really have a great time doing this," said Kournikova, who reached eighth in the world in singles but never won a WTA singles tournament. "I miss (tennis) a lot. It's been 90 percent of my life. … But at the same time, it's a great time for me to experience and try new things and discover new passions."

Among her off-court activities, she works with the Boys and Girls Clubs, writes a column for Elle magazine and shoots episodes of a health and fitness television show for high school students.

She still dabbles in tennis, competing in charity and exhibition matches and practicing every other day for about an hour. She played four WTT road matches this summer and concluded her shortened season Wednesday.

Kournikova was scheduled to play in a four-game prematch exhibition against the "Rise Guys" from KHTK (1140 AM) -- F.P. Santangelo, Whitey Gleason and The Phantom. But Kournikova arrived late, so Likhovtseva replaced her for the first two games.

Capitals coach Wayne Bryan then asked Kournikova to play the third game, but she said she wasn't ready. So, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova took her place before Kournikova subbed in for the final game.

Kournikova was a good sport, allowing "The Phantom" to take five serves on one point and hitting her return left-handed. At the end, she hugged her partner, 14-year-old Sammy Lee of El Dorado Hills.

"It was a lot of fun," Lee said. "She was really nice."

When the real match began, Kournikova took it seriously, even swearing during mixed doubles.

"She said 'fudge,' " an official cracked.

All in all, the night had a lighthearted feel. Kournikova played. She mingled. And she likely won even more admirers with her glowing review of Sacramento.

About the writer:

The Bee's Tim Casey can be reached at (916) 326-5510 or tcasey@sacbee.com (tcasey@sacbee.com).


Anna Kournikova split her sets Wednesday night in her only appearance in Sacramento this season. She won in mixed doubles and lost in women's doubles. Sacramento Bee/Florence Low

Jul 22nd, 2006, 02:43 PM
Here's an Anna areticle from Sacramento.
It says Anna is learning to cook.
Cooking is fun. Start simple. Eggs, then try spaghetti.
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Anna Kournikova article from SI
i don't know if this was posted before, if it was sorry lol. I think this is a very well written article, in wchich Anna comes across very well.

By Michael Silver, SI.com

Meticulously slicing a juicy red apple while gripping a knife with her long, slender fingers, Anna Kournikova smiles as she prepares to reveal her latest indulgence. The sexiest athlete in the history of women's sports is discussing what it's like, at 25, to be retired -- well, that's not what she calls it, because she hasn't ruled out a comeback -- and now she's flashing those perfect white teeth and preparing to devour the fruit of her labor.

"I read like crazy," she says, becoming visibly excited. "Magazines, short stories, books -- especially when I'm on an airplane or the treadmill or the exercise bike. Lately I've been into summer chick-lit, lighthearted stuff. And I'm into all kinds of magazines, from Vogue to O to Good Housekeeping. Yesterday on the plane I was reading [a Good Housekeeping cover story] about Rachael Ray and her recipes. Hey, I'm home a lot now, and I want to start learning how to cook."

Good Housekeeping? Good Lord. This is ANNA KOURNIKOVA, she of the haute couture and the nude stalkers and the sassy bravado, the fall of Russian Communism brought to its conspicuous extreme. Now here she is, sitting in a hotel suite in suburban Sacramento, where in a few hours she'll play a World Team Tennis match, telling me about her woeful inability to co-mingle with celebrities ("I've been to like three Hollywood parties, and the last one was after the Teen Choice Awards last year, and everybody was under the age of 21") and her forays into a life of domesticity.

What happened to the impetuous girl whose "Anna-tude" inspired one of the Sports Illustrated stories I've most enjoyed writing? In 1998 I profiled Kournikova, and the interview ended with the young beauty throwing her head back while sitting in the passenger seat of a Mustang convertible, the California desert wind whipping her long, blonde hair across her tanned face as she commanded: "I have a lot of boyfriends -- I want you to write that. Every country I visit, I have a different boyfriend. And I kiss them all."

The answer, as I would come to learn during our hour-long conversation on Wednesday, is that she grew up. The Kournikova I met in the spring of 1998 was 16 and very much aware of her bursting-at-the-seams potential, both on and off the tennis court. She would ultimately deliver more as a celebrity than as a champion -- how many of you have already fired off e-mails reminding me that Kournikova never won a tournament on the WTA Tour (which is like noting that Mike Shanahan has never won a Super Bowl without John Elway)? -- but I am not hearing any of this garbage that she wasn't a legitimate player.

As I recalled during our conversation on Wednesday, the week after my Kournikova story ran, at what was then called the Lipton Tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. (unofficially dubbed the "fifth major" at the time), Anna became the first player in history to defeat three top 10 players in a single event ...

"Four," Kournikova corrected.

Right, four top 10 players, before letting a fellow teenager looking for her first title named Venus Williams off the hook and losing a three-set final. A few months later, at a pre-Wimbledon tournament, Kournikova defeated Steffi Graf ...

"On grass, with three torn ligaments in my right hand," Kournikova interjected. "I fell at three-all in the third set and ripped up my hand and finished the match. I was only the second player to beat her on grass in the '90s."

The injury forced Kournikova, who had been a Wimbledon semifinalist at the age of 15, to withdraw from that tournament, and a series of other injuries (foot, back, thumb) kept her from possibly approaching the heights reached by contemporaries Martina Hingis and Venus and Serena Williams. By 2003 Kournikova had been diagnosed with chronic spinal lumbar dysfunction, "where your S1 joints always move and one hip is higher than the other," she says.

Severely limited in her practice sessions and wearing leg lifts in her shoes during matches, Kournikova stopped playing tournaments in May 2003. She hasn't officially retired, a sign that she has not given up on a possible return. "To do it, I'd have to be able to give 100 percent effort," she says, meaning she'd need to undergo some form of corrective surgery, a possibility she has discussed with various doctors.

She admits that her interest has been stimulated as of late, especially with the recent return of Hingis, with whom she won the 2002 Australian Open doubles title. After two years of basically ignoring the tour, Kournikova says, she has started watching the occasional match on television, checking up on results via the Internet and discussing tennis with her friends.

"No, I haven't [ruled out a return]," she says. "I really don't know whether I will or won't. That's why I don't want to make an announcement that I'm retired; I don't want to be one of those people who says they're quitting and then goes back on it. It's definitely interesting, though."

What's more interesting is the way Kournikova has stepped back from her once-hectic world and come to appreciate just how bizarre and intense her personal journey has been. A Moscow tennis prodigy who relocated to America at the age of 10, she was an internationally-known sex symbol before legally becoming an adult, complete with a much-older boyfriend (Russian hockey star Sergei Fedorov) and millions in sponsorship and prize money. Her mother, Alla, only 18 years Anna's senior, traveled with her most of the time, but Alla's English was poor and the spoils of Western culture and celebrity were a shock to both Kournikovas' systems.

"Going through puberty in front of the public, it's kind of weird and strange and fun and exciting," Anna says now. "And scary, especially me coming from Russia, back then, in the '90s, when it was still so new -- everything, for me, was like a candy store. My mom was young, and we were like the test cases going through all these experiences; there was no rule book for us to follow. A lot of people took advantage of us, and we had to be guarded at times, and there were people pulling us in different directions constantly. My mom did the best she could, but it was tough.

"It's not like I'm complaining, though. I'm very blessed. I'm financially independent, and I like to think I grew up into a strong-minded woman who is open to trying new things."

I asked how her love life is, and she looked taken aback, as if her relationship with singer Enrique Iglesias hasn't spawned a thousand gossip items. They've been together for more than four years, and though Kournikova says they have no imminent plans to marry -- "I don't think we're gonna go there," she says -- she seems thrilled with the current state of affairs.

"I like to keep my personal life private," she says. "Relationships are hard enough; imagine putting the pressure of the press on it. I'm personally not one of those people who wants to scream, 'I'm in love! I'm in love!' But things are great."

Kournikova says she lives a mellow existence in Miami, "where everyone is relaxed, like they're on vacation." She still has obligations for sponsors such as Adidas, along with charity matches and exhibitions, that take her to New York, L.A. and various European cities. And she tries to make three or four trips annually to Moscow, where she visits the woman who coached her as a young child, Larisa Preobrajenskaya, and spends most of her time "hanging out with my grandmother and doing nothing."

She's writing a bimonthly column for Elle on sports and fitness -- in the June issue she details a three-month mission, Project Hourglass, designed to give her a more curvaceous figure and create "a bum you could use as a drink holder." And, of course, she's been reading voraciously, explaining, "I like to be up-to-date. I'm trying to read and get educated about all sorts of subjects -- health, disease, life. In general, I like to get informed.

"Being an athlete, it's pretty narrowed down. You live a bit of an isolated life. You've got your routine -- practice, eat, sleep, massage, therapy, press conference, and then do the same thing all over again. You don't get much time to expand your horizons or broaden your views. I was always one of those people who, if I was tired physically, my mind was kind of blank. I'm having fun kind of stimulating my brain and being a grown-up."

"Wow," I told her, "you're killing your image."

She laughed: "That's all right," she said. "I'm not worried about my image anymore. I don't even know what my image is."

As a player, Kournikova's image was that of someone who cared more about celebrity than winning, a notion she quickly discards. She says that the bulk of her outside activities were undertaken during her long periods of injury-related absence and that "even back then, the amount of offers I was getting was exaggerated."

She says she remains "picky" when it comes to choosing outside projects -- and remember, this is someone who five years ago was rumored to be slotted as the next Bond girl. She could be probably be a bigger star than she is right now, but instead she seems content to lie low, strive to become a better person ("I'm trying not to judge people," she says. "I catch myself and then I stop...") and appreciate the spoils of her earlier success.

Despite her physical limitations, tennis remains near and dear to her heart. When she's home in Miami, she tries to get on the court for an hour every other day, "just hitting with guys at the club" -- or, as the rest of us call them, muscular lottery winners -- "maybe playing a little doubles."

Talking tennis
Team Tennis, the Billie Jean King brainchild now in its 31st season, allows Kournikova to spend a few weeks each summer shaking off the rust and playing to appreciative crowds in smaller markets. On Wednesday 4,123 fans showed up at Allstate Stadium in Sunrise Mall to see Kournikova's Sacramento Capitals defeat the Springfield Lasers 19-17. The crowd gave Kournikova a standing ovation during introductions -- four girls held up the letters "A-N-N-A" in appreciation -- and cheered when her winner on match point gave her and partner Mark Knowles a mixed-doubles victory.

"It's a great way for fans to experience tennis in a shorter format -- it's like a crash course on our sport," she says. "And it's great that it brings you into the markets where there normally isn't tennis, to attract fans who otherwise don't get to see us. For me personally, it's a way to be back on the court, in front of fans, and experience the rush again."

When discussing the current state of the WTA, the sharp-edged, opinionated side of Kournikova momentarily resurfaces. "From the outside, I just feel like five or seven years ago there was just such a crop of personalities," she says. "You had players from the earlier era -- Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario -- and then so many interesting newcomers. I feel so lucky to have played in such a time. It was such an amazing time for women's tennis, and I wish the tour had taken better advantage of it. It's not that I think they didn't appreciate it; it's just that, maybe publicity-wise and marketing-wise, they didn't know how to handle it. Tennis is the only women's sport that's worldwide, and they could have thought even bigger."

Of Hingis' return, Kournikova says, "I think tennis is very lucky to have her back. She's a real talent, a real player -- visually, mentally, a great sense of the game. And she also has the 'it' factor."

Jul 22nd, 2006, 07:11 PM
Thanks for all the articles, GL :wavey:

I'm glad that she's enjoying her life. The cooking part cracks me a little. Hot housewife in the making :drool:

Jul 26th, 2006, 03:52 PM
New journal entry from the chef :wavey: -

World Team Tennis 2006 Wrapup

Hey Everyone!

Well I just returned from St. Louis and Sacramento where I played my last two matches for World Team Tennis. I am so sad it is over. I had a so much fun both on the court and with all of my team mates… Mark Knowles, Elena Likhovtseva, Sam Warburg and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

In St. Louis we played the St. Louis Aces. I played mixed doubles with Mark against Brian Wilson/Maria Emilia Salerni and doubles with Elena against Aleke Tsoubanos/Maria Emilia Salerni. Caps 18/Aces 20

From St. Louis it was on to Sacramento for a home match against the Springfield Lasers. I again played doubles with Elena and mixed doubles with Mark. I had a great time in Sacramento. It is always nice to play a home match with everyone cheering for the home team! Sacramento has a wonder tennis community and such wonderful fans! The energy there was electric! Stay tuned to the Tennis Chanel on July 25th at 8:00pm EST for this match. Caps 19/Laser 17

The Caps lead the Western Conference with 9 wins and only 3 losses! I will be with my team in spirit and cheering them on as they play their last two matches against the New York Sportimes and the Delaware Smash.


www.worldteamtennis.com (http://www.worldteamtennis.com/)
www.gocaps.net (http://www.gocaps.net/)

Aug 6th, 2006, 11:38 AM
Thanks Goldie!! Lovely articles.

quote: '" Capitals coach Wayne Bryan said. "She's probably the most recognizable woman athlete in the world."

Haha you should post this in GM as a headline to bug all the Serena and Maria fans.;)

Aug 7th, 2006, 02:22 AM
Anna Kournikova article from SI
When discussing the current state of the WTA, the sharp-edged, opinionated side of Kournikova momentarily resurfaces. "From the outside, I just feel like five or seven years ago there was just such a crop of personalities," she says. "You had players from the earlier era -- Graf, Seles, Sanchez Vicario -- and then so many interesting newcomers. I feel so lucky to have played in such a time. It was such an amazing time for women's tennis, and I wish the tour had taken better advantage of it. It's not that I think they didn't appreciate it; it's just that, maybe publicity-wise and marketing-wise, they didn't know how to handle it. Tennis is the only women's sport that's worldwide, and they could have thought even bigger."

Excellent article, and Anna's insight is right on the mark. The result of the WTA's failure to take advantage of the women's popularity in Anna's time is now seen in stark relief as the tour begins shadowing the ATP, and dallying with novelties such as on-court coaching (not to mention the lost opportunity to negotiate more prize money for the women, at a time when the public focus was clearly on the women).

Which issue of SI was this in?

Aug 9th, 2006, 03:26 PM
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS needs to make sure he doesn't break girlfriend ANNA KOURNIKOVA's (http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/sexy%20anna%20learns%20to%20fence_1004787#) heart - she's taking fencing lessons. The stunning Russian tennis ace signed up to thrust and parry for her monthly column in US style magazine Elle, and admits she's now keen to learn more after finding out she's a natural with the sword. Kournikova says, "There's something sexy about a woman who knows her way around a stiletto sword... Fencing is one of the sexiest sports (http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/sexy%20anna%20learns%20to%20fence_1004787#) around."

Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:41 PM
Anna Kournikova on the cover of ELLE(Russia) september 2006


Aug 25th, 2006, 02:37 PM
This year, Kids' Day is expected to lure outgoing Grand Slam swami Andre Agassi, as well as Roddick, Anna Kournikova, Serena Williams and James Blake.

Sep 11th, 2006, 02:20 PM
Anna is playing a charity exhibition in LA Thursday with Elton John Sampras and others

Sep 12th, 2006, 09:46 AM
intersting team!!!! thx

Sep 12th, 2006, 03:01 PM
Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras and Anna Kournikova will join Elton John and Billie Jean King in a benefit tennis exhibition to raise money in the fight against AIDS.

Five sets of tennis, using the World TeamTennis format, will be played in the 14th Smash Hits charity benefit Sept. 14 at UC Irvine in California.

Roddick and Sampras, who retired in 2002, will play the featured men's singles match.

Kournikova, no longer a regular on the women's tour, is set to play doubles and mixed doubles.

''Pete was a big part of Smash Hits in the early years, and to have him back again along with Andy and Anna gives us the makings of a very entertaining and thrilling night of tennis,'' said Ilana Kloss, CEO and commissioner of World TeamTennis.

Sep 13th, 2006, 03:13 PM
Anna's new journal entry-

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything. I took some time off from traveling after World Team Tennis to relax and gear up for the next couple of months which are going to be pretty busy.

This week I am off to New York. I will be on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. I am so excited to be a guest and meet Donny as I am a big fan of the show. The show airs on CNBC so check your local listings for date and times.

I will also be doing a segment on the upcoming UK series ‘Slave to Fashion’. I just love the idea of this show! It is all about the inside world of fashion. It is going to be broadcast in the UK on T4 in October so for those of you who live in the UK keep a look out for it.

My last stop while in New York will be for Adidas at the Y-3 show during Fashion Week. I am looking forward to seeing Yohji’s ideas come to life. It is always so much fun to see what he comes up with!

After New York it is off to Los Angeles for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and World Team Tennis. On Thursday, September 14th I will be participating in the 14th Annual WTT All-Star Smash Hits at the Bren Events Center in Irvine. Co-hosted by Billie Jean King and Elton John this event is always one of my favorites as I just love being on the court with Elton and Billie. They are so much fun and have such a passion for the sport. The festivities begin at 7:00pm so if you are in the area please come and show us some support as all of the proceeds will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the AIDS Services Foundation Orange County Chapter. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Bren Events Center box office.

While in Los Angeles I will be participating the 4th Annual Runway for Life benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on Friday, September 15th. I will be taking a walk down the runway for this amazing charity that is internationally recognized for their pediatric research and treatment facility that treats children regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Sep 15th, 2006, 06:01 PM
Anna and Andy at the charity event


Sep 16th, 2006, 02:30 PM

Anna Kournikova at "Runway For Life" Charity event


Sep 16th, 2006, 02:54 PM
Anna at Fashion week




Sep 29th, 2006, 03:39 PM
I've seen this on tv. George Bush, the older one, plays in it

Kournikova Joins Connors, Courier In Field For Evert Pro-Celebrity Classic
Photo By Fred Mullane By Tennis Week

Anna Kournikova will make her debut at the annual Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, November 3-5, at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. Kournikova will join tennis legend Jimmy Connors and Hall of Famers Jim Courier and Bud Collins for two days of entertaining tennis action. Additional participants are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

Evert's annual charity weekend has raised more than $14.2 million over 17 years to fight drug abuse and assist neglected and abused children in Florida, including a record-tying $1.2 million in 2005.

"It looks like the tennis stars have aligned for us this year," Evert said. "I have always wanted Anna to participate in our event and finally the timing worked out this year. To have her, along with the rest of our field, helping us raise funds for such a worthwhile cause is truly something special."

Kournikova paired with Martina Hingis to win the 1999 and 2002 Australian Open doubles championships and the duo combined to win two WTA Championships doubles crown (1999, 2000). Once ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in singles, Kournikova posted wins over several top players, including Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Hingis and Lindsay Davenport. In 1997 she became the second woman in the Open era to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon in her debut on the famed grass courts. The first person to accomplish that feat was Chris Evert in 1972.

Oct 14th, 2006, 04:02 PM
Enrique has a new album out--The pop (http://www.andpop.com/article/7268#) singer (http://www.andpop.com/article/7268#), who usually sells out arenas, will instead embark on an exclusive five-date tour next month that will take him to much more intimate ballrooms and theatres in the U.S.

Fans who sign up for the mailing list on the singer's official website, EnriqueIglesias.com, will recieve ticket pre-sale information for his "For the Fans" tour this Wednesday.

Iglesias plans to give tour-goers an exclusive preview (http://www.andpop.com/article/7268#) of some of the new songs (http://www.andpop.com/article/7268#) off his upcoming studio album (http://www.andpop.com/article/7268#), currently scheduled for a spring, 2007 release.

The as-yet-untitled album will be Iglesias' first since his 2003 hit, "7."

And Anna is in Elle magazine- ELLE BEAUTY BODY HEALTH


Everyone Skips A Gym Session Once In A While. ANNA KOURNIKOVA Investigates Whether Cutting Back Will Shortchange Her Fitness Progress

Motley Crue once sang, "You better use it before you lose it." While they were referring to the fleeting nature of life, this phrase also applies to exercise. People lament that it's difficult to get into shape, but wildly easy for all their hard work to slip down the drain when they take a few weeks off from their regularly programmed fitness regimen. I've seen this firsthand. While I've continued to work out since I've stopped training at a professional level, my body has changed in the last three years. My weight is basically the same, but I'm smaller and my muscles have become less bulky. http://www.kournikova.com/community/images/smilies/frown.gif (A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat, but take up less space. If you increase muscle mass while shedding fat, the number on the scale won't move, but you'll look slimmer.)

The physical alterations I've noticed made me curious about how much effort one needs to expend to maintain cardiovascular activity and muscle. For example, say you've been preparing for a 10K run or a 50-mile charity bike race. You've trained for months, the event has come and gone, and now what? Can you keep your new body without the time commitment required for hard-core conditioning? For answers, I called Mark Kasper, a professor in the kinesiology and physical education department at Valdosta State University at Valdosta, Georgia.

http://coefaculty.valdosta.edu/kpe/F...page/markj.htm (http://coefaculty.valdosta.edu/kpe/Faculty_bio_page/markj.htm)

"Once you complete a big event, allow your body adequate time to repair itself," Kasper says. "After a half-marathon,give yourself two-weeks of lower intensity exercise, such as swimming."

Postrecovery, it's time to get back in the gym. After just three weeks without cardio, you can kiss almost all of your hard-earned aerobic capacity goodbye. Thankfully, retention isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. "If you maintain or increase your intensity, you can reduce the volume of your activity," Kasper says. "If you're running 20 miles a week at eight minuites a mile during training, switch to ten miles a week at a seven-and-a-half-minuite pace." According to Kasper, the same holds true for muscle size. Lifting more weight less frequently preserves muscle tone. "If you stick to this program for two months between races," he says, "your time will be basically the same."

Additional reporting by Hillary Kerr



I'm always curious about new fitness products, even though I think many are gimmicks. This month, ELLE sent me Harbinger Weighted Fitness Balls with Straps ($20 to $30, http://www.everythingfitness.com/ (http://www.everythingfitness.com/) ). They come in 6-, 8-, and 10-pound versions. I did my lunges with the six-poind ones and was pleasantly surprised. They're a lot easier to grip than dumbbells and much more versatile -- you can also use them as a medicine ball for core work. It's like getting both pieces of equipment rolled into one brightly-colored package. I'm definitely going to keep them in my routine; they'll also be easy to travel with -- since I'll be checking my luggage anyway.

http://www.harbingerfitness.com/html.../FITBALLS.html (http://www.harbingerfitness.com/html/catalog/TrainingGear/FITBALLS.html)

- Anna K.



Even if you haven't just come off training for a marathon, you may be looking for a loophole that lets you slip through the holidays with the least amount of exercise. To avoid backtracking, Valdosta State's University's Mark Kasper suggests the following:

CARDIO: Now matter how many days or miles a week you run (or walk or bike), you can cut your program in half and sustain your current aerobic ability. The catch is that you have to push yourself by increasing the intensity of those exercise bouts. Aim to work at no more than 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, but no less than 65 percent.

RESISTANCE TRAINING: Once again, the 50 percent rule applies. You can engage in your regular weight routine half as often, as long as you use slightly heavier equipment.

- Anna K.

Oct 20th, 2006, 03:53 PM
This year, two longtime Evert favorites whom she has spent years pursuing have finally found enough time in their busy schedules to make appearances – Anna Kournikova and Kenny Loggins. Loggins will perform at the 17th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

“She’s (Evert) a big fan of his, and he’s a big fan of hers,” Starr said.

Evert was finally able to attract Kournikova when the two made an appearance at Jim Courier’s charity classic in Tampa earlier this year.

“Someone like Anna realizes someone like Chris made the field for her,” Starr said. “Billie Jean King always said that when Chris came on the scene, she made women’s tennis bigger by bringing in more fans.”

Other celebrities who are scheduled to attend include Jon Lovitz, Alan Thicke, Governor Jeb Bush, Greg Norman, and former NHL star Valeri Bure and his wife Candace Cameron.

The list of names continually changes because, as Starr said, “Actors and actresses aren’t sure yet because they’re trying to get time off from their bosses.”

New York Yankees manager Joe Torre confirmed earlier this week that he would attend, and Lindsey Davenport was the latest professional tennis player to throw her name into the ring.

The Classic itself consists of athletes and celebrities pairing off together for one-set matches from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. during the two-day event.

Starr said organizers are trying to arrange a Sunday featured match that would be more competitive than the others, featuring Evert, Connors, Courier and pairing Kournikova with former President George Bush.

Oct 25th, 2006, 04:19 PM
Tennis magazine article -

With Her Life In Neutral, Anna Kournikova Ponders Her Next Move

You remember how you felt right after graduation, staring into the abyss as you tried to map out the rest of your life? Anna Kournikova undertands that feeling well.

"I'm looking and trying to see what's out there," says the model-esque Kournikova, who suffered through foot, ankle, and back injuries during a nine-year career that ended in 2003. She famously failed to win a singles title in more than 100 WTA events played. "I feel like I'm coming out of college, definitely having moments where I say, 'What am I going to do?' It is a little bit scary."

Her blink-of-an-eye-cameo in the movie Me, Myself, & Irene (2000) has not spurred any acting aspirations, and she's not the camera hound she used to be. Now she writes a column on sports and fitness for ELLE Magazine, does charity work for the Boys And Girls Club Of America, and plays exhibitions. She has also played World Team Tennis for the past four summers, most recently for the Sacramento Capitals.

"For 17 years I was dedicated to my sport and I never tried anything else," says Kournikova, who was the world's No. 1 junior in 1995. "I'll always have that competitiveness. I miss that, and the adrenaline rush. It's very difficult to replace that feeling. But I used to play in pain all the time."

Earlier this year, Kournikova was reunited in Miami with her old pal and doubles partner, Martina Hingis, with whom she giggled her way to Australian Open doubles titles in 1999 and 2002. "We talked, just about friends and stuff, before she went off to play," says Kournikova, who lives in Miami with her longtime boyfriend, singer Enrique Iglesias. "I think it's wonderful that she's back, just incredible."

As for Kournikova, she says she's happy, and she looks it too. "I may say that I feel like I'm coming out of college," she says with a laugh, "but actually it kind of feels like I'm in kindergarten, just starting out with everything ahead of me."
-- Cindy Shmerler

Oct 26th, 2006, 09:26 AM
thx I love the last quote!

Oct 27th, 2006, 03:19 PM
http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/3106/postup1.jpgAnkle bling :hearts:


Nov 2nd, 2006, 07:28 PM
Anna in Istanbul, then she's off to Boca

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Nov 6th, 2006, 01:08 PM
Kournikova has (and hits) Bush's back

By Laura Ammerman (laura_ammerman@pbpost.com)
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 06, 2006
DELRAY BEACH — The crowd at the Delray Beach Tennis Center responded with a collective gasp, then roaring laughter after tennis pro Anna Kournikova pegged former President George H.W. Bush in the back with a tennis ball Sunday afternoon.
The 25-year-old Kournikova accidentally hit 82-year-old Bush during a serve as the two competed in a doubles match at the 2006 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament.
http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/images/photos/100044/2006/11/05/gallery/1565262.jpg (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=309563)
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/local/images/homepage/sm_photo.gif Photos: Pro-celebrity action from Sunday (http://postpix.palmbeachpost.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=309563)

Bush was not injured, but the embarrassed Kournikova covered her mouth with her hands and tried to coax Evert to take her place on the court after the incident.
Evert, Bush's original partner, declined, and Kournikova and Bush went on to beat tennis pro Lindsay Davenport and actor Jon Lovitz, six games to two.
The incident prompted a joke about the state of relations between the United States and Russia, where Kournikova was born.
"Definitely, I was nervous," she explained later. "It's not very often that I'm playing with President Bush. I'm so sorry."
Bush, a seven-year tournament participant, didn't seem offended.
Humor abounded during Sunday's four matches, which drew nearly 4,100 people to watch current and former tennis players, including Kournikova, Evert, Davenport, Taylor Dent, Vince Spadea and Jim Courier, compete against celebrities such as Bush, Lovitz, actor Scott Foley and musician Gavin Rossdale.
Four of the pros played against one another in the last match.
Lovitz and Courier took turns serving as guest umpires, chiding the players, who wore microphones so the crowd could hear their playful commentary. Bush did not wear a microphone.
When Bush hit a swift shot past Davenport, Courier played it up. "The president's toying with Lindsay Davenport," he commented, evoking laughter from the crowd.
After the match, Chris Evert Charities accepted a check for $1.4 million. Evert, of Boca Raton, said it was the most the event has ever raised. In its 17 years, the tournament has raised a total of $15.6 million to support various charities that help abused children and fight drug abuse.
Alison and Cord Ozment, Lake Worth residents moving to California today, took in the event as a last South Florida hurrah.
Cord bought the tickets for his wife's birthday, which was Friday. The couple said they'd gotten autographs from almost all of the famous participants.
"It's just been fun to watch how the pros play against each other and then against the celebrities," said Alison, a longtime Evert fan. They "give them a little break."

the cat
Nov 6th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Anna drilled President Bush with a shot! :eek: ;) I hope Anna had fun at the event. :D

Nov 7th, 2006, 02:22 AM
LOL @ pic.
She seemed to be having fun ;)

Nov 9th, 2006, 06:53 PM
Anna is playing in Texas on Nov. 18.
Here's some more about her hitting George Bush -

But most people on-hand knew Evert was always the best dirty joke teller on tour, and her penchant for the playfully provocative came in the form of a charity auction for a night out with a bevy of bathing beauties at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit party. Par for the course, at a recent tennis charity function, Evert made a point of bidding to win a "Dinner With Anna Kournikova" so that her three sons — ages 15, 12, and 10 — could revel in having dinner with the sultry tennis player, which is a pretty exciting evening for guys not old enough to drink.
But it was Kournikova who surely was hoping for a stiff drink on the final day of play at the Evert Pro Celebrity Classic. After Evert pulled former President Bush up to a 3-1 lead over Lindsay Davenport and Jon Lovitz, she announced that a special surprise substitution would be made. Evert would "rest" as Anna Kournikova came in to play with the former Commander-in-Chief. Well, that was an exciting twist of dynamics for an already marquee match up. But in only her second point on court, Kournikova beaned the 41st President of the United States right in the backside with her first serve. The crowd, and Chrissie on the sideline, burst into laughter as Mr. Bush assured everyone he was not hurt. Ms. Kournikova was so embarrassed, she outstretched her racquet to Evert as an invitation to please serve out the rest of the game for her, but like a good coach, Evert nodded enthusiastically to keep playing…as Bush placed his racquet behind his back to avoid further beatings from Kournikova’s stinging racquet. She was able to finish out the game without further incident.
In a particularly enjoyable exchange, Davenport and Kournikova entered into an extended forehand volley drill, until Lindsay tapped the ball toward elder Bush, who — in arguably the first unplanned moment of the point — lobbed a perfect response over the net-hugging team for a clean winner. Whatever you may think of his politics, Mr. Bush’s smile is contagious and conveys a man who enjoys the days of his life immensely. The crowd was non-partisan in appreciating the feisty 82-year old.

ESPN2 will air abbreviated taped coverage of the event on January 24, 2007.


Nov 18th, 2006, 12:28 PM
Anna has a new journal entry -

Getting AnimatedHi Everyone!

This week I am off to Atlanta, Georgia to work with the Cartoon Network and The Boys and Girls Clubs of America. We will be shooting an exercise DVD for their Get Animated program that is directed at getting kids to be more active. As many of you know it has been my passion to work with kids and the BGCA so needless to say I am so excited to get to Atlanta and start shooting!

From Atlanta I am off to Dallas, Texas for the Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Pro-Celebrity Classic. It is going to take place Saturday, November 18th at the Dr. Pepper Star Center. All the proceeds from the event benefit the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Center in Dallas so if you are in the area come out at support us and this amazing cause. You can get tickets by going to www.tickets.com (http://www.tickets.com/) - I hope to see some of you there!

Dec 5th, 2006, 10:57 PM
Anna has been travelling with Enrique for the last few days.

Out and about

Tennis temptress Anna Kournikova worked out in the Borgata's Pump Room Friday before boyfriend Enrique Iglesias performed at the hotel's Event Center. Later the couple dined at Suilan by Susanna Foo.

They then hit the casino floor for blackjack, where they met up with Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran


Dec 10th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Are they married or not?

Enrique Iglesias and his wife, Anna Kournikova, are leading a contingent of jet-setters to Israel to help billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak celebrate Hanukkah - and they’re charging only about $1 million

Jan 12th, 2007, 07:50 PM
Kournikova Serves Up New Dish: Breakfast
Phioto By Art Seitz By Tennis Week

Breakfast will come complete with a taste of tennis next week courtesy of Anna Kournikova. The Miami resident is headed back to school in South Florida to serve a breakfast award and speak to students about the importance of physical fitness and nutrition.

Kournikova will visit the North Palm Beach Elementary School on Tuesday to promote the "got breakfast" campaign promoting the Federal School Breakfast program. During a school-wide assembly, Kournikova will speak to students about nutrition and fitness and present principal Bill Thompson with a special recognition award for his efforts in utilizing the Classroom Breakfast model to serve meals at his school.
"It’s a great project for me to be involved with and a great cause," Kournikova told Tennis Week today. "I believe that the first step to improving well-being is with good nutrition and when millions of students across the country are not taking part in breakfast they are missing out on the opportunity to perform their best at school. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it gives you the fuel to think and be more alert, awake and alive."
The "got breakfast?" Foundation works to help the millions of students who qualify for a free or reduced-price breakfast to access the meals they are not receiving. Out of 55 million children who attend public school in the United States, 30 million participate in the National School Lunch Program, but only an estimated 9.6 million eat breakfast in school. The foundation includes a coalition of public officials, community leaders, private organizations and personalities committed to anti-hunger efforts.
Studies show that Classroom Breakfast dramatically increases test scores and improves the health of children. When breakfast is served in the classroom and offered to all students, regardless of income, breakfast participation numbers have doubled and in some cases tripled.
The two-time Australian Open doubles champion took a moment to dish out her views on tennis and her future plans in a brief interview today.
Tennis Week: Do you watch women’s tennis? Who do you like watching these days?
Anna Kournikova: To be honest, I really haven’t watched so many matches because they don’t show them that much on TV and I haven’t really traveled to any tournaments so I have not seen any tennis matches recently. I think the last tournament I saw was the U.S. Open, so it’s really hard to say. I understand you really have to try to find tennis and it’s not just like out there and you can come across it.
Tennis Week: You partnered with Martina Hingis to win the 1999 and 2002 Australian Open doubles titles. What are your memories of playing doubles with Hingis and what do you think of her comeback?
Anna Kournikova: I think it’s great. It’s really exciting and great for tennis to have Martina back and a lot of young players and learn so much just by watching her. She’s such an interesting player to watch; tennis is lucky to have her back. Martina’s a true champion and a legend and an artist on court so tennis is lucky to have her back because she’s great for the game.
Tennis Week: Do you still stay in touch with any players on the Tour now?
Anna Kournikova: I am in touch with a few girls and we talk a few times a month and stay in touch.
Tennis Week: I saw you play World TeamTennis last summer, I know you play exhibitions and charity events. What are your plans for playing tennis — either WTT, or exhibitions or maybe even the select tour doubles event — in the future. Do you want to play? Do you think you will play?
Anna Kournikova: I hope to play World TeamTennis again and I think I am most probably going to. But I’m not sure about playing [other events]. It’s really very hard to say and maybe one day I will. I really don’t know. It’s really not something that I see happening in the next month. It’s very hard to say because how I feel is that I am always a risk taker and one minute I may want to do something or try something new. I really don’t know. I like not planning things and being spontaneous.
Tennis Week: What is your primary professional focus now?
Anna Kournikova: Working with the Boys and Girls Clubs is the main place where I put my energy and I still do some of the modeling and work with kids and charities. I love playing tennis charity events because it’s a way to stay active in the game and gives me a great feeling to give back to people and give my time for great causes. So I always do the World TeamTennis Smash Hits with Billie Jean King and Elton John and friends and I love doing the Arthur Ashe Kids Day before the U.S. Open so when I’m asked to do those tennis exhibitions for charity I enjoy doing them.

Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:21 AM
The Super Bowl is in Miami on Sunday, and Anna is out enjoying herself this week

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Anna Kournikova watches the Miami Heat/Cleveland Cavaliers game (feb. 1, 2007)







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Anna Kournikova & Enrique Iglesias "looked really happy and in love, dancing with each other," says a source.

Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:03 PM
Anna brought Russian Roulette to ESPN.com

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Still from Russia with love

By Bill Simmons
Page 2
MIAMI -- I went to the Heat-Cavs game Thursday night with my old intern, Jamie, who now works for "Rome is Burning" and came down to Miami for the week of shows here. Back when I started my old Web site in the summer of '97, Jamie was one of my first readers -- a sarcastic 15-year-old kid who landed in every mailbag mostly because I barely had enough readers to make up a mailbag. This was the same summer that a smoking-hot tennis star named Anna Kournikova started wreaking havoc, and since the Internet was just starting to round into shape, she was only resonating through some magazine photos and giddy conversations that guys had with their friends.
There hasn't been anything quite like her before or since: a blonde, bosomy Russian with killer legs and a perpetual pout. She was prettier than most supermodels. She was sexier than most Hollywood stars. When she played Amanda Coetzer in the Australian Open that year, it was probably the greatest 20-second highlight in SportsCenter history, replete with reverential silence from the anchors. They could have released that highlight on DVD by itself and people would have bought it.
Unfortunately (and this is an especially big "unfortunately"), Anna may have looked 25, but she didn't turn 16 until June 7. That meant everyone in the mainstream media was terrified to mention her appeal for obvious reasons, although a few sports radio hosts around America crossed the line during the '96 U.S. Open (and took heat for it). When she made it to the third round of the '97 French Open, I remember watching her lose to Martina Hingis (who had her own thing going since she was attractive and a little kooky, which gave her a dangerous edge, kind of like Glenn Close in the first 20 minutes of "Fatal Attraction") and thinking that, even though I was broke at the time, I would have emptied my checking account if they suddenly moved the match to pay-per-view. On the week Anna turned 16, I gleefully made a "two years until she's legal!" joke in a column and received more e-mails than I'd ever received before. She was America's underground sweetheart.
And then something magical happened: Wimbledon rolled around and Anna played the best tennis of her life, somehow making it all the way to the semifinals. Meanwhile, I was bartending and working on my new Web site -- translation: I was waking up at 11 every morning and farting around until I had to go to work -- which made me eminently available to watch HBO's around-the-clock coverage. This was an unparalleled middle-of-the-day TV experience; it made the OJ Trial seem pedestrian by comparison. Could Anna keep winning? Could she shock the world and steal Wimbledon? Remember, we were coming off a stretch in women's tennis that was dominated by Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Monica Seles and Martina Navratilova that swayed everyone into thinking that Martina Hingis was much cuter than she really was. We weren't remotely ready for anyone like Anna. She was like a surreal cross between the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, LeBron's rookie season and the greatest-looking Bond girl of all-time.

Go to a Heat game and you just may bump into Anna Kournikova.

Even though Hingis crushed her in the semis, that didn't stop everyone from spending the summer daydreaming about a not-so-distant future when the world's most beautiful female was (A) legal, (B) Russian (nothing like some residue Cold War tensions to spice everything up) and (C) the best women's tennis player alive. It seemed too good to be true. Unfathomable, even. Could we really spend the next 10-12 years watching Anna covered in her own sweat, bouncing around in tight tennis outfits and demolishing everyone in her path? Were we headed for a world where somebody who looked like this would win major after major, become the Tiger of tennis, appear on television 50-60 times per year and transform every red-blooded male into a diehard tennis fan? Could this actually HAPPEN?
Nope. Didn't happen.
As it turned out, Anna Kournikova just wasn't that good. When tennis experts started questioning her talents after the post-Wimbledon wave of "Here comes Anna!" stories, we all hoped it was just sour grapes. (I mean, of course Mary Carillo and Billie Jean King were going to be threatened by Anna's ascendance. She had taken women's tennis into a completely different direction, one where the game didn't matter as much as outfits and sex appeal. Why would the old guard think this was a good thing?) Anna cracked the top 20 in 1998, pulled off a few upsets, graced more than a few magazine covers, landed more than a few commercials, and caused an out-and-out riot on the Internet (nobody had more photos out there, and nobody had more people looking for them). She won the 1999 Australian Open doubles title with Hingis, lost the legendary "Headlights Match" in that same tournament to Mary Pierce (there hadn't been that much jiggling on TV since the heyday of "Charlie's Angels") and made it to the fourth round in that year's Australian and French Opens.
During that time, she also shattered Mariah Carey's record for "most girls that have ever hated another girl for no real reason." If you brought up her name in a mixed group, the claws would come flying out. Every other female loathed her, instinctively, habitually. And if you asked them why, the reasons were always petty and unsubstantiated. Stuff like, "She just doesn't seem like a nice person to me," or "She's more concerned with how she looks than how she plays" or even "I just don't like the look on her face." The only thing that came close to watching Kournikova play tennis was watching other women openly seethe about her success. To them, she was like one of those evil movie characters in a John Hughes movie who runs the whole high school, flirts with everyone else's boyfriend and makes those cutting backhanded compliments to other girls like "I'm glad you finally did something about your hair." And frankly, this made the Kournikova Era even more magical than it already was.
Everything crested in June of '99, when three things happened:
1. Anna turned 18. This meant that the mainstream media could now discuss her looks without calling her a "tennis Lolita" and making everyone feel icky. Much better.
2. She entered Wimbledon with a ton of hype and enraged the old guard to no end. You could feel the venom from Carillo, King and Navratilova throughout the HBO coverage. It was palpable and fantastic. Every time Anna nailed a winner down the baseline, you kept expecting one of them to snap and scream, "WHORE! WHORE!" I wish ESPN Classic would create a weekly show called "Classic Kournikova" just so we could relive the announcing from those matches -- it's never been approached before or since. Actually, I wish ESPN Classic would create a weekly show called "Classic Kournikova" just so there would be a show called "Classic Kournikova." Like you wouldn't watch this?
3. After winning her first three Wimbledon matches, Anna battled a heavily favored Venus Williams in the fourth round and took the first set. An upset was brewing. The crowd was buzzing. The HBO announcers were doing everything to jinx her short of screaming "Noonan!" during her second serve and dousing her photos with chicken blood. Anna was prancing around, taking that extra split-second to bend over for balls and eating it up. She was going to rule the world. You could feel it.
Only later did we realize the significance of the moment ... because that's exactly when the Kournikova Era peaked.
Seriously, that was it. Up a set to Venus, she was then decimated in the next two sets, prompting a free fall in which Anna flopped at the U.S. Open and ended up going 6-8 over the second half of 1999 (including the Venus loss). Off the court, it became obvious that she was relishing a sexpot image, showing up at various red-carpet events, refusing to confirm or deny reports that she was engaged to Pavel Bure and then Sergei Fedorov, coyly wearing a wedding ring just to screw with everyone, making an appearance in "Me, Myself and Irene" and being profiled in a leering Sports Illustrated feature by Frank Deford that practically shattered the Unintentional Comedy Scale (although the pictures made it all worth it). She was also raking in huge sums of money -- upward of $10 million a year just from endorsements -- and since she wasn't winning anything and didn't seem to care that she wasn't winning anything, that made her an easy target for grizzled writers looking for a good high-horse column.
She finished an underwhelming 47-29 in 2001 and struggled to a 16-12 record in 2002 because of back problems (or so she said), making news only because she fell for singer Enrique Iglesias after they filmed a music video together. Not only had her tennis prime passed, but she was in her 20s and the Lolita/tennis prodigy thing had vanished. She didn't seem any more or less beautiful than anyone else, and her ongoing tennis failures robbed her of that bitchy, glowering "not only am I prettier than you, I'm going to kick your ass in this match" aura that made her so great in the first place. When she effectively retired after the 2003 season, the prevailing reaction seemed to be, "She was still playing?" For the last four years, she's spent her time traveling around the world with Iglesias, playing charity tournaments and doing whatever wealthy smoking-hot former tennis players do, making news only because she lost a jaw-dropping amount of weight.
And honestly? I can't remember the last time I thought about her or heard her name mentioned. You could even make the case that she's irrelevant, except for one thing: She had an enormous and underrated impact on the sports world from 1997 to 2002, only it's never been properly understood or appreciated. I realized this at the Heat-Cavs game. Some of the Heat employees were nice enough to show us around before the game, even allowing us to hang out in Shelley's Lounge, which was unlike any other suite we've ever seen. You can't see the court because it's located near the locker rooms, but it's three times the size of a normal suite and loaded with plasmas, video games, foosball, an open bar, free food and everything else you can imagine. There's one on each side of the court, and they both spill into a much bigger bar that's open only to courtside ticket holders, celebrities and VIP guests. You couldn't have something like this in Sacramento or Boston, but you could definitely have it in Miami.

Anna K never won a single tournament, but she accomplished her goal: she received plenty of attention.

So we're hanging out in Shelley's Lounge and who walks in? Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias. In case you haven't seen her, she's disgustingly thin now -- still pretty, but more like a supermodel, and you would never know that she once played a professional sport. But still, it's Anna Kournikova, for God's sake! And here's where Jamie becomes relevant to this story. First of all, in the Pantheon of Faces, Jamie's "I'm standing three feet away from Anna Kournikova" Face will never, ever, EVER be topped. I am not a good enough writer to describe it. Joyce or Tolstoy couldn't have described it. And second, as Jamie explained to us later, not only did he play high school tennis in Massachusetts during the same year that Frank Deford wrote the feature that influenced so many high school and college students across America, the team actually brought that issue on the van for every one of their its matches. Why? you ask. Partly as a good-luck charm, partly as reliably good reading fodder for any trip. The team never knew when it would get bored on the van and want to start poring through Kournikova pictures again.
For whatever reason, I never properly appreciated the Kournikova Era until she walked into Shelley's Lounge, saw Jamie's reaction and heard the story about his tennis team. Maybe she was overrated as a tennis player, but has an athlete ever had a bigger impact over a short span that couldn't be calibrated in any way, shape or form other than the look on somebody's face when they enter the room? I say no.
Eventually, we headed up to our seats and took in some of the Cavs-Heat game, which was interesting for five reasons. First, Miami's crowd was much livelier than I expected, although it was admittedly one of the marquee games of the year; if your fans can't get up for LeBron, Shaq and Wade on TNT, you shouldn't have a basketball team. Second, they have the coolest scoreboard I've ever seen -- it looks like something out of the movie "Alien." Third, the difference between Wade (killing himself and ramming his way to the rim over and over again like a running back) and LeBron (on cruise control and seeming disinterested most of the time -- and yes, I know he's hurt, but I've watched him mail it in too many times this season and we're nearing the point where Barkley needs to call him out on TNT) was absolutely startling. One guy just wants it more than the other guy. It's that simple. Fourth, Scot Pollard shaved his head into a blond Mohawk and kept his goatee with the weird knobs on it and STILL was outdone by the perplexing patch of hair on the back of Drew Gooden's neck. And fifth, it always feels like a bigger game when Shaq is playing -- even if he's not the same kind of force anymore -- and I will miss him when he retires to chase down criminals in some random town in Florida.
All in all, a good, lively game. As halftime was approaching, I glanced over at Jamie and saw his wheels turning. More Kournikova. More Kournikova. So I threw him a bone and said, "Hey, wanna go back to the lounge at halftime?" followed by Jamie answering "yes" even as I was still finishing the word "halftime."
We headed back there, walked underneath the stadium and passed through a bar to get to the lounge .. and suddenly, there were Enrique and Anna again. She was standing with her back to the wall, Enrique was in front of her, and she had her arms wrapped around him, only she was watching us walk by her and relishing the attention because he couldn't see where she was looking. At this point, Jamie was moving at the speed of the people in "War of the Worlds" coming out of their houses to stare at the giant UFO -- it's amazing he didn't walk into a chair or a table. I played it a little differently, glancing at her quickly, waiting for her to make eye contact, then glancing away like I wasn't impressed, hoping it would piss her off (like she would give a crap). We headed into the lounge to throw some water on Jamie, and not even a minute later, they were standing right behind us again and she was defiantly making eye contact -- almost like a Fembot, like she was thinking, "I'm Anna Kournikova, if you don't look impressed within the next three seconds, I'm going to shoot you with my jublees."
And for the first time, everything about the Kournikova Era fell into place. She just wanted to be noticed, even if she had to settle for two random dudes in the VIP lounge of a regular-season NBA game. Did she ever care about tennis? Probably not. Did she use tennis as a vehicle to dress in skimpy outfits and wrap every red-blooded male around her finger? Probably.
Anyway, it worked. I melted into a puddle and Jamie stopped breathing and briefly died. They pranced by us as Jamie immediately re-evaluated his life and everything that's ever happened in it, eventually deciding that this was his greatest moment since the Red Sox won the World Series. Anyone who says Anna Kournikova's tennis career didn't matter is just plain lying. She DID have an impact. Only a handful of athletes and former athletes can still stop a room in its tracks. She's one of them.
"When you were sitting in that tennis van 10 years ago," I asked him, "did you ever imagine that you'd be drinking three feet away from Kournikova?"
"No," Jamie said. "No. Never. I never would have believed it."
These are the things that happen during Super Bowl Week in Miami.

As for the big game, I'm picking the Bears and taking the seven points. Here's why:
1. As I mentioned Thursday, everyone in Miami seems to be handing the trophy to the Colts already. ... Um, didn't we learn this lesson already from the Saints-Bears game? You never want to be on the same side as the gambling majority. Ever.
2. The Bears are staying near the airport (not near anything), while the Colts are staying closer to the beach (and closer to all the trouble). That makes it about 20 times as likely that an Indianapolis Colt will be this year's winner of the Stanley Wilson/Eugene Robinson Award and distract his team in the process. I can't take the chance.
3. It's been said a kajillion times, but how can anyone be sold on this Colts defense? Against the Chiefs, the Colts stacked the line against LJ and just made Herm Edwards and Trent Green try to beat them. Against the Ravens, they didn't even have to stack the line because Jamal Lewis is so freaking slow, so they concentrated on forcing Steve McNair to make mistakes (and he obliged). Against the Patriots, they gave up 34 points and it would have been more if Troy Brown didn't get flagged for that illegal pick and the fourth-quarter interference against Reche Caldwell had been called. Now you have a Bears team that can pound the ball with two running backs AND has the receivers to throw deep. I know the Colts will stack the line and force Grossman to beat them, but teams have been doing that against the Bears all season -- they always seem to make two or three big plays.
4. Peyton Manning's record in big games: Not so good. A little better recently, but still ... not so good. I'd like to see him win one title at the college or pro level before I'm laying seven points with him in a Super Bowl game.
5. Remember when the 2003 Yankees outlasted the Red Sox in that seven-game bloodbath and had nothing left for the Marlins series because it was like they had already played their World Series? I'm not saying the same thing will definitely happen here, but it's worth mentioning the Letdown Potential here. The Colts and their fans just spent the past two weeks breaking out the popsicles and doing the "we finally made it" routine. Meanwhile ...
6. The Bears just went 15-3, made the Super Bowl and then had to spend the next two weeks hearing everyone take shots at their QB and give them little to no chance of winning the game. They have all the makings of being one of those teams that pulls off a mild upset in a championship game and spends the next few days telling everyone stuff like "Nobody believed in us!" and "The only people who believed we could do it were the people in this locker room," followed by everyone getting annoyed that they won't shut up that nobody believed in them. But it's kind of true. Nobody believes in the Bears. That's the best motivating force in sports. It really is.
Well, I believe in the Bears from Chicago. I see this being one of those Super Bowls that's crappy and disjointed for most of the first half, followed by a point explosion right near halftime and one of those second halves when the teams just trade scores (like the Pats-Panthers Super Bowl). And in those games, either team can win, right? So here are my predictions.
A. Chicago 33, Indianapolis 30.
B. Thomas Jones for MVP.
C. The greatest Manning Face of all-time.
D. A new record for "nobody believed in us" quotes.
E. A dead heat with the Sports Gal (she's one game ahead of me and picking the Colts) that can only be decided with the one sporting event that best determines whether you have a gambling problem: The 2007 Pro Bowl. I'm already giddy.
Bill Simmons is a columnist for Page 2 and ESPN The Magazine. His book "Now I Can Die In Peace" is available in paperback (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=espncom-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/1933060050/qid=1125671321/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1?v=glance%26s=books).

Feb 5th, 2007, 09:35 AM

Thanks a lot, goldenlox, for that article. Easy and fun to read. Many scenes I almost burst laughing, good couple of memories support his anecdotes. However, I don't fully agree on his assumption of summer 1999 as her peak, but he's no tennis expert as we are anyway. ;) So still that articles gets 5 out of 5 stars from my side.

BTW: Nice to see you're still around here, holding the flag and ground. Personally I make some brief visits every now and then. Cy and thanks again.


Feb 5th, 2007, 10:17 AM

Thanks a lot, goldenlox, for that article. Easy and fun to read. Many scenes I almost burst laughing, good couple of memories support his anecdotes. However, I don't fully agree on his assumption of summer 1999 as her peak, but he's no tennis expert as we are anyway. ;) So still that articles gets 5 out of 5 stars from my side.

BTW: Nice to see you're still around here, holding the flag and ground. Personally I make some brief visits every now and then. Cy and thanks again.

Yeah, he's not a tennis writer. But most of the tennis writers don't know much tennis either. Or they know something about Borg and nothing after..

Mar 1st, 2007, 07:55 PM
Anna Kournikova Has a New Partner
Tennis phenom Anna Kournikova has a new partner on the courts. No, not a fellow pro with a racquet: We're talking about K-Swiss, the footwear company. K-Swiss has hired Kournikova to take the brand to the next level. She'll help with the launch of the new line of fashions, which will include after-tennis gear, yoga duds, and other relaxed casuals, and she'll appear in ads on TV and in magazines.

She'll also consult on the designs. In fact, she's already had the company make a special pink top and matching short skirt for her to wear when she announces their new partnership. Kournikova seems like a natural fit for the K-Swiss line because, according to WWD, she "wears sports clothes 90 percent of the time" and cares a lot about style. "It has to look cute," the athlete said. "Just because you're sweating on the treadmill for an hour, you don't want to look like a wet cat."


Anna in LA, filming her commercials


As you can tell it takes a lot to make me pretty!


It was so freezing I had to wear 2 jackets.

Mar 1st, 2007, 07:56 PM
K-Swiss Announces Anna Kournikova As New Spokesperson for the Brand

http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prn/20070222/NYTH118 New K-Swiss spokesperson, Anna Kournikova. (PRNewsFoto/K-Swiss)


WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Steeped intennis heritage, K-Swiss (Nasdaq: KSWS (http://studio.financialcontent.com/Engine?Account=prnewswire&PageName=QUOTE&Ticker=KSWS)) returns to its roots with theannouncement of tennis star, Anna Kournikova, as the brand's newspokesperson. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070222/NYTH118 (http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070222/NYTH118) ) Kournikova will appear in two television spots, the first beginning inMarch, illustrating the brand's performance product, as well as, itstrendsetting style. The commercials will demonstrate that with athleticism,grace, confidence and K-Swiss you can overcome all obstacles and reach yourfinal goal. "I'm looking forward to working with K-Swiss, and am proud tobe involved with a classic tennis brand, known for its performance,elegance and style," noted Kournikova. She will also promote the brand inprint ads appearing in fashion and lifestyle magazines. Jennifer Weiderman, V.P. of Marketing for K-Swiss noted, "Having anindividual of Anna's profile represent K-Swiss will serve as a huge assetfor the brand. Her mix of athleticism and style will help us to reach outto consumers 13-30, while bringing the brand back to its tennis heritage." In addition, Kournikova will make personal appearances for the brandand wear K-Swiss tennis sneakers and apparel for all of her team andcharity tennis appearances. About K-Swiss: Located in Westlake Village, CA, K-Swiss is a $500 + million dollarpublicly traded company founded forty years ago by two Swiss brothers. Thebrothers, avid tennis players, introduced the first all-leather tennissneaker, the K-Swiss "Classic" in 1966, filling a void in the market. Thefirm currently makes tennis and lifestyle footwear, apparel and iscurrently moving into other performance footwear categories.

Apr 3rd, 2007, 01:24 AM
Bumpity-bump to unforgettable Anya.. :)

And just found a month-old very interesting interview with her coach Larisa Preobrazhenskaya about her.. with a lot of interesting tidbits..


- Anna once said that God dodn't want her to play
- Anna and Nastya are very close friends, now in particular, and have always been
- Anna likes Maria
- Anna first met Sergei Fedorov when she was teaching him to play in Spartak club when she was 15
- Larisa thinks that Fedorov was so talented that he could well have been another Federer if he chose tennis over hockey..

- and .. :( Anna is not coming back.. It is completely ruled out..

Mar 23rd, 2008, 05:56 PM
Shopping at Victoria's Secret in Miami, March 2008


Mar 25th, 2008, 10:48 AM
Anna with her brother



Mar 26th, 2008, 10:40 AM
thank you very much GL! Alan looks so cute!

Mar 28th, 2008, 10:34 AM
Anna Kournikova - Sony Ericsson Kickoff Party Hq Pictures

Hq Pictures of Anna Kournikova at Kickoff Party.

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Mar 28th, 2008, 03:54 PM

Mar 28th, 2008, 04:18 PM
hot pics :hearts:

and btw its so weird to see Anna's forum moved to retired players :ras:

Mar 29th, 2008, 07:05 AM

ATP Sony Ericsson Party, 28 Mar 2008

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Mar 29th, 2008, 07:08 AM
she is still pretty

Mar 29th, 2008, 11:00 AM
thx for all the great great pix! wonderful! she is wonderful!

Mar 29th, 2008, 01:08 PM
She's ultra hot :drool:

Mar 29th, 2008, 06:25 PM
Anna went to the ATP party too

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 28: Anna Kournikova poses on the red carpet at the ATP Sony Ericsson party at the Epic night club March 28, 2008 in Miami, Florida

Mar 29th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Stunning as usual, Thanks Kojala :D

Apr 1st, 2008, 04:33 PM
Grounded Kournikova finally has opportunity to enjoy "normal" life

http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2008/0331/ten_ap_kournikova_580.jpg AP Photo/Dave Caulkin
Anna Kournikova stormed on to the scene in 1997, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in her debut.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Anna Kournikova causes a small stir when she walks down the hallway underneath a stadium where she competed not so long ago.

Serena Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=394) embraces her warmly and says they should get together sometime. A shirtless Nicolas Kiefer (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=184) wanders up and breaks into a startled grin when he sees her. "What are you doing walking around half-nude?" she demands in that innately sultry voice. "Hoping to see you," he says, quick on his feet.
Kournikova beams and pushes her famous golden tresses behind her ears. She looks fit, sunny, and very young, because she is -- nearly five years into retirement at age 26.

Multiple costume bracelets jingle on her arms. Many of them feature blue plastic "evil eye" beads and, according to her, cost 99 cents. "I'm obsessed with them," she says. "They're supposed to protect you."

Yet Kournikova has the air of someone entirely capable of taking care of herself. She arrives early for an interview and politely asks the public relations assistant accompanying her to wait outside the room -- she doesn't like being hovered over. She sits down, pulls a light floral-patterned shawl around her shoulders to ward off the chill of air conditioning, leans forward and devotes her full attention to the questions.

Kournikova has enlisted for a sixth season of World Team Tennis competition and will play three dates this summer with her new team, the St. Louis Aces. A millionaire many times over, she does it for love, not money, although marquee players like her get high-five-figure nightly paychecks.

The circuit is a little different from the one Kournikova used to travel on the WTA tour. She's scheduled to appear in St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and Schenectady, N.Y. this July, and she has flown on discount airlines and logged considerable mileage in team vans in past seasons. She says one of her favorite rituals is stopping at a Friendly's franchise and splitting a sundae, a habit verified by a high-ranking WTT official.

If all this sounds more grounded and earthy than you would expect from one of the most Googled women in the world, welcome to everyday Anna. People still rush at her in airports and toss gifts to her from the stands at her WTT gigs, but Kournikova has made peace with the public's enduring fascination and spends most of her time in places where she's no longer the center of attention.

"I can kind of control and decide where I go and what I do," she says. "If I'm coming here today I know I'm going to be seeing press, I'm going to be seeing people and fans, so I'm prepared. When I'm at home, I lead a very quiet life. I go to the same places; I see the same people. I'll get one paparazzi a week or something."

Home, since 1997, is Miami, and one of Kournikova's havens is a local Boys and Girls Club she's been visiting for the last five years. She helps with homework and arts and crafts projects, plays kickball (a sport she'd never heard of until the kids taught her) and eats 50-cent hot dogs.

"I approached their organization myself," she says. "They were a little shocked in the beginning, they were like, 'You're interested in kids?' For me the connection is, I grew up in a tennis club. That club was all about tennis and sports; this club is about everything. It's an after-school program. I just go to the club and hang out with the kids and basically go back into my childhood.

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World Team Tennis has allowed Kournikova to stay involved without being too intimate with the game.

"It's important to give them the attention they deserve. It's not like even I sit there and preach about a certain subject. It's really about just spending time and making them feel good about themselves. They're so innocent. I love seeing their innocent smiles and their curiosity."

Kournikova isn't in a hurry to have children herself, though. Although she was a workaholic on the practice court, she describes herself as commitment-phobic -- she and singer Enrique Iglesias have been linked on and off for years -- and still in transition from being a professional athlete. Appropriately, she's reading "Eat, Pray, Love," the bestseller about a woman's life passages. "I'm trying to learn to take a deep breath," she says, inhaling to demonstrate, "but it's hard. I guess that will come more with age and maturity and settling down a little."

She gets her kid fix when she visits her mother and 3½-year-old half-brother -- "my free baby," as she calls him -- in nearby Palm Beach. "That's perfect for me right now," Kournikova says. "I play with him for a couple of hours and then I say, 'Here, take him back.'"

Life isn't all warm fuzzies, of course. Kournikova is a businesswoman with a kite's tail of endorsement contracts and management and PR agencies, still capitalizing on the appeal she built during her nine-year pro career before back injuries forced her to retire in 2003. That career was a success by most measures, but wound up being measured harshly because of the feline beauty that started a cottage industry.

"When I hear people say she was a pretty girl who couldn't win, I think that's ludicrous," says Wayne Bryan, coach of the WTT's Sacramento Capitals where Kournikova was the feature attraction for three years. "She was ranked No. 1 in doubles, won Grand Slams, got to No. 8 in singles and went to the Wimbledon semifinals.

"I can't really say enough about her. She's funny and personable and kind. And she's an extraordinary doubles player -- she really comes alive on the doubles court. I wish she had stayed on the tour to play doubles," says Bryan, whose twin sons Bob and Mike are the world's top men's team.

But Bryan also saw the thornier side of Kournikova's fame: the extra security she needs on the road at times, the overfamiliarity of fans who have overimbibed, the gaping and unsolicited comments, as if her mere presence created a de facto red carpet. "She handles it pretty well, but I can't imagine being her full-time," he says.

Team tennis, clinics and exhibitions are the ideal way for Kournikova to stay involved but not intimate with the game. She watches Grand Slam action on television but doesn't keep close track of who's up or down; among the players she most enjoys, she said, are Justine Henin (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=398) and the two young Serbians, Ana Ivanovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=200) and Jelena Jankovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=312).

Kournikova says she hasn't spoken to her friend and former doubles partner Martina Hingis about Hingis' sad exit from the game late last year after a positive cocaine test (a result Hingis disputed) and a return of chronic pain from injury.

"I just know what I read in the press, and as I know, myself, very well, it might be twisted," Kournikova says. "I really hope everything will work out with her. At the end of the day, she's a complete legend. She's achieved so much and I have nothing but respect for her."

A comeback didn't seem out of the question for Kournikova as recently as a couple of years ago, and she still won't completely rule it out, but she says she's content.

"I sleep very good at night," she says. "I know where I came from, what I achieved, how hard I've worked, I know what kind of results I've had. There's a lot more things I want to achieve and explore and learn. I want to get more educated and grow as a person, but I think I did pretty well with tennis."

Apr 5th, 2008, 11:48 AM
New Diary entry -

Having Fun

Hey guys -

I have been having so much fun this past week and a half in Miami! The Sony Ericsson Tournament has been going on here at Key Biscayne, so I have been hanging out at the courts a little bit. I had to go to the site to do a few interviews, and I also got a chance to watch a few matches, and of course I got a chance to catch up with some old friends. I had a great time being around the tennis scene again; it was just like old times! We all got a chance to hang out away from the courts too. I attended the tournament party and Gustavo Kuerten's retirement party. I am not used to going the clubs, and I totally lost my voice but had a great time!

I actually have some more events and shoots coming up with K-Swiss next week. I am going to be doing another print shoot for the "Keep it Pure" campaign here on South Beach on the 7th and 8th, and then I am running in a triathlon on South Beach on Sunday the 13th. K-Swiss is one of the sponsors of the triathlon, and I am running 4 miles of the race, and all proceeds will benefit St. Judes Children's Hospital. After the race I'm going to be at the K-Swiss tent on the Beach signing autographs and doing some meet and greets, and then in the evening I'll be at a K-Swiss sponsored cocktail party on a yacht in Miami Beach. I can't wait to get to the beach and run outside, although I am not too excited about having to get up at 5am!!!

I will check back in with you guys after the photo shoot and the triathlon. Keep a look out for some behind the scenes pics!

Apr 6th, 2008, 03:59 PM
thx GL

Apr 11th, 2008, 11:11 AM
My Latest K-Swiss Photo Shoot

Hi guys -

Here's a quick update on what has been going on this week. On Tuesday I had to get up really early to go to the CBS4 studio and do their morning show to promote the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, which I'll be running in on Sunday. From there, we went straight to the first location and started shooting a new ad for K-Swiss, lots of behind the scenes pictures included for you here! We shot all day until 8pm but got sidetracked by lots of rain, so we had to go back on Wednesday to finish 2 shots, they both ended up great!

Don't forget about the Triathlon on Sunday in South Beach and next week I'll be going to Tijuana, Mexico to open a Boys and Girls Club there, I'm really looking forward to it!!"


8am, doing the CBS4 Morning Show to promote the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.


Getting ready for K-Swiss photo shoot with my main hair man, Steven.


Getting my make-up done by my main beauty guy, Davide.


Ready to shoot in Miami.


My best friend’s dog, he’s the real star!


First shot of the day, on the boat.


Getting primped.


Penthouse with a beautiful view for the second shot.


Steven doing his work.


Davide performing his magic (making me look pretty!)


Richard the photographer had to get wet!


Last shot of the shoot, a portrait.

Apr 13th, 2008, 02:33 AM
Just gorgeous!

Apr 13th, 2008, 03:51 PM
flawless! thx GL!

Apr 13th, 2008, 10:22 PM
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Anna Kournikova (http://mavrixonline.com/mavrixonline/anna_kournikova/) joined the K-Swiss team to take part in the first annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon in South Beach yesterday. Anna placed second among the celebrities in the Female Relay.

Apr 17th, 2008, 10:06 AM
Anna Kournikova sweats it out

Posted on Thu, Apr. 17, 2008

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Miami Beach resident, tennis bombshell and K-Swiss fashionista Anna Kournikova changed up her regular routine a bit last weekend to run the four-mile leg of the Nautica South Beach Triathlon as part of a celebrity relay team with Olympian Dana Torres (swimming) and model/triathlete Katya Myers (biking). With a large bottle of water in hand post-run, and the admission that she ate too much seafood the night before, Kournikova, 26, took a timeout to talk about running, boyfriend Enrique Iglesias and her home.
Why did you decide to compete in the triathlon?
``The most important reason I did this was for St. Jude Children's Hospital. With it here in Miami, it was a no-brainer. I had never done one of these, so it was also a new experience and challenge for me. I would absolutely do it again.''
Did you do any kind of special training or did you just get up and go?
'It was more like `I will just get up in the morning and do it.' And whatever happens afterward, who cares? I work out regularly, so I did not change one thing. I do my usual 30- to 45-minute weights and then I walk for like an hour or so -- I don't run -- four times a week. But actually I was sick like a week ago, so I haven't exercised in 10 days.''
So even celebrities get sick?
``Oh, yes. Trust me. I don't normally get sick, but it was something weird. I was clammy and had a cold sweat. Yuck.''
Why did Miami become home for you?
``I know, it's really strange, but ever since I came here for the first time in 1992, I fell in love with it. It was always my dream. I thought if I can make enough money I would buy a place here. In 1997, I moved here permanently, and Miami is the only place where I actually own property in the whole world.''
So what is it about Miami that's special for you?
``I just love the area and the water and the weather and the people. I travel so much for work that when I come home, it's like I am on vacation, basically. And I like the lifestyle -- being able to wear flip-flops and shorts. I don't have time to worry about how I look. In a city like New York you can't go outside and relax. I like also that it's a small community. I just like everything about it.''
Do you have any favorite restaurants?
``I don't go to big, new trendy ones. I don't normally go to Ocean Drive or Lincoln Road. I go to basic, classic ones, like China Grill and NoBu and Bond Street. Big Pink. Alta Mar.''
Would you change anything about Miami?
``I think Miami is perfect. I wouldn't want the roads to be any bigger because there would be more cars. Parking is a little difficult but I wouldn't change anything.''
Did you watch Enrique [Iglesias] perform on the Latin Billboards?
``I watched it on TV. I didn't go. We never mix work. We keep that separate.''

Apr 17th, 2008, 10:29 AM
thx GL for the new pix and the interview

Apr 19th, 2008, 10:41 PM
New diary entry from Anna -

Tijuana Boys and Girls Club

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm back in Miami after my trip to Tijuana, Mexico. What a great experience! I actually drove to Tijuana from San Diego, CA and I've never crossed the border by car before, so that was very cool to see. I went to Tijuana to open the first ever Boys and Girls Club outside the U.S., which we'll hopefully be doing much more of in the future! As you know, there's a lot of poverty in Tijuana, so it was a great honor and a dream for me to open a safe place for young kids there and to give them the opportunities that they deserve. I was very pleasantly surprised by the large amount of media that attended, since the whole point was to attract awareness and attention to the kids' needs. As usual, the most fun for me was when I could lose myself with the kids and see their beautiful smiles. That's what brings me the most pleasure!!
I know you guys have seen all the media pictures from the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, but there wasn't any "backstage," so here are all my personal pictures from the Tijuana trip, hope you enjoy them! Thanks again for all your support and come back soon!
The opening of The Boys and Girls Club of Tijuana, Mexico.
We had an amazing press turn out, which was great since we were there to bring awareness to the club.
Having a chat with my friend Kurt Aschermann, who has done so much for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
At the podium with all the government officials who were part of making the club possible.
Me trying to give my speech in Spanish.
Lost in translation.
Being educated about the club.
High-5’ing the gym class.
Members of the gym class and the instructor, who happened to be Russian!
This is the best part, being with the kids!
Arts and Crafts class.
Me trying to be creative, but I was bad!
Q & A with the press.
Taking pictures with the Boys and Girls club members.

May 4th, 2008, 04:51 PM
thx GL! nice pix!

May 12th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Kournikova Relaunches Website
Posted on May 12, 2008

Tennis star Anna Kournikova and SportsMates, Inc., the global sports social network, today announced the relaunch of Kournikova.com, Anna's official website, with K-Swiss as lead sponsor.

Originally launched in 2001, Kournikova.com has consistently ranked as one of the most popular official athlete websites. According to Lycos, Anna was the most searched-for athlete on the Internet in 2007, a title she's held for the past eight years.

The completely revamped Kournikova.com features Anna's personal blog, videos and photo galleries containing exclusive photos from Anna's personal collection, including behind-the-scenes photos from Anna's photo shoots and appearances.

The site also features an About Me section that provides her fans with an intimate look into both her professional history as well as current favorites, upcoming events, product recommendations, where she is and status updates sent from her mobile phone.

In addition, the more than 340,000 registered members of Kournikova.com now have their own social networking community on SportsMates.

"I am so excited to relaunch my new website," Anna Kournikova said. "I love communicating with my fans and I am looking forward to having a lot more personal interaction with them in the new Ask Anna community section of my site. It's a great way for me to keep the relationship strong and I hope they enjoy the new site as much as I do!"

"Anna has some of the most passionate fans in the world," stated Blair Cummins, CEO of SportsMates, Inc. "We're pleased to offer them a highly interactive website and social network to connect with Anna and each other."

To celebrate the relaunch of Kournikova.com, lead sponsor K-Swiss is giving fans the chance to win autographed memorabilia and a telephone call from Anna as part of the K-Swiss "Win a Call from AnnaK" Sweepstakes and Contest which begins on May 19, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.kournikova.com/win-a-call-from-annak/ (http://www.kournikova.com/win-a-call-from-annak/).

"We are excited to partner with Kournikova.com as Anna is a fantastic brand ambassador for K-Swiss with her tennis background as well as her unique perspective on women's athletic footwear and apparel," stated Jennifer Weiderman, Vice President of Marketing for K-Swiss.

K-Swiss will be hosting live online chats with Anna for the members of the social networking community on SportsMates located at http://clubs.sportsmates.com/kournikova/ (http://clubs.sportsmates.com/kournikova/). The first will take place on May 31, 2008 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Jun 7th, 2008, 09:54 AM
Happy 27th birthday Anna!
с днем рождения :D :bounce: :woohoo: :drive: :rocker: :banana: :banana: :bdaycake: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :music: :rocker2: :yippee:


Jun 7th, 2008, 04:03 PM
happy b-day anna! 27 years old...and she is still as perfect!

the cat
Jun 8th, 2008, 01:18 PM

Jun 19th, 2008, 09:14 AM
up up up!

Jun 24th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Anna was at a Chanel fashion show


Jun 25th, 2008, 04:40 PM
thx GL! I saw a picture of her with that dress and that shoes in a mag but didn't know where or when it was! thx for sharing

Jul 7th, 2008, 10:47 PM
Anna in Stuttgart

10.00 Uhr MercedesCup-ProAm mit Anna Kournikova, Michael Stich, Henri Leconte
sowie prominenten Gästen aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Sport
11.00 Uhr 1. Runde Hauptfeld
14.00 Uhr Show-Match mit Anna Kournikova, Barbara Schett, Michael Stich, Henri Leconte

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Jul 8th, 2008, 07:42 PM
Pictures from Anna's exhibtion in Stuttgart


Jul 10th, 2008, 06:17 PM
In case you didn't read it yet..


Jul 10th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Anna wrote a blog on her website today -

Back from Germany!
July 10, 2008

Hey guys,
I’m back in Miami for a few days after my trip to Germany, before I leave for World Team Tennis, and I wanted to give you a quick update on how the trip went. When I got to Frankfurt I found out that my flight to Stuttgart had been cancelled because of a strike, so I had to drive there, which turned out to be faster and easier. That evening, I attended the MercedesCup Laureus Charity Gala, which was in support of the Laureus ‘Sport For Good’ Foundation. The gala was really entertaining because a lot of great athletes attended and I was able to meet them all! It was especially cool when the famous Formula 1 racer Mika Hakkinen bought my signed racquet for 5,000 Euros during the live auction. I was totally surprised and shocked that a tennis racquet would go for so much, but I guess when it’s for a good cause people are willing to spend a bit more. During that evening I also got to spend time with my great friend Barbara Schett. It was fantastic to catch up with her and reminisce about old times…we certainly had some good laughs together!

After the gala I had to go to sleep early, as I had to get ready for the ProAm at 9am the next day. My actual mixed doubles match was at 2pm that day and I played with Henri Leconte against Barbara and Michael Stich. It was awesome to play on red clay again, as I haven’t played on it in about a year. The match was close, we won 9-8, (7-2 in the tiebreaker), and I felt really comfortable and enjoyed being on the court, so I hope the fans loved it too. We had some amazing points and, of course, Henri Leconte was hilarious! On the last day in Germany I had to wake up at 4am to catch my flight back to the States, so even though I didn’t get a lot of sleep over those few days, it was a really great trip! It felt good to be back in Germany, as I have so many great memories from my playing days there.

Don’t forget to check out the WTT matches, and I’ll be back soon with updates!

Jul 16th, 2008, 11:27 AM
thx for all the new pix and all the news