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post #1 of 139 (permalink) Old May 26th, 2008, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ashley in Playboy!?!

I'm amazed that there's not a thread about this here, so I figured I'd start one. As was mentioned by the commentators on ESPN during her match with Serena today, apparently Ashley has posed for Playboy and the pictures will be featured in the August issue, which will be released sometime in July. Here's an article about it from the USA Today website:

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PARIS (AP) — Ashley Harkleroad, the 61st-ranked American who lost to Serena Williams 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday in the first round of the French Open, said she posed for the August edition of Playboy magazine.

"I thought about it, and it was something that I did," Harkleroad said after the match. "I'm proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete's body."

The 23-year-old noted other athletes who have appeared in the magazine, including Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard and former volleyball player Gabrielle Reese.

"I'll be the first tennis player ever. That's kind of cool," Harkleroad said.

"There's a few reasons why I did it, but I can't really go into it right now," she added. "But like I said, I really didn't think it was that big of a deal. I'm proud of my body. I stay in shape and try to stay fit."

Williams, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, said she respected Harkleroad's decision to pose for the men's magazine, but ruled out her own pictorial.

"I can't say right now it's in any thought of my mind to be in that mag," Williams said. "But I'm happy for her if that's what she wanted to do. It takes a lot of courage."
Here's another article about it:

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PARIS (AFP) — America's Ashley Harkleroad was knocked out of the French Open by Serena Williams on Sunday but stole the headlines from her publicity-conscious compatriot by announcing she has posed for Playboy.

The blonde 22-year-old, who has endured a mediocre career on the women's tour and sits at 61 in the world, revealed she had agreed to the photoshoot while she lay in a hospital bed recovering from surgery to remove a cyst on her ovaries.

Harkleroad, who lost her first round match 6-2, 6-1, believes she is the first tennis player to pose for the magazine and follows American swimmer Amanda Beard in baring all for the cameras.

"I was just lying there in hospital for three weeks, and an offer came to me. I thought about it and it was something that I did. I'm proud of my body," said the Florida native whose pictures will appear in the August edition.

"I stay in shape and try to stay fit. I'm just trying to represent a female athlete and her body. That can be sexy too. It's no big deal."

Williams said she backed Harkleroad's decision to pose for the magazine.

"I do appreciate that magazine. I think Hugh Hefner is a great businessman, and he has a niche that he just did really amazing in," said Williams.

"I'm happy for her if that's what she wanted to do. It takes a lot of courage. And whether I'm courageous enough, I don't know, but it's great for someone to be so courageous and tough."
And guess what? Thanks to this being mentioned during the Serena match, "Ashley Harkleroad" is currently #2 in today's top Google searches. Isn't that crazy? Anyway, I for one think this is pretty cool, because I've always thought Ashley was a beautiful girl and I'm not one of those people who thinks less of a girl for posing naked. What does everybody else think?

ETA: She's now fallen to number #3 in the Google searches, but that's still pretty cool!

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I think itll be great promo for womens tennis right around the time of the us open. Knowing Playboy, theyll be tasteful with a nice article to go along with the pics
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LOVE IT! You go Ashley Show us your great body, nothing wrong with that
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Let's hope she inspire many other players to do the same!
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Holy sh!t. "Ashley Harkleroad" actually wound up finishing as yesterday's #1 search term on Google. That's friggin awesome!
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Here's another article about her being in Playboy:

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Tennis-Open-Harkleroad fulfils naked ambition with Playboy shoot
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PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) - She may have been defeated by Serena Williams at the French Open on Sunday, but Ashley Harkleroad claimed a more glamorous coup over her American rival -- by appearing on the pages of Playboy magazine.

The 23-year-old Harkleroad found herself kicking her heels earlier this year when she was recovering from surgery to remove a cyst from her ovaries.

While others would choose to convalesce on a relaxing vacation or just lounge in front of the television, Harkleroad chose to accept the offer of posing nude for the world's most famous glamour magazine.

"I was just laying there for three weeks, and, you know, an offer came to me," the woman from smalltown Georgia told goggle-eyed reporters.

"I thought, well, I'm not really doing anything right now so I thought about it and it was something that I did. I'm proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete's body."

REFRESHING CHANGE

She said she would be the first tennis player to appear in the magazine, August's edition the male journalists furiously noted, and that it had been a refreshing change to the treadmill of the women's tour.

"It was hard work, but, you know, it was just a completely different experience. It was fun. I think it comes out July 13th. It's the August edition. So you'll see for yourself.

"I stay in shape and try to stay fit, so like I said, I'm just trying to represent a female athlete and her body. That can be sexy too, you know."

Serena was full of admiration for Harkleroad's naked ambition when she was told about the Los Angeles photoshoot.

"I'm just surprised that she beat me to it," Serena, no stranger to the camera lens herself, joked with reporters.

"I'm happy for her if that's what she wanted to do. It takes a lot of courage. And whether I'm courageous enough, I don't know, but that's great for someone to be so courageous and tough."

Would Serena be following in the footsteps of Harkleroad, U.S. swimmer Amanda Beard and volleyball player Gabrielle Reece and bare all for Playboy?

"I can't say right now it's in any thought of my mind to be in that mag. I do appreciate that mag. I think (Playboy owner) Hugh Hefner is a great businessman."
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Here's the complete transcript of the interview (or press conference or whatever it was) where Ashley talked about posing for Playboy:

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Q. I know this is a really weird segue, but ESPN TV reported today that you posed for Playboy.
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Right.

Q. When did that happen?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: I got — I did that a few weeks ago while I was out, so I’ll just be in the August edition.

Q. Can I just say wow?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Yeah. You can say whatever you want (laughing).

Q. You went through surgery and then posed for Playboy?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Yeah. Like, I don’t know, I was just laying there for three weeks, and, you know, an offer came to me. I thought, Well, I’m not really doing anything right now.
So I thought about it, and, you know, it was something that I did. I’m proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete’s body, you know.
Like Amanda Beard would have done, so, yeah.

Q. I guess the thing that people might be curious about is you had just had surgery, fairly traumatic surgery, so you might not have been in maybe tip top shape.
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Actually, I was like super thin, you know. I was like thinner than I probably would have been like muscle wise. But we did it in a course of like four different days, so I was working out like a week. My body was actually getting back to more muscular.
But, see, when I don’t play tennis I lose all my muscle, so I become like a size smaller in jeans and everything like that. But at the same time, you know, there was really nothing. I wasn’t really doing anything, and like I said, the offer came to me and I thought about it and decided that I would do it.

Q. Are you like the Playmate for the month, or is this just a separate thing with sort of the scope of it?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: I don’t know. I mean, you just, like, check it out. I think it comes out July 13th. It’s the August edition. So you’ll see for yourself. It’s no big deal to me. But, you know, just that’s really all I can really say, you know.

Q. Are you part of the feature with women athletes or something, or is it just you?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Sometimes they put athletes in there. Like Amanda Beard, like I said or Gabriella Reece. So I’ll be the first tennis player ever. That’s kind of cool.

Q. Most of us don’t get that offer. Speaking for myself, anyway, in case you couldn’t tell. But what kind of experience was that? I mean, interesting or different thing to do? What was it like? Play? Hard work?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: It was hard work, but, you know, it was just a completely different experience. It was fun.

Q. Where did you do it?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: L.A.

Q. Where in L.A. was it? What was the venue?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Just a few different places. They set up a few different places here and there in L.A.

Q. Indoors? Outdoors?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Two times outdoors, one time indoors.

Q. With water, no water?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: No. You know, just, you know, check it out. July 13th it comes out, I think. Something like that, July 11 or July 13. It’s the August edition, so…

Q. I mean, Ashley, you’re weighing the pros and cons of doing that. Can you talk about what you thought the pros were and what the cons would be?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: You know, there’s a few reasons why I did it, but I can’t really go into it right now. You know, you can read it and you’ll understand probably more.
But like I said, I really didn’t think it was that big of a deal, you know. I’m proud of my body. I stay in shape and try to stay fit, so like I said, I’m just trying to represent a female athlete and her body. That can be sexy too, you know.

Q. With all due respect, because I heard you talk about this last year, having your career and earnings and money, is money a factor in something like that?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: I mean, Playboy treated me well, you know.

Q. But it wasn’t a determining factor? They didn’t say, We’re going to give you all sorts of money, and you said, Yeah, I’ve got to go?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: There were pros and cons that I had to deal with, and I took a few days to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to go about it.
So, like I said, they treated me well, and it was a fun experience. You know, you can — it’s really no big deal. It comes out in July, so.

Q. It’s a two parter.
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Okay (laughing).

Q. I have to ask, because the men won’t. Were you clothed at all?
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD: Uh huh. I was, sometimes (laughing). You know, it’s Playboy. It’s very classy, so…
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She's not the first ... Brazilian Vanessa Menga did that earlier. And how ... real Brazilian style.

And a few more very daring pics by others ...
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IT"s all about Money!Don"t ever forget it, but how much does playboy pay for the photo shoot
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"I'll be the first tennis player ever. That's kind of cool," Harkleroad said, Vanesa Menga did it first for playboy brazilian edition, since it is all about the money that makes Ashley Harkleroad a money whore,otherwise she wouldn't do it.
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i hope the wta suspends her for a season...
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"I'll be the first tennis player ever. That's kind of cool," Harkleroad said, Vanesa Menga did it first for playboy brazilian edition, since it is all about the money that makes Ashley Harkleroad a money whore,otherwise she wouldn't do it.
What's it to you If you don't like it, you don't have to buy the magazine and look at the photos
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i hope the wta suspends her for a season...
I hope you get banned from tennisforum.com for a season
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How much money Playboy pays, is everybody guess,$100,000
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Papercut, other than this year Indian Wells, Miami & Fed Cup, Ashley is a first to second round loser,she isn't that famous, i mean we know her, but why she was offered to posed nude on Playboy?,is the magazine going to sell more magazines than with the regular playmates, i mean she's pretty,but the playmates models are way prettier, she is an athlete - tennis player that poeple don't know her well, on the tennis world we do, they aren't going to see her, they can't relate to her
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