Anna Kournikova

Unlike her tennis counterparts Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova achieved international fame not for winning a championship tournament, but for the glamour and sex appeal she brought to the sport. The ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1981 in MoscowSU

Filmography

Actor (10)

The Biggest Loser 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

She Got Game 2002 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Motel Manager (Actor)

A Passion to Play: The Making of a Champion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Unlike her tennis counterparts Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova achieved international fame not for winning a championship tournament, but for the glamour and sex appeal she brought to the sport. The Russian-born beauty trained at an early age, displaying prowess on the court while training at top tennis academies. Kournikova captivated the sports world with an impressive Grand Slam debut at the 1996 U.S. Open, where she reached the fourth round of competition against top-ranked Graf. Kournikova failed to win a singles title throughout her career, but instead showed her strength as a doubles player along with her partner (and former competitor) Hingis. Trading in her tennis gear for skimpy swimsuits while posing in numerous magazine pictorials, including the 2004 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, helped rebrand Kournikova's image from a rising tennis star into one of the world's sexiest athletes. Despite attracting plenty of media attention for her bombshell court attire and her steamy romance with crooner Enrique Iglesias, Kournikova also used her fame to help others, whether it was playing in charity matches or appearing as a celebrity trainer on "The Biggest Loser" (NBC, 2004- ), which endeared her to millions as a genuine role model.

Relationships

Pavel Bure

Companion
Reported to have been engaged in 2000 No longer together

Sergei Fedorov Actor

Husband
Fedorov claimed they were married in 2001 Kournikova's representatives denied they were ever married Reportedly divorced in 2003

Enrique Iglesias Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2001 after she appeared in his video, "Escape" There have been numerous reports that the couple were briefly married and later separated, but in 2010 Kournikova confirmed they were still together with no plans to marry

Sergei Kournikov

Father
Was a former Greco-Roman wrestling champion Earned a Ph.D. and was a professor at the University of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow

Alla Kournikov

Mother
Was a former 400-meter runner

Allen Kournikov

Brother

Milestones

2011

Joined the fourth season of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser" as a regular celebrity trainer

2010

Appeared on an episode of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" where she led the contestants in a tennis-workout challenge

2008

Named a spokesperson for K-Swiss

2003

Ended her professional tennis career due to injuries

2002

Won her second doubles Grand Slam title, partnering with Martina Hingis at the Australian Open

1999

Reached the World No. 1 ranking in doubles

1999

Won her first doubles Grand Slam title, partnering with Martina Hingis at the Australian Open

1998

Won her first WTA doubles title, partnering with Monica Seles in Tokyo

1996

Made her grand slam debut at the U.S. Open

1995

Crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18

1995

Made her professional tennis debut in the Fed Cup for Russia, becoming the youngest player ever to participate and win at age 14

1991

Signed a management deal at age ten and went to Bradenton, FL, to train at Nick Bollettieri's celebrated tennis academy

1989

Began appearing in junior tournaments

Bonus Trivia

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Her 2001 season was dominated by injury, including a left foot stress fracture which forced her withdrawal from twelve tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon.

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Kournikova was named one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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In 2002 she also placed first in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" in U.S. and UK editions.

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