In the tennis world, there are few personalities that have achieved great successes in the game as well as thriving tremendously outside the field of tennis, particularly in the entertainment industry and one of such unique figures is Anna Kournikova. She is a renowned former top-seeded Russian tennis player who smashed many records in the international level and in her country as well such as becoming the WTA Newcomer of the year in 1996 and the youngest Russian player to win the Fed Cup competition. In the full blossom of her tennis career, she won a total of 16 doubles WTA titles and 2 ITF singles titles, achieving her career-high WTA singles ranking of World No.8 on 20th November 2000 along with becoming the World No.1 in doubles ranking on 22nd November 1999.
Anna Kournikova has also done some works as an actress by making appearances in movies and TV series including Me, Myself & Irene and The Biggest Loser. The beauteous sports athlete has additionally worked as a model for high-value sports agencies like Adidas and has appeared on top-notch modeling magazines like People’s Magazine, Sports Illustrated, FHM and Maxim Magazine. She is also known as the wife of the top musician, Enrique Iglesias. For an overview of Enrique Iglesia’s wife, continue reading.
Anna Kournikova Biography
The pretty tennis star who started playing tennis at the tender age of 5 was born as Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova in Moscow, Russia, the Soviet Union on 7th June 1981. She was born into a family that has a background in the field of sports as her father, Sergei Kournikova is a former champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, a part-time teacher of martial arts and a University of Physical Culture and Sports professor in Moscow while her mother, Alla Kournikova is a former 400-meter athlete. Likewise, her younger brother Allan Kournikova is a golfer who has won the Youth Golf World Championship, he made an appearance in the 2013 film, The Short Game.
After receiving a tennis racket as a new year gift at the age of 5, Kournikova began playing tennis with the encouragement of her father at Soklniki Park Tennis Club before joining Spartak Tennis Club under the tutelage of Larissa Preobrazhenskaya in 1986. She started to participate in junior competitions when she was eight years old and before long, her extraordinary performances began to attract scouts across the globe, which later led her to sign a contract with Paul Theofanous, an International Management Group (IMG) at the age of 10. Soon after that, Anna Kournikova moved to the USA and enrolled with the iconic Nick Bollettieri tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Her meteoric rise to stardom started at the age of 14, when she announced herself in the world of tennis by winning the Junior European Championship, Italian Open Junior Competition and becoming the youngest player to win the under 18 Junior Orange Bowl. More so, Enrique Iglesia’s wife crowned the year 2005 by clinching both the under 18 ITF Junior World Championship and Junior European Championship.
From there, she went on to win 2 ITF titles in Illinois and Michigan and Fed Cup for Russia in the following year, thereby becoming the youngest Russian player to win the Fed Cup. Before her untimely retirement due to chronic back pains at the age of 21, the comely athlete won 16 doubles WTA titles and 2 ITF singles, reaching her highest singles ranking, World No.8 on 20th November 2000 and her highest doubles ranking, World No.1 on 22nd November 1999.
Apart from having a successful career in tennis, Anna Kournikova has also made big hits in the entertainment industry as an actress and model. The highlights of her works include featuring alongside Renee Zellweger and Jim Carrey in the 2000 movie, Me, Myself & Irene as well as making an appearance as a trainer in the 2010 NBC TV series, The Biggest Loser. So far, the gorgeous actress has modeled for top brands like Adidas and Berlei’s sports bras and has also been featured as a cover for widely-read magazines like Maxim and Sports Illustrated. In addition to that, she was enlisted among the 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 by People’s Magazine and also emerged as World’s No.1 Sexiest Woman in the top 100 chart by FHM.
Anna Kournikova made in excess of $3 million through her career in tennis but has garnered a huge amount of money through her record and endorsement deals as a model including the $11 million made in 1999 from endorsements. Hence, her net worth is estimated to be about $50 million.
Her Family – Husband and Kids
The hot model met her now husband, Enrique Iglesia who is a renowned musician after appearing in his Escape music video in 2001. The couple successfully managed to hide their relationship as well as her pregnancy from the media. Anna Kournikova shares a twin, Nicholas Iglesia and Lucy Iglesia born in South Miami Hospital on 16th December 2017 with her husband. So far, their love is waxing stronger as they are still together.