Anna Kournikova: Life Before Fame
From being one of the most Google-searched names, to being one of the most famous tennis players in the industry, to later becoming the wife of Enrique Iglesias, it seems there is little Anna Kournikova cannot accomplish. Anna Kournikova hails from an athletic family; her father was a wrestling champion and Kournikova's mother was a runner. The athleticism also reached Anna Kournikova's younger brother, who is a golf champion. Anna Kournikova was bred for athletic success, obtaining her first tennis racquet at the age of five. From that point, Anna Kournikova would play tennis twice a week from the age of six until her first junior tournament at the age of eight. At the age of ten, Anna Kournikova signed a management deal and moved to Florida to work with her future coach: Nick Bollettieri.
Tennis Career & More
Anna Kournikova's tennis career started on a high. At the age of 14 she won the European Championships. Kournikova then went on to the Italian Open Junior tournament and became the youngest tennis player to win the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament. By the age of 15, Anna Kournikova was a professional tennis player and had won two ITF titles. With coach: Nick Bollettieri by her side, Anna Kournikova became a member of the Russian delegation in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Anna Kournikova's tennis career was filled with many highs and lows - she lost some tournaments while winning others. Nevertheless, Anna Kournikova was established as a tennis player and coach Nick Bollettieri couldn't be more proud of his prodigy. Kournikova became the first woman to open and reach the semifinals in her debut year at the Wimbledon Championships. In November 1999, Anna Kournikova faced the Williams sisters during a doubles tournament with Martina Hingis by her side. Later in November 2000, Anna Kournikova entered the top 10 for the first time, ranking number eight in the singles and number four in the doubles. After an injury in 2001, Anna Kournikova had surgery in April and reached her second grand slam at the Australian Open. Thankfully, after recovering, Kournikova had a successful year in 2002. At the Australian Open in 2003, Anna Kournikova enjoyed her first Grand Slam victory. With the help of coach Nick Bollettieri, Anna Kournikova has gone on to enjoy a successful life after her retirement in 2010.
Fame Beyond Tennis
Over the span of her tennis career, Anna Kournikova gained popularity for her looks and style. After her open at the age of 15, it was clear that the athlete was not only talented in the sport of tennis but was also a beauty. Her beauty caused many fans to become infatuated with the tennis player, later creating an opportunity for Anna Kournikova to work with many magazines. She also produced the A Date with Anna: The Making of the Anna Kournikova Calendar DVD, obtained new endorsements, and built an acting career.
The Biggest Loser
Anna Kournikova made an appearance on the season 12 of The Biggest Loser. The Biggest Loser is a reality weight loss series which helps overweight and obese individuals reach their goals of attaining a healthy body image and weight. After a season on The Biggest Loser, Anna Kournikova made the decision to separate from the show. The Biggest Loser ran for 17 seasons.
A Date with Anna: The Making of the Anna Kournikova Calendar
In 2003, Anna Kournikova gave fans front row seats and a behind the scenes look into the creation of her calendar photo shoot in Mexico in the DVD special A Date with Anna: The Making of the Anna Kournikova Calendar. The DVD was made available for sale along with the calendar for the year 2003. A Date with Anna: The Making of the Anna Kournikova Calendar DVD continues to sell internationally including streaming and downloads. Anna Kournikova was one of the first athletes to give fans such an insight into her private life during the taping of A Date with Anna: The Making of the Anna Kournikova Calendar.
Enrique Iglesias' Wife
Anna Kournikova made an appearance in Enrique Iglesias' "Escape" video which was the start of speculation relating to their relationship. There were never any details released on how Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias met or how their relationship began. However, in 2001, it became public knowledge that Anna Kournikova had begun dating Enrique Iglesias in 2001 after a breakup with a previous boyfriend. Since their union, Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias have built a wonderful relationship. Enrique Iglesias and wife Anna Kournikova later moved to Miami together. Iglesias and his wife Kournikova later had twins in December 2017. Everyone not living under a rock knows how important Enrique Iglesias is to the music industry and with his wife Anna Kournikova, the family stands as one of the most powerful families in the Hollywood scene. Enrique Iglesias has a net worth of $85M from his musical career. He and his wife live in a mansion which has a net worth of $26M. The couple has a combined net worth of over $100M. Overall, Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias have shown couples that success is attainable through belief and hard work.
Anna Kournikova Trivia
I. Throughout her career, Anna Kournikova achieved greater success playing in doubles than singles. II. Anna Kournikova's career ended due to a herniated disk and spinal issues at the age of 21. III. Anna Kournikova attended the Russian University of Physical Culture. IV. Anna Kournikova is best known for her trademark tall figure and blonde hair. V. Anna Kournikova holds a net worth of $50M from being a tennis player, various endorsements, and other activities.