Anna Kournikova’s Sex Appeal
I think most people would agree that if you are a pro athlete and you are good looking it can help your career away from the sport. A good looking athlete (Anna Kournikova) might get more product endorsements and may find themselves more in demand when it comes to the talk shows etc. But normally all of that takes a back seat to the person’s performance in their sport. You never see a good looking NFL QB who is average at best on the field beat out not so good looking world class QB’s for endorsements. It just doesn’t happen. Even if the second string guy on some team looks like a model, the product company will take Peyton Manning any day.
But tennis and Anna Kournikova are different. She proves that if you are a decent athlete and you happen to be drop dead gorgeous you can make millions away from the court. Yes, your mom might have told you that beauty is only skin deep and that it is what is inside that matters, but when it comes to cold hard cash nothing beats being smoking hot and blond. I think it is fair to say that most average pro athletes whose careers only last a handful of years with maybe three of those years being above average are not living in $10 million dollar mansions in one of the most expensive cities in the country.
It isn’t that Anna Kournikova was a terrible player. She had a winning record and at one time was ranked #8 in the world. She also was ranked #1 in doubles and won 16 different doubles titles. But in tennis it is all about the singles titles and she never won one of those. She officially retired from professional tennis in 2003, but last year she was still the #3 most searched athlete in the world behind only Manny Pacquiao and Tiger Woods. More people searched for Anna than Brett Favre, LeBron James and Cristiano Ronaldo. The other two tennis players on the top 10 list Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have won combined 59 singles titles to Kournikova’s zero but they can’t touch her when it comes to searches online. They also don’t have a poker hand named after them. The A-K is known as the Anna Kounikova because it “looks good but never wins.”
Some say that Kournikova’s selling of her house is a signal that she and longtime boyfriend Enrique Iglesias are finally going to get married. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. Part of the mythology of Anna is that as famous and exposed as she is, she keeps her personal life very private and you rarely even hear her talk. She shows up at events, she does photo shoots and she cashes checks.
Anna Kournikova just became a US citizen a few months ago. Maybe she is selling because she is starting a new chapter of her life and wants a new place to do that in. Somehow I doubt it is from lack of money. She still has the same sponsors she had when she was a pro and she plays on the charity circuit so she still gets plenty of exposure. While her tennis game has clearly been retired, her incredible looks live on and we, obviously, are still willing to buy that. Now Anna just needs to find one of us to plunk down nearly $10 million for her house and that famous smile will get even bigger.
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