Monday, May 26, 2008
Ashley Harkleroad will be appearing in nude photos in Playboy's August edition. The 23-year-old tennis player first riveted the tennis world's attention with a racy outfit at the 2001 US Open when she was just a minor. Harkleroad has often been compared to Anna Kournikova for her blatant use of sex appeal, and her Playboy appearance just furthers the comparison.
Asked about her decision to appear in Playboy, Ashley Harkleroad replied, "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." This comment was made after her defeat in the first round of the French Open against Serena Williams. In a record, Ashley will be the first tennis player to grace the pages of Playboy.
Ranked 61 in singles and 145 in doubles, Ashley Harkleroad reached her career height of 39 in 2003. She was married to ATP Pro Alex Bogomolov, Jr. for two years before they divorced in 2006. Currently, Ashley is engaged to another ATP Pro, Chuck Adams.
But Ashley's tennis career hasn't come without a cost. She lost an ovary at the Sony Ericsson Open after a cyst in one of her ovaries burst. Perhaps a scar from the operation will be visible in Harkleroad's nude Playboy photos.
Ashley Harkleroad Photos
Ashley Harkleroad 2001 US Open
Ashley Harkleroad Intercepts Ball