Anna Kournikova is a former professional tennis player. Despite this Russian-American tennis player never winning a World Tennis Association singles title, she still became one of the most famous female tennis players in the world. In fact, she was so successful that she has now accrued a personal net worth of $50 million. So, how did Ann Kournikova become so wealthy?
Born in Moscow, Russia, on June 7, 1981, Anna Kournikova began to learn tennis as a child when her father decided to teach her, and she then began taking lessons. She took part in multiple junior tournaments and soon attracted attention from tennis scouts across the world. By the age of ten, she had signed a management deal and moved to Florida to train at Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy. After moving to the United States, Kournikova became well known in tennis circles. She won the Italian Open Junior tournament and the European Championships at the age of 14. 1995 was an important year for Kournikova’s tennis career as it was in this year that she became the youngest player ever to win the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament’s 18-and-under division. She also became the under-18s Junior European Champion and the International Tennis Federation Junior World Champion U-18.
Jus before she achieved these titles, she had been given a wildcard to play in the WTA Moscow Ladies Open against adult female professional tennis players. Although she got through the qualifying rounds, she lost in the second round and was eliminated from the competition. At the same event, she took part in the WTA Tour doubles and she was partnered with Aleksandra Olsza. They performed well but lost the title match to Larisa Savenko-Neiland and Meredith McGrath. The following year, she got herself a new coach and she began to climb the ranks. She began winning more matches and progressing further in tournaments. When she lost matches, it was against some of the most talented tennis players in the world who were ranked significantly higher than Kournikova.
It was in 1998 that many people consider Kournikova to have made a breakthrough in her career. By then, she was ranked 16th in the world, which was the first time she had broken through to the top 20. She began reaching quarterfinals at some of the biggest tournaments in the world, and this meant that her profile was raised. However, she was yet to progress to the semi-finals or finals in any competition. Her career in doubles tennis was equally as successful, and she ended the 1998 tennis season ranked as number 10. Her success in doubles continued over the next two years, and she even won her first doubles title in 1999 when she was partnered with Martina Hingis and they played against Lindsay Davenport and Natasha Zvereva. Although she was doing well in doubles, getting as far as the semi-finals in big tournaments still evaded Anna Kournikova. In the final years of her career, Kournikova was plagued by injuries. Although she reached number one ranking in doubles, her singles career plateaued, and she was consistently ranked between the 10th and the 15th position.
The last time that Kournikova played on the WTA tour was back in 2003. Officially she then decided to retire from touring as a professional tennis player. However, she has continued to play in exhibitions and to compete in World Team Tennis. She has said in interviews that she would love to compete again if she was 100 percent fit, but she still has lingering problems from her former injuries. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Anna Kournikova has accrued an estimated personal net worth of $50 million. The main source of this money is her career as a professional tennis player. However, this is not the only way that Kournikova has made money. She has gained fame beyond the tennis courts predominantly because of her looks. At the age of just 15, she came to the attention of people who are not tennis fans when she began appearing in various magazines.
This led to her getting contracts to advertise and endorse products. In 2000, she was named as the face for a line of shock absorber sports bras by Berlei. Her billboard campaign featured the catchphrase ‘only the ball should bounce’. This campaign attracted further attention to Kournikova and she began to appear on more cover shoots for magazines, including the 2004 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The billboard campaign also led to her casting in the 2000 film ‘Me, Myself, & Irene’, in which she had a minor role. She has also made an appearance on television when she led contestants of ‘The Biggest Loser’ in a tennis-themed challenge in 2010. By season 12 of the series, she was named as one of the regular celebrity trainers, but she did not return the following season. Throughout her career, she has been included in lists for the hottest women in the world. For example, she is on the hottest women list by Men’s Health, People, FHM, and Maxim. She is also the most searched for female athlete on the Internet.
In her personal life, Anna Kournikova began a relationship with Enrique Iglesias in 2001. They briefly split in 2013 before reconciling. Throughout their relationship, there has been debate over whether the two are married. Kournikova likes to keep her relationships private, so she has neither confirmed or denied the rumors that they are married. In December 2017, Kournikova and Iglesias became parents to twins Lucy and Nicholas. They invested $20 million dollars to have a mansion built on a private island close to Miami, Florida. This is now the family home where they are raising their children, and it is estimated that the property is now worth in the region of $26 million. The family enjoy an active lifestyle and make the most of their coastal surroundings.