The coronavirus is giving many of us time to delve into some reading, including a New York Times tennis writer who is looking back through a book written on the women’s tour in 2000.
This week he shared a couple of pages on social media offering a sneak peek at the juggernaut who was Anna Kournikova.
The Russian star was at the height of his fame that year – breaking into the world’s top 10 and breaking hearts along the way.
Take the time to read these pages describing the incredible state of your romantic life, in which the author Jon Wertheim noticed his “extraordinary ability to keep half a dozen suitors at the bottom of his yoyo” and he described the then 19-year-old as “the first female athlete to treat men as most male celebrities treat women”.
What a love triangle.
So Kournikova accepts a marriage proposal from ice hockey star Pavel Bure, with whom he lived in the same apartment complex in Miami.
But that’s a complete surprise for Sergei Federov, another Russian who plays in the NHL who had been tied to Kournikova for years and bought a $ 1.6 million penthouse before handing over the deed for $ 100.
After reading about the media commitment, Federov asks his hockey coach for a day off so that he can fly across the country to change his mind about Kournikova.
Enter the player room in an Arizona tournament with 240 roses and reach an “understanding” with Kournikova, who terminates her engagement to Bure.
If that were not enough, there are scandalous gossip about the domineering mother of the tennis star and the Russian mafia.
But Wertheim says the whole episode is far less sinister. Kournikova was simply organizing an advertising stunt to divert attention from his recent poor show – and Bure was the unfortunate collateral damage.
After dating several athletes – including an adventure with Mark Philippoussis in Australia – Kournikova met pop star Enrique Iglesias after appearing in her video for the song Escape and never looked back.
Originally published as Kournikova’s love life it was the next level