|Anna obviously has answered these few questions - published on the last page of this magazine.
On the left side of this one-on-one-Interview is a picture of Anna (from the opening of the Porcelanosa-store in Valencia, April 27th, 2006) - below the picture she's described as "Athlete / Spokesmodel"
Growing up in Russia, did you ever think you'd become an international tennis icon?
Anna: "No. I never thought about being an icon. When I started playing tennis I was 5 years old, and I had tons of energy, so my motivation was purely for enjoyment and fun. I met a lot of friends through tennis too, so I never really thought about being an icon, it was just great fun for me to run around on the court and be with other kids."
What do you miss most about being on tour?
Anna: "I really miss the competitive aspect of tennis, and being out on the court pushing myself to the limit and competing one on one against an opponent. I also miss the excitement of the fans, and of course all of my friends on the tour."
People often say Maria Sharapova is the next Anna Kournikova. What are your thoughts on that?
Anna: "I'm sure the comparison "stens" [cannot really read that word] from the fact that we are both tennis players. And that we are born Russian. So I think it is really natural for people to compare us. Maria accomplished so much at such a young age, and she has really done a lot for women's tennis. She's a really nice person and I respect all of her great accomplishments."
Tell us about the work you do with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Anna: "The Boys and Girls Club is extremely important to me for very personal reasons. I grew up playing tennis in a very similar enviroment in Moscow. With a structured and nuturing, and people who showed me a lot of love and attention it gave me a sense if belonging - taught me many invainable lesson in??? [cannot really read that part, sorry]. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Americai teaches those same lessons to children, so for me this was a natural fit. I just love going to the centers and spending time with the kids."
You recently participated in the Mercedes Benz Tennis Classic in Tampa, Fla. What was that experience like for you?
Anna: "I've participated in quite a few events with Jim Courier and John McEnroe the last couple of years. It is always a lot of fun for me to see them and get back out on the court and comete. Jim's event in Tampa benefits his foundation. Couriers kids, which is a program centered around getting kids actice in tennis and teaching them the benefits if competition, discipline and teamwork. It's a great cause and I'm always happy to be a part of his efforts with children!"
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Anna: "I love to hang out with my friends and relax. Relaxing for me can be shopping, reading, going to the beach or going out to dinner and the movies."
What's it like kissing your international hottie boyfriend, Enrique Iglesias?
Anna: "I'm really happy in my relationship. He's a great person and we have a lot of fun together."
Have you ever spent time in our Southern city? If so, what did you enjoy most?
Anna: "I have been to Atlanta a few times, but the most amount of time I spent here was for the 1996 Olympics. It was an amazing experience for me and everyone was so friendly and "hospitable" [don't know exaclty if that's the word she wrote]. I always love coming back."
What's your favorite section in JEZEBEL?
Anna: "I enjoy the hotspots section and fashion section."
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