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Enrique-Interview for Sports Illustrated's Q&A

July 2007



Anna's man

Enrique Iglesias on sports and life with Kournikova

Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Enrique Iglesias for the magazine's Q&A. The singer (who doubles as the boyfriend of Anna Kournikova) has a new album, Insomniac. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation:

Why are people interested in your relationship?
Enrique: "I don't know. I think it's because of her than me. Mainly, I think its because she's an athlete and I am singer. We live a pretty normal life, though."

Is there a sport you can beat Anna at?
Enrique: "Anything except tennis and wrestling. Her reflexes are disturbingly good. You throw anything at her, and she catches it."

Before you started going out with Anna, did you follow tennis?
Enrique: "I did, but now I can analyze it a bit. I like watching women's tennis more than men's, though watching Roger Federer is like watching something perfect."

How much do you think Anna misses tennis?
Enrique: "I don't know if she misses playing. She has played since she was 4 years old."

Do you ever see a time that Anna would try to play full time again?
Enrique: "I hate answering those questions because I feel like it's her career. But I'll tell you I think she's an amazing athlete. I'm not saying this because she is my girlfriend. The little that I know and analyzed in the past five years watching tennis, I think with woman what I've learned is that it is a lot more mental than with men."

Can you play at all?
Enrique: "I'm not good. Anna and I have not played much, maybe once. Just to get some exercise, I should do it more often."

Last year, we asked some SI swimsuit models to rate the most beautiful athletes in the world. One of our judges, a model named Anne V, said that she gave Anna the highest vote because "Enrique Iglesias is a nice piece of ass." What's your reaction?
Enrique: "[laughs] My reaction is I think she has bad taste."

What have you learned about athletes that you didn't know before you started dating one?
Enrique: "I respect athletes 1,000 times more now. In music you can start whenever, 18 or 19 years old. If you want to be an athlete, you have to start when you are 4 or 5. There is so much dedication, so many hours, mentally and physically. Sometimes your mind wants it so much but your body cannot handle it. Anna took to me the place where she was brought up in Russia and if you see the house she live in, you can open up your arms and touch it wall to wall. Out of there, she played every single day for eight hours since she was 5 years old. For me, it's mind-boggling. To me, she is the most amazing person I have ever met."





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