Anna Kournikova Mansion: Sale Proves Kournikova Is Most Successful Sports Bust
Anna Kournikova Mansion Sale Shows Kournikova's Appeal Outside Tennis
There is no such thing as a sure thing in sports. There are far more athletes that flame out early in their respective sports than there are those that succeed.
There are countless cautionary tales of athletes that blow their signing bonuses only to see their careers die before making the big bucks. It is hard to become a professional athlete, and harder still to thrive.
Anna Kournikova, for all intents and purposes, was not a great tennis player. She never won a major tournament and reached as high as eighth in the world rankings before she plummeted into
Yet here she is selling a home that is worth $9.4 million so that she can move in with her longtime boyfriend Enrique Iglesias. Now before you start asking why other athletes don't follow the same model of success, I will tell you it is near impossible.
Kournikova is a rare breed of athlete that was far more valuable off the tennis court. Her endorsements and modeling career carried her into the upper echelon of fame.
She is still one of the most visible tennis stars to have ever played the game, and she hardly plays anymore. Except from the occasional doubles cameos, she can no longer be considered a tennis player.
Yet she enjoys a great deal of wealth and fame. So what do other athletes have to do to enjoy such success after being run from their respective sports?
They have to be an extremely hot woman who is marketable no matter the talent. I never said the recipe was easy. The $9.4 million mansion she is selling has to be the biggest house of any athlete that was forced into early retirement.
So much for winning Wimbledon.
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