The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue features one of the biggest tennis stars in the world on the cover. Naomi Osaka, one of the sport’s greatest players, is one of three cover models for the 2021 edition of the popular magazine.
Osaka is not the first tennis star to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Canadian tennis star Genie Bouchard posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue multiple years. Bouchard, now 27, posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2017 and ’18.
Some of Bouchard’s top Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue photos have been shared on social media.
Bouchard opened up to SI.com about what the photoshoots were like.
“At the beginning of the shoot, it’s always hard — wearing almost nothing definitely makes you feel self-conscious. But the photographer was amazing; he was so nice and supportive — he made me feel comfortable right away.”
“I realized I was there for a reason, and this gave me the confidence to be free and also have fun during the shoot!” Bouchard told SI.com.
Bouchard is one of several notable athletes to pose for the issue.
Photos from Bouchard’s shoots can be seen online here.