The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue featured a big-time tennis star on the cover. Naomi Osaka was one of three cover models for this year’s issue.
Osaka is not the first big-time tennis star to pose for the magazine.
Sharapova, now 34, posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2006. She was one of the biggest tennis stars in the world at the time of her photoshoot. The Russia native won Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and ’14.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit released a behind-the-scenes look at Sharapova’s photoshoot with the magazine in 2006.
There have been several big-time sports stars featured in the magazine over the years.
Photos from the 2021 issue can be seen online here.