Maria Sharapova is one of many notable athletes to have posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
The 34-year-old former tennis champion posed for the iconic swimsuit edition in 2006, at the height of her fame. She turned pro in 2001 and won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004. Sharapova went on to win the US Open in 2006, the French Open in 2012 and ’14 and the Australian Open in 2008.
Sharapova had major fame both on and off the tennis court.
In 2006, the Russia native posed for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Some of Sharapova’s best photos from her shoot with the magazine have been shared on Twitter.
Maria Sharapova poses for the 2006 SI Swimsuit Issue: pic.twitter.com/OdDJUUopZN
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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s YouTube page also shared a behind-the-scenes look at Sharapova’s shoot in 2006.
Sharapova is one of several star athletes to pose for the swimsuit issue. Just this year, tennis star Naomi Osaka posed for the issue and landed one of the covers.
Photos from the 2021 edition of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue can be viewed here.