Preview photos of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue: Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, Tatiana Golovin

Sneak peak into the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue: Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, Tatiana Golovin

Thanks to the Off the Baseline website we’re able to see the highly-anticipated 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photos prior to their official release.

Russian Maria Kirilenko, Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova and French Tatiana Golovin were photographed by Walter Iooss. As for Kirilenko, we know she enjoyed posing on the beach in the Dominican Republic.

Tatiana Golovin in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

We still don’t know who will appear on the cover; it will be announced on Monday’s episode of David Letterman. The 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is dropping on Tuesday the 10th.

Women’s tennis players that had previously appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue include: Anna Kournikova, Maria Sharapova, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

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16 thoughts on “Preview photos of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue: Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, Tatiana Golovin

  1. Carlos

    Are they promoting sex appeal or tennis? Not that I mind the sex appeal, but between this three 0 grand slams titles and known to choke under pressure.

  2. Marija

    I guess it's easier to promote a sport if mixed a bit with beauty and glamor. The problem is when you go too far into the non-sport direction.

    As for the trio, yeah, no Grand Slam titles, but they are good players nevertheless.

  3. Carlos

    I agree that Hantuchova is a solid player, she's been a top ten player have won Indian wells twice; but remember no major titles outside Indian wells. As for the other two, pretty faces but has not reach the top ten ranking. In my point of view beauty is exploited not accomplishments. My theory is the higher the ranking the shorter the skirts.

  4. Marija

    Top 20 is not easy to reach either. And both Kirilenko and Golovin were Top 20 players. But yeah, beauty is exploited, it has always been, people love beauty.

  5. Diane

    Actually, there is no proof that such antics promote women's tennis even a tiny bit. What they do promote are multiple hits on websites that steal the photos and provide "entertainment" for web surfers who then post very obscene and misogynistic comments about the players.

    It also promotes hell out of Sports Illustrated's bank account.

  6. Marija

    I guess that's the order of the things in the world nowadays – bank accounts come first. It's very evident in all sports.

    Players are apparently embracing such photo shoots. Even though there is no proof, I assume they're promoting the sport, at least a bit.

  7. Kristine

    I never saw Dani's appeal. She's ok, but she's real skinny. Kirilenko is beautiful, I'll grant that, and Tati has sex appeal. But Hantuchova? I just don't get it. That's just me, I guess.

    And if Tati's serious about making a comeback, she should be on a tennis court practicing, given her current ranking in the 700's.

  8. Marija

    Who would have thought Tati would be ranked 782th! Hehe, maybe she thought if she took off the upper part of her swimsuit her ranking would rise. Anyway, in the pics, I find Tati the sexiest and Maria the most beautiful.

  9. fyuto

    They look like clones with no personality,Hantuchova and Maria look dead in the face.This shoot is supposed to be about fun,only Tati looks happy

  10. Diane

    "I assume they're promoting the sport, at least a bit."

    I think one would be very hard pressed to find proof of that, Marija. Name recognition and ticket sales do not reflect fashion or swimsuit photo shoots. Because people who look at the swimsuit issue, etc. do not generally care about tennis or women's sports. In fact, anecdotally speaking, I find many people think that Sharapova is Kournikova. They don't have a clue.

    The tour can be successfully promoted only by the sports media (which, of course, tends to ignore women's sports altogether), and buy sports programs in schools and communities.

    As for Golovin, I wonder if it's time to get the fork out. I saw some photos of her recently; she was standing outside a nightclub smoking a cigarette.

  11. Marija

    Haha "In fact, anecdotally speaking, I find many people think that Sharapova is Kournikova." That's funny, I can imagine. :)

    I totally understand your point, Diane, you're probably right. What I meant by "at least a bit" was that some people at least hear about tennis, and when they see let's say Ivanovic on the screen, they will watch the game for at least a bit. But overall, yes, some other things promote the real love of the sport.

    However, apparently, the sex appeal is bringing the money in. But it's quite shocking to me how much the WTA is emphasizing that aspect of athletes. I would assume that the official body of the sport would promote the real values, but that's not the case.

  12. John

    Daniela Hantuchova has several Grand slam wins as a doubles partner. Do some homework before you claim someone does not have a title!! J

  13. Marija Post author

    John, when we're talking about Grand Slam titles we're always referring to singles titles. When I say Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam champion I'm thinking of her singles Grand Slam titles.

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