Top Ukrainian tennis player and world number six in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Elina Svitolina took part in “an erotic photoshoot” for the December issue of Ukraine’s XXL magazine.
The 23-year-old player was featured on the magazine’s front page holding a tennis racket and sporting a tiger tattoo on her thigh.
Apart from several revealing pictures on the magazine’s pages, Svitolina was also pictured sitting in a piquant pose on a sink wearing a black bra and unzipped shorts.
The winner of the 2010 Roland Garros junior tournament says she enjoyed doing this “fantastic job” and would like to pose for men’s magazines again in the future.
“Have I taken part in erotic photo shoot before? No, this was my first time,” she said to btu.org.ua.
“The team’s professionalism gave me confidence and I felt relaxed. I’m glad that we did this fantastic job together with the shooting team. If anybody asks me whether I will agree to pose for magazines again, I will confidently say ‘yes,’” she added.
Svitolina, holder of 11 WTA tournament titles who earned $3.2 million in prize money last season, will be among the top-seeded players at the 2018 Australian Open, which will be held in Melbourne in January.