Email
Print
Email
Print

Agnieszka Radwanska responds to controversy over nude photo shoot

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Aga Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska was criticized in Poland for her nude photo shoot. (Alan Clarke for ESPN The Magazine)

No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska responded Friday to the controversy in her native Poland about her nude photo shoot for ESPN The Magazine‘s Body Issue. A Catholic youth group dropped her as an ambassador this week for her “immoral behavior” in posing for a naked but not explicit picture by a pool full of tennis balls.

In a statement posted in both English and Polish on her official Facebook page, Radwanska did not apologize for the magazine shoot. Instead, she provided context.

“For those that are not familiar with the magazine, ESPN The Body Issue is a celebration of the beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world,” the statement read. “It includes both men and women of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Other athletes photographed include San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player, and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings — during and after her pregnancy. My tennis colleagues Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva have all participated in the past.

“The pictures are certainly not meant to cause offense and to brand them as immoral clearly does not take into account the context of the magazine. Moreover, they do not contain any explicit imagery whatsoever. I train extremely hard to keep my body in shape and that’s what the article and the magazine is all about. If you read the interview, it only discusses my job as an athlete and what I have to do physically to be able to participate at the highest level of sport.”

Radwanska also denied doing the shoot for money.

“It has been suggested by some members of the press (among others) that I was paid for the photo shoot,” she said. “This is absolutely not the case. Neither I nor any of the other athletes were paid. I agreed to participate to help encourage young people, and especially girls, to exercise, stay in shape and be healthy.”

John Isner was the other tennis player who posed for the issue. He hasn’t dealt with criticism but rather ribbing, from the likes of Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish.

“I like to think those guys wished they were in the magazine,” Isner joked. “Those guys are always giving me crap for anything, let alone posing half-naked in a magazine. So I knew I was going to get some flak from them, but it’s all in good fun.”

Isner said he deliberated before agreeing to be photographed.

“I’d seen the magazine in the past,” he said. “I never came away thinking that any of those photos were too racy. I just thought it would be pretty cool to do and, on top of that, shine a positive light on our sport — [to show] that our guys certainly aren’t built like football players but we are in very good shape.”

  • Published On Jul 19, 2013
  • 18 comments
    craig1
    craig1

    I rather agree in that what is the point here?  Is this exposure going to teach her how to be a better sport when she loses?  Her behavior at Wimbledon again Lisicki was disgusting, and cute body or not, this isn't exactly "classy".

    gelynch52ph
    gelynch52ph

    Holy hell she looks nice for a white woman! Too bad she doesn't get more sun.

    dwitcraft
    dwitcraft

    Grow up already! These pictures aren't obscene or pornographic. I wonder if that priest in Poland(I haven't seen the Catholic Church take a stand on this) gives his female parishioners guidelines for beach wear? European cinema is far bolder than the US, so I guess movies are out for Polish Catholics too?

    Ye Sirrrr- You should get your eyes checked, or stop measuring every woman to the Victoria's Secret Catalogs you've been hoarding!

    YeSirrrr
    YeSirrrr

    Thats not really nude to me.  Hell, some of you peoples teen daughters expose more on SKYPE when you're not around looking.    I've seen more at the beach from women. anyways, Radwasnak is not hot at all. she looks like a typical white girl craving attention. also, the catholic religion itself should have NOTHING to say. they PROTECT PEDOPHILES and now they are complaining about some unattractive average tennis player who'll NEVER win a slam? lmao 

    NoQNoSuperBowl
    NoQNoSuperBowl

    This is a sports message board and guys are complaining about a nice looking woman posing for nude photos?  WTF??

    Iowa
    Iowa

    Pretty sure Radwanska does far, far more to promote fitness by playing a sport at a high level, teaching clinics, or visiting schools to talk to kids about healthy lifestyles, than she does by taking her clothes off. There is no such thing as 'tasteful nudity' in the eyes of her faith, which she blatantly disregarded. Stripping is her choice, but then step up and accept it, not try to rationalize it.

    6marK6
    6marK6

    All these people so desperately seeking any kind of attention to promote themselves. Maybe is she could actually win a major, she could keep her clothes on.

    tfaw
    tfaw

    posing naked is now cool.

    RafalPruszyn-ski
    RafalPruszyn-ski

    @Iowa Its her choice not the choice of the Catholic church, a church that in Poland has pretty much lost credibility due to corruption and hypocrisy. There is nothing wrong with being nude.

    HowardCihak
    HowardCihak

    @Iowa Of course, there's no possibility that Catholicism might be just a tad too sensitive and obsessive on the subject of the unclothed human body ... unless it's depicted by a statue or a Renaissance painting valued in the millions.

    RafalPruszyn-ski
    RafalPruszyn-ski

    "Other athletes photographed include San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player, and Olympic volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings — during and after her pregnancy."

    Does Gary Player need to promote himself? Maybe he never won a major? How about Kerri Walsh Jennings?

    You are the dumbest little twerp Ive come across on the internet

    RafalPruszyn-ski
    RafalPruszyn-ski

    @6marK6 Serena posed before, and she won a few majors. Maybe if you weren't such a reject you wouldn't feel the need to judge. What have you ever done to come close to what Radwanska has accomplished?

    Iowa
    Iowa

    @RafalPruszyn-ski Ah, I bet you're one of those people who preaches 'tolerance' and 'acceptance', too. And as soon as someone disagrees with your position, you become less tolerant and resort to childish name-calling.