Tennis Star Takes It Off for Playboy

Harkleroad says it's 'kind of cool'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 11:36 AM CDT
United States player Ashley Harkleroad returns the ball to compatriot Serena Williams during their first round match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Sunday May 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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(Newser) – Ashley Harkleroad lost to fellow American Serena Williams at the French Open yesterday, but Harkleroad grabbed the headlines, revealing that she recently posed for Playboy, the AP reports. Harkleroad, 23, posed while recovering from having an ovary removed. “I was just laying there… and an offer came,” she said. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m not really doing anything right now.’”

Harkleroad will be her sport's first Playmate. “I thought about it, and it was something that I did,” she said. “I'm proud of my body. I was representing a female athlete's body.” Asked if she was wearing clothes during the shoot, she laughed. “I was…sometimes. You know, it’s Playboy.”