Tennis Playmate: 'I'm Not Very Modest'

Harkleroad tells all before she bares all
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 10:53 AM CDT
Ashley Harkleroad hits a backhand shot during her match against Tatjana Malek of Germany in the quarterfinals of the Fed Cup tennis tournament.    (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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(Newser) – Ashley Harkleroad isn’t that effusive when she talks about her chosen profession—tennis. “I have to think it's better than having a ‘real job,’” she tells ESPN. But when it comes to posing nude for Playboy, the world’s 65th-ranked player gushes. “I'm not a very modest person, so I was really feeling it,” the 23-year-old says. “I was having a good time and trying to feel sexy in my own body; I think it worked.”

Harkleroad found she loved the camera, and she’s eager to do more shoots. “It's just a different avenue and I wanted to see where it could take me,” she says. As for her first gig, she has nothing but good things to say. “The pictures and the layout came out very classy,” she says. “Playboy is a very classy operation all around.