Swiss tennis star and American female footballer pose nude for ESPN Magazine's The Body Issue
London: Swiss tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka and American woman footballer Ali Krieger went nude for the 2015 edition of ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue.
Stanislas Wawrinka. (Pic/Getty Images) and Ali Krieger (Pic/AFP)
Two-time Major winner Wawrinka, and Krieger bared all for the 2015 edition of the publication which will hit the newsstands on July 10, Daily Mail reported yesterday.
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Defender Kreiger, 30, who is currently representing the US at the FIFA World Cup in Canada, posed naked with a golden ball at her feet for the annual edition of the magazine.
Ali Kreiger on the magazine cover. Pic Courtesy: Kreiger's Instagram account
Wawrinka joins tennis stars Venus Williams and Tomas Berdych on the list of sportspersons to feature in The Body Issue and is pictured playing tennis strokes.
The 30-year-old Wawrinka won his second Grand Slam at French Open in June after winning the Australian Open in 2014, but he concedes he is still a long way behind Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
"They are better in everything. They are just better tennis players than all the rest. Those three guys are just too good, Andy Murray also," Wawrinka was quoted as saying by ESPN.
"Look at how many Slams they won, especially Roger, Rafa and Novak. They are huge champions. They are so consistent. I need to work on my consistency. That's something I really want to improve," he said.
"I don't compare myself to them. That's not my goal. My goal is to give my best every day, continue to play well and live wonderful moments like I did in Paris," the Swiss star said.
Krieger, whose team will meet either Japan or England in the World Cup final on Sunday night, spent five years playing in Frankfurt and considers Germany a home away from home.
"I consider Germany my second home. The tattoo on the side of my body is from the first German book I ever read, The Little Prince," she said.
Ali proud of her body
Posting her nude picture in the magazine on her Instagram account, Krieger wrote: "It's important to show your vulnerabilities. I'm proud of my body, I'm proud of my sport, I'm proud of being a female athlete. Being naked is just another aspect of that. It's real. It's raw. It's honest. This is me. @espn #BodyIssue."