Agnieszka Radwanska Nude ESPN Pics Sexy or Sleazy? Catholic Youth Group Drops Tennis Star From Campaign [PHOTOS]

By McCarton Ackerman July 16, 2013 8:11 AM EDT
Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon, June 2013 (Credit: Reuters)
Agnieszka Radwanska at Wimbledon, June 2013 (Credit: Reuters)

The sexy nude pics of Agnieszka Radwanska in the annual ESPN Body Issue have earned her a reputation as the bad girl of tennis. The nude pics of Radwanska have sparked outrage in her native Poland, where a Catholic youth group has dropped her over the sexy ESPN photos. Radwanska, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, had been representing the Catholic group for several years.

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Radwanska is a proud Catholic who even starred in a commercial for the youth group Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), where she spells out "Jesus" with tennis balls and urges listeners not to be ashamed of their faith. However, Krucjata Mlodych has condemned her nude ESPN Body Issue shoot as "immoral behavior" and removed Radwanska from their campaigns. "It's a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God," said Senior Catholic priest Father Marek Dziewiecki. "If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives."

A Polish reader looks at a nude photo of Agnieszka Radwanska, July 2013
A Polish reader looks at a nude photo of Agnieszka Radwanska, July 2013 (Credit: Getty Images)

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Despite the criticism, Radwanska appeared happy and confident in the ESPN Body Issue photo shoot. She sits in a chair and strategically covers herself near a pool filled with tennis balls for the spread. Radwanska also gave an interview to ESPN Magazine, where she revealed doing 300 sit-ups at a time and said she was "fortunate that I can stay pretty lean without having to do too much gym work."

However, the nude photo shoot for the ESPN Body Issue has only cemented Radwanska's reputation as the bad girl of tennis. In her semifinal loss at Wimbledon earlier this month to Sabine Lisicki, she offered an extremely cold handshake without even looking at her opponent. Afterwards, Radwanska said that if she had made it to the final and lost to Marion Bartoli, she would have "broken all my rackets" because she viewed her as a weaker player.

Agnieszka Radwanska competing in May 2012 (Credit: Reuters)
Agnieszka Radwanska competing in May 2012 (Credit: Reuters)

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In February 2012, she verbally attacked world No. 3 Victoria Azarenka after losing to her at a tournament in Doha. Radwanska accused Azarenka of gamesmanship and said she "lost a lot of respect for her," in addition to accusing Azarenka of being bad for the image of tennis.

Radwanska will begin her US Open campaign next week by competing at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University. She lost in the fourth round at last year's US Open.

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