Every year, athletes strip down for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue and we get to see what goes on under the uniforms. The highly anticipated magazine features athletes from all different sports of all shapes and sizes, and the latest cover star did not disappoint. Following the sculpted photos from Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez’s cover came tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. The 26-year-old Danish star recently recovered from a scary ankle injury, and now, she’s opening up about how she pushed herself back to a healthy lifestyle.
As the former number one player in the world, Wozniacki has done it all, and when she was younger, she would “just kill it in the gym until I couldn’t stand anymore.” But as many of us can agree with, she explained, “the older I’ve gotten, I’m so much better at listening to my body. If you push yourself too much, it’s going to be worse.”
On the cover, a naked Wozniacki follows through on a powerful serve, putting every muscle in her body on full display while holding her two favorite accessories: a tennis ball and her racket. While it’s obvious she looks incredible, Wozniacki explained why she didn’t worry about baring it all on the cover.
“I’ve realized that I can’t spend time stressing about something I don’t have and just embrace what I do have,” she said about her body. “It’s so in to have curves now. It’s in to be looking healthy. If I don’t look like a supermodel on the runway, that’s OK because I look good in my own way.”
She added, “I rarely stand on a scale, to be honest. When I stop playing, I’m not going to obsess so much about my weight. It’s going to be more about a healthy lifestyle. It’s more about how I feel.”
The Body Issue will hit newsstands on July 7 with Wozniacki and other athletes like Isaiah Thomas, Ezekiel Elliott, and more.