It was really a turning point for me, that day on the beach when someone snatched a topless picture of me. You know, it’s quite normal on european beaches, where I was at the time, to be topless. See the girl in the background – she is topless as well. So are many others of the people who are on the beach.
But no one took a picture of them. They took a picture of me.
At this point my professional tennis career was already kind of over, but I were still making big bucks from promotion jobs, modelling and such.
What happened after this innocent picture was taken, was that I was over exposed, so to speak. The picture was shown in magazines, on the internet and everywhere – basically, everyone in the world got used to seeing my breasts. Including myself.
I guess that’s why I didn’t think it was such a bad idea when someone asked me to promote a tennis tournament in Brazil by going on court topless.
I had already become used to seeing myself topless. There was a great cheer from the audience and it was actually just a great success. A very good experience.