WARSAW–Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska has been dumped by a Catholic youth group that runs a campaign promoting faith after she posed naked for ESPN.
Ms. Radwanska, ranked world no. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association, had in the past joined marches organized by right-leaning groups and was photographed next to the name Jesus spelled out with tennis balls. She was also an ambassador of for a campaign called “I’m not ashamed of Jesus,” run by the group called the Youth Crusade.
Now the group said it was distancing itself from the tennis player because of her “immoral behavior” after Ms. Radwanska posed naked by a pool filled with tennis balls for ESPN’s Body Issue.
The photos weren’t explicit but raised controversy last week in Poland. A prominent Catholic commentator, Tomasz Terlikowski, said on his website that he hadn’t seen the photos but a woman’s nudity should be reserved for her husband.
The photo landed on the front page of one of the nation’s most popular weeklies, Wprost.
Ms. Radwanska was decorated last week by Poland’s president for making it into this year’s Wimbledon semi-finals. She wasn’t available to comment on the controversy surrounding her photo shoot.
By: Marcin Sobczyk
Posted: July 15, 2013, 4:54 pm
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