Enrique Iglesias on sports and life with Kournikova
Posted: Friday July 20, 2007 1:20PM; Updated: Friday July 20, 2007 4:51PM
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Enrique Iglesias for the magazine's Q&A. The singer (who doubles as the boyfriend of Anna Kournikova) has a new album, Insomniac. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation:
SI: Why are people interested in your relationship?
Iglesias: I don't know. I think it's because of her, not me. Mainly, I think it's because she's an athlete and I am singer. We live a pretty normal life, though.
SI: Is there a sport you can beat Anna at?
Iglesias: Anything except tennis and wrestling. Her reflexes are disturbingly good. You throw anything at her, and she catches it.
SI: Before you started going out with Anna, did you follow tennis?
Iglesias: I did, but now I can analyze it a bit. I like watching women's tennis more than men's, though watching Roger Federer is like watching something perfect.
SI: How much do you think Anna misses tennis?
Iglesias: I don't know if she misses playing. She has played since she was 4 years old.
SI: Do you ever see a time Anna would try to play full time again?
Iglesias: I hate answering those questions because I feel like it's her career. But I'll tell you, I think she's an amazing athlete. I'm not saying this because she is my girlfriend. From the little I know, and have analyzed, in the past five years watching tennis, I think with women what I've learned is it is a lot more mental than with men.
SI: Can you play at all?
Iglesias: I'm not good. Anna and I have not played much, maybe once. Just to get some exercise, I should do it more often.
SI: Last year, we asked some SI swimsuit models to rate the most beautiful athletes in the world. One of our judges, a model named Anne V, said she gave Anna the highest vote because "Enrique Iglesias is a nice piece of ass." What's your reaction?
Iglesias: (laughs). My reaction is: I think she has bad taste.
SI: How would you classify yourself as a sports fan?
Iglesias: I'd say I'm a casual fan.
SI: What teams do you follow?
Iglesias: I love going to Heat games. Tough year. Dwyane Wade got hurt. There is no way the Heat can win without D-Wade. I follow them on a daily basis. If I am in Miami I will try to go to a game. A friend of mine is the doctor for the Miami Heat, Dr. Harlan Selesnick. So I always get to sit with him.
SI: So what active sports do you participate in?