Anna Kournikova wants you to know she’s NOT Jewish


Anna Kournikova, the tennis player more famous for her looks than her game, was in Washington, D.C. this week for a World Team Tennis match. She was injured and didn’t play, but did do a press conference — where this odd exchange occurred as reporters questioned her about her rumored engagement to singer Enrique Iglesias. The Washington Times reports:

"I don’t normally talk about my personal life," she answered, trying to shield the ring the size of Texas she was rocking. "People are saying a lot of things. There is always something new."

When freelance photographer Carrie Devorah congratulated Miss Kournikova with the common Hebrew/Yiddish expression "mazel tov," the Russian beauty asked what that meant. When the photog explained it means congratulations and good luck, Miss K, according to Ms. Devorah, snapped, "I am not Jewish – can’t you see my cross?"

Kournikova is a member of the St. Louis Aces team, but The Times asked the owner of the Washington team, the Kastles, what he thought of Kournikova’s statement:

When apprised of the tennis player’s retort, a worried-looking Mark Ein, owner of the Kastles, declined to comment, saying he hadn’t heard the reported exchange.

(Hat tip: Dan Steinberg)

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