New SI Swimsuit Issue Photos Appear On CBS-TV

UPDATE (2/9/09): Turns out the photos weren’t leaked - they were screen shots from a profile on SI photog Walter Iooss on CBS News Sunday Morning yesterday. That not-so-minor detail wasn’t mentioned by the tennis website that posted the screen shots.

From the show’s website recap:

For almost half a century, Walter Iooss has been photographing the world’s greatest athletes, and his photos have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated more than 300 times. He’s shot pictures of everyone from Joe Namath to Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan to Usain Bolt.

But he finds that what really brings him attention is his work for Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. (The 2009 issue comes out this week.) Correspondent Russ Mitchell, will talk with Iooss about his most memorable photos, his attempts to capture what he considers the moments in sports when time stands still, and the photos that his subjects weren’t so happy with.

Now for my original post on the matter:

You may remember SbB breaking the news on New Year’s Eve that two tennis players will appear in the upcoming SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issue: Tatiana Golovin and Maria Kirilenko. The issue drops Tuesday, and a tennis website has obtained a couple advance photos from their shoot.

Daniela Hantuchova My Gawd What a Hottie

(Leak: SI Swimsuit Issue will now include this jaw-dropping beauty)

From those crappy scans we also learn that a third tennis player will be featured in the issue. And she’s very, very, VERY attractive.

Pics after the jump.

For the record, a site called Off the Baseline leaked the photos, which also includes an appearance by the amazingly lovely Daniela Hantuchova. Considering the awful quality, I’m assuming the posted pics weren’t authorized by SI, so I’m not going to link the site or even give you the URL. And I’m guessing SI will have the photos off the site in short order.

I think it’s safe to say that some magazines do deliberately leak content to the web to gain some buzz for an upcoming issue (see PLAYBOY). But SI doesn’t need to do that. Yeah, reposting a couple pix from a rogue site would be easy for us to do, but I wouldn’t personally want our stuff leaked, so I’m not going to do it. Not to mention, I’d just assume not field a call from Time Inc. legal.

But the appearance of Hantuchova is newsworthy, so I’ve posted more photos of her below. In my humble estimation, she blows Kirilenko and Golovin out of the water. What do you think?

Tatiana Golovin Daniela Hantuchova Maria Kirilenko Sports Illustrated

(L to R: Golovin, Hantuchova, Kirilenko)

Who is the hottest SI swimsuit issue tennis model for ‘09?

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Another question: Why the hell don’t we produce world-class tennis players who look like this in the United States? Just exactly what sport are the hotties playing here these days? (Pole Olympics?)

Ashley Harkleroad Playboy cover

Ashley Harkleroad? Please.

Now, as promised, more of newly-discovered SI Swimsuit Model Daniela Hantuchova:

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Daniela Hantuchova To Appear In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue