Monday 22 December 2014

Wimbledon’s semi-finalist Radwanska dropped by Catholic movement over nude photo shoot

Wimbledon's women’s semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska
The tennis star posed for a special ‘Body Issue’ of ESPN Magazine
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland reacts after defeating Yvonne Meusburger of Austria in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hits a return to Bojana Bobusic of Australia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

WIMBLEDON women’s semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska has been dropped by a Catholic movement for posing nude on the front of a magazine.

The Polish tennis star is the world number four and posed for a special ‘Body Issue’ of ESPN Magazine.

While the sportswoman (24) is a proud Catholic, youth group Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade) described the shoot as ‘immoral behaviour’ and she was dropped from its campaign.

In the past, Radwanska has appeared in videos for the group, urging young Catholics to wear Christian pendants.

In Poland, senior priest Father Marek Dziewiecki joined the chorus of those condemning her move.

"It's a shame that someone who has declared their love for Jesus is now promoting the mentality of men looking at a woman as a thing rather than a child of God worthy of respect and love," Dziewiecki said.

"If she meets a man who she can truly love and establish a happy family and raise Catholic children, then she would probably have to hide these pictures from relatives."

90pc of the Polish population describes itself as Catholic.

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