The 2014 Australian Open may have saved the post-tennis career of Ana Ivanovic. Prior to the competition she was on the precipice of becoming an unknown player as her career was moving backward because of her inability to win at the Grand Slam tournaments. Her lack of wins at these tournaments was limiting her exposure to the general public who only watch the major Grand Slam events and many within both the tennis and entertainment industries have considered Ana Ivanovic as someone who could one day make a living as an actress because of her attractive physique.
When Ana Ivanovic defeated Serena Williams, the women's number one player in the world in the fourth round it made her a legitimate conversation topic. The win resulted in people searching for information about her on the Internet and watching her play the next round and despite her loss the focus of many of her new admirers was the fact that she had the looks of a movie star.
Ana Ivanovic is one of the few women tennis players in the world who if she continues to improve her performance at the major tennis events the enhanced profile could help her pursue a role as an actress and model. Very few woman tennis player will compete past the age of 28 and Ana Ivanovic is 26 and thus will likely be looking to make the transition to her next career.
Athletes usually struggle with making the transition from being in the spotlight to retirement but if Ana Ivanovic is able to continue her resurgence in form she may become one of the few players who can have a seamless transition if she chooses to pursue an acting career upon retirement.
Ana Ivanovic the actress is not inconceivable considering her significant appeal as a product endorser and Internet attraction for men of all ages. Will 2014 be the year that Ana Ivanovic rebuilds her tennis career and her post tennis opportunities?