Who is Ashley Harkleroad?

Ashley Harkleroad Adams was born on 2 May 1985 under the zodiac sign of Taurus, in Rossville, Georgia USA. She is a 36-year-old former professional tennis player, probably best recognized for having being ranked No. 39 in singles in 2003, and doubles in 2007. She currently serves as a commentator for Tennis Channel.

How rich is she, as of now? Ashley Harkleroad Net Worth

As of mid-2021, Ashley Harkleroad’s net worth is estimated at close to $1 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the sports industry as a professional tennis player while her career was active from 2000 to 2012. She’s also increased her wealth through her career as a commentator.

Early Life, Parents, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Ashley Harkleroad spent her early years in Chickamauga, a city in Georgia, where she was raised by her father, Danny Harkleroad, who worked in the printing industry and later as a real estate agent and investor, and her mother, Tammy Harkleroad, who was a teacher. Her father played college American Football at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, while her mother played college tennis at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. Ashley is an only child, holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian. Regarding her education, Ashley attended the private college preparatory Chattanooga Christian School, however, she didn’t pursue her education since she became devoted to the career of a professional tennis player.

Career Beginnings

Ashley Harkleroad has been playing tennis since 1989 when she was four years old. One decade later, she made her debut appearance in a tennis competition at the ITF Women’s Circuit in Largo, Florida in 1999, while she turned professional on 12 June 2000 at the age of 15, and started competing in recognized tournaments all over the world alongside notable tennis players. The same year, she played her first qualifying event for the WTA Tour in Miami, Florida, as then at her first Grand Slam tournament, the US Open. In the following year, she competed in the same events after improving her status in the ITF tournament. Ashley’s first victories came in 2002, when she won two singles titles and doubles title on the ITF Circuit.

Ashley Harkleroad

Later that year, she made the second round three times at tournaments held in San Diego, Bratislava, and Hawaii, and reached her first semi-final in doubles, together with her partner María Emilia Salerni, and finished the year in the top 200.

Rise to Fame

The year 2003 was Ashley Harkleroad’s best, since she defeated three top-20 players Daniela Hantuchová, Meghann Shaughnessy, and Elena Bovina at Charleston, losing only eleven games and reached her first semi-final in singles before she lost to Justine Henin-Hardenne; she was the lowest-ranked semi-finalist in the history of the tournament being at No. 101.

Her performance at the event led her to climb to No. 56. She then reached the semi-final at Strasbourg, and won over Hantuchová again at Roland Garros. The same year she reached the second round at the US Open, and made her top-50 debut after reaching her career-high ranking at No. 39, after which she made the final in doubles at the Japanese Open in Tokyo.

Further Career

Ashley Harkleroad made her first tour final at the 2004 WTA Auckland Open, but lost to Eleni Daniilidou.

Due to various injuries, she missed almost all events except the ITF Circuit, when she won two titles and a tournament in Quebec City, where she reached a tour doubles final. In the following year, she didn’t have much success, since she ended it at No. 86 in singles and No. 55 in doubles. In 2007, she was chosen as part of the US team to compete in the Hopman Cup. She played with partner Mardy Fish, but they went 0–3. She then made it to the second round five times, including at Roland Garros where she lost to Venus Williams, and eventually won three singles titles, and one doubles title with Christina Fusano at the ITF tournament. She ended the year with a 29–20 record in singles and a 13–11 record in doubles.

Continued Work and Retirement

In 2008, Ashley made the semifinals at Hobart, but lost to Vera Zvonareva. She also took part in the Australian Open where she lost to Virginie Razzano. Thereafter, she competed as a member of the United States Federation Cup Team, and led them to win 4–1. She also played at the Pacific Life Open, the Sony Ericsson Open, and the French Open. Moreover, she participated at Wimbledon, but lost to Amélie Mauresmo in the first round. She then withdrew from the court due to pregnancy, but two years later, she played at the Sony Ericsson Open, the Stanford Classic, and World TeamTennis tournaments.

Ashley retired in 2012, and then joined Tennis Channel as a commentator.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Ashley Harkleroad has long blonde hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), while her weight is around 120lbs (55kgs). Her vital statistics are unknown, as well as her bra size. Her dress size is 6 (US), and shoe size 7.5 (US).

Personal Life and Trivia

Ashley Harkleroad has married twice. Her first husband was Russian-American retired professional tennis player Alex Bogomolov, Jr; they tied the knot in December 2004. After being married for less than two years, the couple split up in October 2006 and divorced.

She went on to date another former professional tennis player Chuck Adams. They married in 2009, and are the parents of two children, a son named Charlie Adams born on 30 March 2009, and a daughter they named Loretta Lynn Adams, on 4 April 2011. Their current residence is in Los Angeles, California.

Ashley was nicknamed ‘Pebbles’ while living in Flintstone, Georgia. She was the first professional tennis player to pose topless for Playboy magazine, which caused huge controversy back in 2008.

In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, and her favorite music artists are Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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