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Anisimova Unveils Her New Art In Tribeca

By Scoop Malinowski

Amanda Anisimova has not played a tennis match since losing in the first round of Madrid to qualifier Arantxa Rus in May of this year. But the Freehold, NJ born former teen phenom has busied herself with her interests in creating art and altruism.

Anisimova debuted her art work at a New York City gallery last night on Lispenard Street in Tribeca as part of renowned artist Ted Dimond’s showcase. Dimond unveiled his new oil painting portraits of Hubert Hurkacz and Anisimova, along with many of his other stunning works of Djokovic, Carlos, Federer, Nadal, Agassi, Sampras, Venus, Coco and others.

Anisimova explained her decision to create art for a philanthropic purpose. “As a professional tennis player, my life revolves around the sport. However as I pursued my tennis career, I began to feel like something was missing from my life. Art became my place to unwind and disconnect from the world. It was a source of tranquility and originality that I missed. At first I pursued it just a few days a week. But as I delved deeper into it, I realized that it was more than just a hobby. I started sharing my work on social media and to my surprise, many friends and fans expressed interest in owning some of my pieces and I decided to use my passion for art to help others.”

“This summer, as I took my painting more seriously, the vision for creating a charity foundation came together. I will be donating the proceeds from my paintings to charities focused on mental health, preventing child abuse and hunger relief. With your help in donating, together we can make a difference in supporting those who are in need and raising awareness about these important issues. I am excited to begin this journey and use my passion for art to make a difference in the world. It is a dream come true to combine my love for tennis and art to help those in need.”

When asked who is her favorite artist, Anisimova told me, “Van Gogh.”

Dimond and Anisimova also unveiled Dimond’s portrait of Anisimova, which she signed. The proceeds of the Dimond painting of Anisimova will also be donated to charities.

The 21 year old, who won two WTA titles (Colombia 2020, Melbourne 2022) and reached the semifinals of 2019 Roland Garros when she was seventeen, achieved a career best ranking of 21 in 2019.

On May 5 of this year Anisimova announced on Instagram she was taking an indefinite break from competing in tennis, citing burnout and mental health issues. She said she will return to tennis but no comeback timetable has been decided yet.

Amanda has career wins vs Osaka, Gauff, Collins, Pliskova, Kasatkina, Bouchard, and Sabalenka.

WTA and ATP players who attended the event last night were Noah Rubin, Priscilla Hon, Hurkacz and Jenna Loeb.

On a side note, Rubin is a busy man himself these days. His Behind The Racquet docuseries is launching, with the support of billionaire hedge funder and tennis enthusiast Bill Ackman. Rubin is also preparing for an ATP World Tour comeback in 2024.

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  • Scoop Malinowski · August 26, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Two totally different styles of art by Dimond and Anisimova, though hardly an art expert but I have studied many great artists (Neiman, Van Gogh, Monet, Dufy, Da Vinci, Warhol, Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso), I see both Dimond and Anisimova both as major league talents. Looking forward to seeing more work from them and how their creativity evolves. For anyone wondering, my favorite artists are LeRoy Neiman, Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Paul Gaugin and Al Hirschfeld’s caricatures.

  • catherine · August 28, 2023 at 6:15 am

    Interesting to read how Anasimova has seamlessly moved from tennis as the centre of her life to art. Makes the break from tennis, which may be permanent ? much easier.

    My favourite art BTW are Australian landscapes and Dutch, mostly of the Golden Age.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 28, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Catherine, Anisimova is not finished with tennis, she has said she will definitely play again, this is an indefinite break. Similar to the time off that Barty and Capriati needed. This young players have been all about tennis tennis tennis since before age 12, all about winning matches from such a young age. Anisimova is a smart young girl, she knows what she’s doing. She will come back fresh and recharged, reinvogorated and I’m sure her best is yet to come. Like Barty.

  • catherine · August 28, 2023 at 11:59 am

    Barty ? Not coming back. I’d bet on it. She’s a mother now and involved in various projects in Queensland, her home state. She had her break when was a teenager.

    I can’t think of anyone, apart from Capriati, who did better after a a break.

    Let’s see how Naomi copes.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 28, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Catherine, Djokovic was forced into a break from tennis and he’s come back as great as ever. Shorter break but still an unplanned break. If Anisimova really wants it, she can have a successful return like Barty did. Barty was nowhere near the player before her hiatus that Anisimova was. Anisimova was expected to be one of the biggest stars in the wta, the next Maria. I still remember seeing her play in the Eddie Herr 12s and Daniel Vacek was already talking about her, all the insiders knew already about her.



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