“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there!”
Venus Williams was born in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California, in June of 1980.
Organized a new foundation for life off-court by studying design and fashion more than 10 years ago.
Drinks so much mineral water on-court that she avoids it anywhere else.
In 2011 for many months had battled a frustrating symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath, and an inability to recover during a set. Doctors were sure that it was adult-onset asthma, but the medicines didn’t bring any relief. Finally, they discovered that it was Sjogren’s syndrome, that she was suffering from, an autoimmune disease in which immune cells attack saliva and tear glands.
Tennis court is still her main office. On Tuesday, she usually arrives to her favorite court at Ballen Isles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens for practice.
To fight the symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome, she pays much attention to her diet. She is “chegan,” as she calls it. It means a vegan who sometimes cheats.
Jermaine Jenkins, her hitting partner, lives in Orlando, but he often comes to town to help her practice. He has been playing tennis with her the past years, from the time that they met at the French Open.
Aged 13, companies started offering her family endorsement contracts if she becomes pro.
Has won 63 games.
Took part in a reality show on ABC Family in 2005.
Started a new business V*Starr Interiors, a company that creates commercial and residential interior design.
Published her first book “Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession” in July of 2010. In the book Williams takes interviews with such luminaries as Sir Richard Branson, Condoleezza Rice, and Vera Wang about how their sport experience influenced their successful careers.
Fought for equal prize money between men and women. In 2005, Williams discussed with Wimbledon officials the negative message that it had. Wimbledon refused to budge. But she didn’t give up. In 2006, Williams published an article in the New York Times, decrying the double standard of Wimbledon. Her emotional point of view became popular very quickly. And in 2007, the parity in the prize money Wimbledon male and female champions was announced.
Uses her tennis tips: she always keeps her feet moving; makes a lot of small steps; does not come too close to the ball.
Often practices sidestepping. She runs from one side to another and she crosses her right leg far over left one, she hops left foot over to the left, crossing right leg over ... and again. Faces the net all the time.
Got a master’s degree in interior architecture sphere and is the founder of two businesses: a fitness-wear company EleVen and a design firm V*Starr Interiors.
6-foot-1 and can get from one side of the court to the other in just one side-step-leap-slide.
Wears EleVen by Venus Williams, her sport clothing line. At the Olympics, she wore a Wonder Woman-inspired dress of her design, and she had red strands into her braids. She called it “my Olympic hair”.
Emerged onto the pro world tennis scene aged 14.
Tries to find the time for her day off. She takes November off every year. She doesn’t take any workouts at all. The only exception is her dance classes that Serena and Venus started to take once they added a dance competition to a new annual friends-and-family Williams Invitational reunion.
Family & Coaching
Father: Richard was a part-owner of a security business and her first coach.
Mother: Oracene William was a nurse.
The 4th of the Williams's 5 daughters. All of them played tennis from their childhood, but only two youngest, Venus and Serena, became remarkable players.
Richard Williams met Rick Macci, a tennis coach, and asked him to come from Florida to Compton to meet Venus and to see her potential. Macci played with Venus, and was not impressed. But when she asked to go to the bathroom she walked 10 yards on her hands. Macci saw that and thought that he had got a female Michael Jordan in his hands.
Was schooled at home after her coach said to her parents that putting her in a traditional development system would not be useful for her. It would be like putting her in a prison. She practiced no less than 5 hours a day and had only one day off. She did this for 4 years.
Got the Southern California title for girls under-12 at age of 10.
Named "the best athlete in history of women's tennis" by Sports Illustrated.
Debuted at the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland in October of 1994. 14-year-old Vinus bate the player ranked number 59 in the tennis world, Shaun Stafford.
Awarded on the 2000 Olympic Games, Gold Medals in women's singles and women's doubles.
Named Ms. Women of the Year in 2001, by Ms. Magazine. She was also named Female Player of the Year by Tennis magazine.
Has won five Wimbledon singles titles and seven Grand Slam singles and she also got 14 awards in women’s doubles.
In 2002 became the first African-American girl who earned the world’s top ranking since late 1960s.
Despite her 103 degrees fever she got the night before the match, she won her gold-medal record at the Olympics. That moment became a great tennis part of the history of the Games.