Serena Williams’ path to greatness has been well-documented. With so many accolades along with her longevity in playing the sport, the American international’s name should be up there as one of the WTA greats.
But despite all that, there are still some pretty great things that people don’t know about her, which includes her various ventures outside the sport along with her personal life.
Serena Williams is not only an all-time tennis star as she is also a successful businesswoman, activist, humanitarian, and a mother. She is indeed an incredible personality.
Without further ado, allow SBOBET to help you get familiarized with Serena Williams’ story as we list some details of her personal and professional life just like what we did before for Coco Gauff and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Williams started very young
Serena Williams started her tennis journey when she was merely a toddler. Her father Richard, who is part of the American Tennis Hall of Fame, was her first tennis coach at the time.
Her dad’s story was an inspirational one especially since he had no prior background in playing the game. When he learned on TV that the paycheck of a tennis match winner was big, Williams wrote a 78-page plan and took it upon himself to teach his daughters how to play the sport.
The result speaks for itself as his daughters combined for 30 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles, two Olympic gold medals in singles, and two Olympic gold medals in doubles.
“My dad is amazing. I could never have done what he has done, not only with myself but with Venus. I remember when we were young we went out and trained and practised and didn’t miss a day,” said Serena Williams.
“To have that discipline actually makes me look at myself as a player, as a parent and just really appreciate my dad so much more than ever than I have in the past,” she added.
Williams loves travelling all over the world
Playing tennis has its perks which includes going to different places around the globe. Especially if you had a long career like Serena Williams did, chances are that you are lucky enough to have been to some of the world’s top tourist destinations.
Apparently, Serena Williams has a unique love for Rome especially since that’s where she met her lover Alexis Ohanian.
Serena and Alexis eventually tied the knot on November 2017, few months after giving birth to their daughter Olympia.
The 38-year-old knows how to speak other languages too. Whenever she plays matches in Paris, she flaunts her fluency with the native tongue by conducting interviews speaking French.
Williams is a big-time philanthropist and businesswoman
Serena Williams is one of the highest paid athletes in the world. But other than playing tennis, the Michigan-born superstar has done a whole lot of other ventures along with giving back to charity.
She became the first African-American female to hold a share of ownership in the NFL by investing in the Miami Dolphins back in 2009 and she has her own clothing line as well.
The Serena Williams foundation was created back in 2008 in order to help the youth all over the world. She’s had a huge hand in building schools in Uganda, Kenya, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe and she was also appointed as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador too.
Williams had multiple appearances on TV
Like most high profile athletes, Serena Williams did some cameos from time to time.
She once appeared in a music video back in 2007 through rapper Common’s song “I Want You”, which also featured the likes of Alicia Keys and Kanye West.
Williams also played as Chloe Spears on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit during their fifth season, plus some appearances in My Wife and Kids, ER, and even on The Simpsons as a drawn character.
Williams is arguably the greatest WTA player ever
There were doubts coming into this year on whether she can draw level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles. And while her WTA 2020 odds of doing so are lower than usual because of her advancing age, one can’t simply count her out since she is still very much capable of producing the best WTA 2020 highlights.
Whether she gets it or not, Serena Williams’ body of work is undeniable as she has been in the pantheon of tennis for so long. With 23 Grand Slams along with being ranked as the top player for a considerable period, there’s no doubt that Serena Williams is arguably the best tennis player in the modern era.
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