Serena Williams: “I’m delighted to be the voice millions of people don’t have”
Serena Williams is indubitably one of the most potent tennis players in history. She is very active for Black Lives Crazy and has never made a secret of her intense dislike for Donald Trump out of the court. In 2018 Nike designed a tracksuit specifically for her to help with clots when she returned to the field after pregnancy.
Virgil Abloh, the Nike designer, in 2019, designed a suit for her with the words Goddess, Queen, Champion, and Mother.
“I’m not only an athlete but also an entrepreneur, daughter, sister, wife and mom. And I know it’s firstly about being prepared for what life throws at us, not always about being perfect,”
Serena said in an interview for Vogue.
“It should be inspiring for another, every success of a woman. When we support each other, we are stronger. Most if not all of you went to school less than Greta Thunberg; therefore, you know nothing about ordinary life. Nobody can teach us. Women are not expected to be the bosses of the future or the CEOs of the future in this society.
In her fantastic career Serena Williams has won not only 23 Slams in 33 finals played but also a total of 73 titles in 98 finals played. There is the Slam record, which still belongs to Margaret Smith (24 Majors). She is still looking for this.
“I love to be the voice millions of people don’t have. When I was a girl, what was respected was different. Venus was more like what she was. Considered acceptable to: is very very thin and has very long legs. I didn’t see on television people like me, big people. There was no realistic body image; it was a different era.”
With her sister Venus, the American also won 14 Slams (and a total of 23 titles) in women’s doubles and 2 Majors in mixed doubles. She also conquered both an Olympic gold medal in women’s singles in London 2012 and three Olympic gold medals with Venus in women’s doubles, in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
“This narrative should change. It may not improve in time for me. However, those in my position can show people of colour and women that we have a voice because god knows I use mine. I love to support women and stand up for people.”
She was world no.1 not only of the WTA women’s singles ranking but also the WTA women’s doubles ranking. The last athlete to be competitive on all surfaces and in all tennis specialities. For 21 years. Unbelievable.