Olympic gold medalists, Venus and Serena Williams, grace the cover of The New York Times Magazine where Serena dishes on her biggest career scandals.
Inside the magazine, their mother talks about how she felt about her daughter’s success track record:
“I reflected on the fact that in the United States, you don’t have many players that are doing well. And then you have these two old, black girls, up in age now, and they’re still holding up America. That to me was remarkable.”
On why she (Serena) continues to boycott the Indian Wells Masters Series Tennis Tournament:
“But I don’t need to go back there. They don’t like me. I don’t need to be there. If you can boo a teenager, and you can be white and 60 years old, you know what? I’m cool on you. I can understand maybe if they were 20, 15. But like at the French Open, the crowd boos you, but they’re young, they’re kids, they’re a younger crowd. It is what it is. You just know every time you go to Paris, you get booed, but you see so many kids in the crowd.
At Indian Wells, everybody goes there when they’re retired. It’s like Palm Beach. I thought, People like Martin Luther King Jr. boycotted things. And this is nothing on that level. Look at Muhammad Ali, he didn’t even play, he went to jail because he didn’t want to go to war. The least I can do is stand up for my people and not go there. That’s the very least I can do. It’s not even that hard of a decision. I get a vacation on those two weeks. It’s like the easiest decision of my career. They can penalize me to death, I’m never going back.”
On her outbursts at the linewoman at the 2009 US Open:
“I was definitely stressed, and I was angry. I don’t foot-fault. Like, I have in the past, but this woman should never make a call in the semifinals of a Grand Slam on a person who doesn’t foot-fault. She was totally wrong. I’m sorry. I’m not sorry. I looked at her like — I tried to warn her. And then she did it again. And I’m thinking, This is ridiculous.”
On her embarrassment of how she represented herself:
“What bothered me most was that I was representing my religion. I just felt like anyone who knew I was a Witness was stumbled. And I really don’t want to stumble anybody. They had to have a talk with me. And I knew it was coming. I just felt really bad, though, because it’s like, that’s not who I am.”
What’s not to love about the Williams’ sisters. Not only are they super talented, but they have a sisterly bond that is completely unbreakable. As the eldest of three, I have two sisters and we share the same bond. I don’t know what it is about sisters, but sisterly love is too real.
In the behind-the-scenes video, there is a clip of Venus & Serena at the tender ages of 7 & 8 where Serena was asked what she wanted to be when she grows up. Of course, she said a tennis player, and when asked who she wanted to be like, her reply was:
I want people to be like me.
Serena also said something else that is so heart warming to me in reference to the necklace she’s wearing in all the photos. When asked if she would take it off so that they can see her bare skin or if it were something that she always keeps on, Serena said:
Yeah, my sister gave it to me. One of my favorite sisters.
Watch the video HERE.