On Friday night, World Team Tennis would come to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia PA and featured Venus Williams, one of the most regonizable names in Tennis along with her sister Serena.
Venus has won seven Grand Slam singles championships along with Olympic Gold medals in singles and doubles at the 2000 Olympic Games and doubles gold with Serena at the 2008 and 2012 Games, before earning a mixed-doubles silver in 2016.
This year is Venus’s 14th playing in World Team Tennis, following her debut in 2005, where she played for Delaware, then Philadelphia from 2006-09 and for the last eight years, the Washington team.
Before the match, Venus Williams spoke to reporters and was asked about taking part in World Team Tennis and she said ” World Team Tennis is everything. When I was 8 years old going to a Kids Clinic, it was exciting and here I am, fast forward 30 years later and I am playing World Team Tennis and giving Kids Clinics so it has come full circle. I really love the format and it has a future in Tennis. I am very happy to be back today”
The global superstar then gave some advice to all aspiring players.
” I would say Number 1 is live your dream, do something you love. I would also say make your life more than about you and I think that naturally as time passes along, you want to give back more and share more. It’s so rewarding and so exciting makes your heart beat faster”
The World Team Tennis environment is fast paced and one that brings fans closer to the action. It’s not every day you get to see Venus Williams enter a game of Tennis, on your doorstep. It truly is a special series.
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