The 40-year-old iconic tennis star Venus Williams had been actively advocating for awarding the prize money to men and women players equally in Wimbledon and in the French Open tennis Tournaments since the 2000s.
Venus Williams made her Wimbledon debut in the year 1997, and in 2000 she earned her first singles crown, defeating American counterpart Lindsay Davenport. Since then there was no looking back for Venus. She said, “The 2012 Olympics stand out as one of the most interesting experiences of my career.”
Although throughout her tennis career she has bagged several laurels and made her fans extremely proud yet she considers the latest victory outside the court as one of her biggest achievements in life so far. “That was something we had been working on since the 1960s, it was long overdue.” She shared with a spark in her eyes.
There are a lot of issues that are persistently hunting the world around us and no doubt these all call for serious solutions. Moreover, The world of sports including tennis is no exception to the same where discrimination based on various grounds does exist badly.
Venus Williams has been holding a strongly positive attitude to stand out against police brutality and to promote human equality. “We need to make sure lives are saved and preserved—to me, that’s number one. We change that by recognizing and giving a voice to what’s happening in our world. And we also need to address other invisible faces of racism, from how we hire to whom we cast on television shows.” Venus said to the American weekly magazine PEOPLE.
“I’m passionate about creating opportunities for Black youth at a grassroots level, especially with tennis and education.” – Venus Williams
Venus-like her sister Serena has mostly inspired by her mother, Oracene Price who always encouraged her to fight for the right both on and off the court. She shares, “Throughout my career, my mom has challenged me to pursue my creative side. Her support and encouragement are what led me to realize my love for fashion and design and to get degrees in those fields.”
As we know a player is always a player. This holds for Venus Williams as she played her best even out of the court for a great cause. Interestingly, it is for the first time after the Second World War broke out that the scheduled tournament has been shelved owing to the COVID19 pandemic.
However, the master racket-game player who made her mark at the age of 14 seems pretty enthusiastic to jump in the real action. “When the season starts, I will be ready. Can’t Wait. Can You?” She tweeted recently.
Williams uses her Instagram Live #CoachVenus workouts to raise money for the noble Equal Justice Initiative and also funds the associated NGO that aims to put an end to mass imprisonment and strives against inequality and injustice.
Venus said, “It’s important for me to help give minorities, disadvantaged youth, and Black children the opportunity to play sports and have an education—just as I was given those opportunities. In turn, that gives them the opportunity to be excellent.”