Venus Williams Will NOT Return To Indian Wells This Year

VENUS WILLIAMS...first African American woman to become World#1 in 2002: a Woman of Conviction and a Champion on-and-off the court! Wearing jacket  from her OlaCollection▬EleVenByVenus.
VENUS WILLIAMS…first African American woman to become World#1 in 2002: a Woman of Conviction and a Champion on-and-off the court! Wearing jacket from her OlaCollection▬EleVenByVenus.

Earlier her sister Serena Williams announced her return this year to the tournament formerly known as “Indian Wells”; as for elder sister Venus, Tennis X.com reports that while in Dubai she stated that she won’t be participating in the 2015 event.

VENUS DUBAI INTERVIEW“I made my schedule up,” Venus said last week in Dubai. “I think I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is.“I haven’t really given a lot of thought to (playing Indian Wells). I have just been focusing on this year.”

In regards to her younger sister’s decision, when queried about how much they discussed the tennis tournament which saw the Williams’ family viciously taunted by fans in 2001, including racist taunts, Venus reportedly said :

VENUS INTERVIEW 2“She just said, I might be playing there. I said, Oh, okay. That’s pretty much the conversation,” Venus said. ” I just respect every decision she makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.

Venus Williams and her father, Richard, were heckled by fans during the 2001 Indian Wells final, in which Serena was also booed loudly. (Source: Reuters)
Venus Williams and her father, Richard, were heckled by fans during the 2001 Indian Wells final, in which Serena was also booed loudly. (Source: Reuters)

MORE ABOUT INDIAN WELLS…Visit Blog post: “That Day in History when Fans at Indian Wells Disgraced America: Tennis Establishment never publicly Apologizes to the Williams Sistershttp://wp.me/p1O3xi-QL

How does little sister feel about big Sis?

SERENA TWITTER PHOTOSerena Williams         @serenawilliams

A real legend! So proud to be your lil sis @venuseswilliams with repostapp.⁰・・・⁰Love this… https://instagram.com/p/ziFK1UMTGc/

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JAMES BROWN SANG IT AND TENNIS CHAMPION – VENUS WILLIAMS – LIKE HIS SONG “DON’T TAKE NO MESS”

VENUS WITH DADThere was a moment in the Doha Open that brought to mind a James Brown song
“Papa Don’t Take No Mess” – when Venus Williams showed the world that she is very much her father Richard’s daughter!

Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, gives the 'Black Power' salute to raucous Indian Wells fans in 2001.
Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, gives the ‘Black Power’ salute to raucous Indian Wells fans in 2001.

VENUS SHOWDOWNVenus after winning her second round marathon match was met at the net by opponent Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova – apparently upset about some calls that went against her when Venus used the challenge system – was engaging in a stare down.

To the shock and awe of Strycova, Venus boldly and immediately confronted her:

VENUS GIVE HER A DON'T MESS WITH ME LOOK

“Was that look for something?” Williams asked.

CONFRONTATION“Well done?” Zahlavova-Strycova replied.

“OK, good,” Williams stated.

VENUS SHUT IT DOWN OK (3)

Time to tell it like it is…Venus “SHUT IT DOWN’‼

Which leads me to another song from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown: “Static – Don’t Start None Won’t be None”. And that is the message Venus demonstratively delivered, not just to Strycova…  

but to all players on tour.

WATCH VINE OF SHUTDOWN #GOTmeLMBO ‘-)

To shut this post down – the Venus Williams fans’ tweet below puts the hammer to the nail, about this tale…LOL‼

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TENNIS STAR VENUS WILLIAMS “CONFIDENCE” ROLE MODEL and RENAISSANCE CHAMPION

REPRINT of Women of Power article dated April, 18th, 2011:

Tennis Star Venus Williams is our “Confidence” Role Model, but it’s her other entrepreneurial ventures that makes her our Renaissance Champion

VENUS WOMAN OF CONFIDENCE

HOLDING COURT WITH VENUS WILLIAMS

BY CAROLYN LAWRENCE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM SANDLER


Legendary tennis star Venus Williams will always be known as the first African American player to be ranked number one in the world.

Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: www.tennisworld.usa.org)
Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: http://www.tennisworld.usa.org)

(For pros, it’s apparently all about Grand Slams; as winner of seven, including five Wimbledon titles, she has that base covered.) Add to that an incredible 41 WTA tour titles, three Olympic gold medals and career prize winnings totalling in excess of $27 million, and her place in tennis history is – like the woman who earned it – well assured.

VENUS PROGRESSCombining focus, fierce determination and heroic physical prowess, she spent her teenage years clawing her way to the top-ranked position, winning numerous championships and breaking records. To date her universally feared 129 mph serve is the fastest ever recorded in women’s tennis.

VENUS WILLIAMS COME TO WIN BOOKBut that’s just the tennis. She currently has nine global sponsors behind her. Off the court Venus is a successful author, creative designer, entrepreneur and fashion icon as well as being the founding ambassador for the WTA UNESCO Gender Equality Program and has fought for equal pay for female athletes. [READ: Venus Williams’ Other Career as Equal Pay Activist : Revisiting ESPN Film’s Documentary ‘Venus Vs.’→http://wp.me/p1O3xi-z6]

VENUS SERVING UP STYLEThe young entrepreneur is also a uniquely creative designer, decorator and owner of V Starr Interiors, a successful interior design firm based in Palm Beach Gardens,Florida. In 2007, Venus launched her clothing line “EleVen,” the largest clothing ever launched by a female athlete. And prior to that worked with Reebok on her collaboration with famed designer Diane Von Furstenberg for her line of tennis clothes (the largest endorsement ever awarded to a woman athlete, at $40 million for five years). [See also “VENUS WILLIAMS ENTREPRENEUR: One of Business Insider’s Eight Athletes Winning On A Different Turf”→http://wp.me/p1O3xi-10D]

We tracked Venus down during her crazy training season to see just what it takes to build an unshakeable confidence on and off the court.


venussweetHow did you get to where you are today?

My story really starts with my parents. They gave us all the skills, not only me, but I have 3 older sisters and one younger sister and they gave us all the skills to do what we do today.

Our parents were a huge influence on all of us, family was huge for us, it still is. It’s been our base, we were told that our sisters are our best friends. So it was a family of women, 6 against 1. So we had the majority vote most of the time, I don’t know how he did it, but my dad really had a philosophy about things. He really gave us this entrepreneurial kind of mind and really did a lot.

My mom was a lot about balance, she’s extremely determined, a super nice person. My mom gave us that spiritual balance and just really a wonderful role model as a woman for all of us sisters. And together I think they really balance each other out. When one of them was being too hard, the other one was, you know kind of taking up the slack.

At what age did you first pick up a tennis racket?

I was about 3 years old when I first started playing. My dad had a vision that we would be great tennis players, and he read books about the game and taught himself. He then starting teaching us, and I loved it and was good from a young age.

What do you love about being on court?

The competition and knowing that when I play well I will win. And I want to be ahead of the curve.

We believe confidence is a critical element to women’s success and you certainly show it on and off the court, is this something you’ve always had, or have you earned it?

Confidence comes with preparation and meeting your goals. It also comes through the journey of success.

I believe to gain confidence, sports are instrumental, I encourage all young people to play sports. Of course it benefits everyone, of every age, but when you’re young it really teaches you these lessons of how you can push yourself, setting goals, achieving them, when you have a setback, really evaluating why and then making those changes to be successful. Those are lessons in life that are so invaluable. At the time when you’re a young person you don’t really realize, per se, you’re learning those lessons, but it’s really set in this pattern in life of hard work and dedication and learning and getting up when you fall down.

VENUS AND DADIn business, we often call those who help us advance a champion. Would you say your father has been yours?

My family is my champion. They are my coaches to this day, they are still working with us. My dad was usually on the court, but my mom would come out too. And if you know anything about my dad, you know that he can be this outspoken guy at times. He’s kind of calmed down a lot in the last few years. And my mom is this person on in the background smiling and you always see her clapping when there’s a good point even when the opponent won and sometimes you see her falling asleep in the stands (Laughter).

VENUS BELIEVE IN YOURSELFWhat are the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way to the top of your field?

First and foremost: Always believe in yourself! But there are a number of great lessons I’ve learned over the years.

Venus WilliamsCREATIVITY: There are always people who change the game. Steffi Graf and Monica Seles blew everyone off the court in their time. And the next wave, Serena and I were privileged enough to bring a new kind of power game… And really they say Serena and I changed the game, but it was actually my dad behind the scenes who changed the game with new footwork. It’s amazing what can be done when you approach the same thing but with a new solution.

HARD WORK, my parents taught us by example. My dad taught us a lot of hard work and most of all, is not to be afraid of hard work. You can’t be afraid to get in there and get your elbow wet. And you got to enjoy the challenge, just enjoy the battle.

Venus Williams of the U.S. runs to hit a return to Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan at the Wimbledon tennis championships in LondonDETERMINATION is extremely important. One of my mottos is, there’s always a way. There’s no such thing as not a way. I’m going to find a way and in my life I have never not found a way. So one of my mottos which I would like to share with you and then you can make a part of your life also is find a way.

One of the most important things is to LOVE WHAT YOU DO. There’s nothing better than getting up in the morning and knowing that you love what you do that day and you’re ready for that challenge and you’re going to embrace it and you’re going to enjoy that battle.

VISUALIZATION was a huge part of what we did. And I use those techniques off of the court too and maybe its not necessarily complete visualization, but a lot of it would be writing down my goals. Really be preparing for what the next step might be.

Venus Williams proudly displays her wares for winning her first of five Wimbledon women's singles title in 2000.
Venus Williams proudly displays her wares for winning her first of five Wimbledon women’s singles title in 2000.

“I remember the first time I won Wimbledon, my dad told me to go out there to the stadium court and just visualize. No crowds were in there, I just walked out there on the court, sit down and its really a serine moment because you’re in the Wimbledon Stadium. You walk out on the court and there’s no one there, it’s just you and the birds. And I sat there and I thought about what it would take for me to win this tournament and (closes her eyes) visualize myself on that match point, how would I handle that pressure. Visualize myself down break point and how would I come back from that and different things like that. Just all by  myself, so he really taught us how to prepare. PREPARATION IS KEY.”

My latest thing now is know the play. One of my strengths as a player on the court is I know the play. Even though I seems like this really tall, big, dominating bully on the court that I’m just over powering people in the back of my head I am taking in all these different things that are happening on the court at that moment. So if one person hits the ball on me and ok great shot, but I am kind of watching to see if they will do that again and if they do it a second time, then that’s the play. I know the play. I know what they’re doing. I know who my opponents are before they one on the court. I know what I’m up against and I’ve prepared 110% before I get out there. And if I have something that’s kind of going against me like an injury per say, how do I combat that, how can I be prepared to be ready for that kind of thing.

What has been your biggest obstacle?

Injuries have always been my biggest obstacle.

What is balance to you?

We had a really good balance growing up. My dad he was very… he was really interesting, there’s so many stories. If you read my book Come to Win there’s a lot of them in there about how my dad would teach us. But what I recall the most is my very first job was at 3 years old (Laughter) I know it’s not child labour (Laughter) but he had us delivering phonebooks, as a family we all had to deliver phonebooks. From the very beginning he had us working and instilling these values of hard work and really knowing that you have to do something for yourself and you start right from the very beginning.

VSTARRWhat does life look like after tennis?

Today, I can say that I absolutely love what I do, I love tennis, I love design, so that makes it easy for me to be motivated.

My parents taught me to be really well-rounded and to be more than just an athlete. In my late teens, I realized that I love design and it was something that I wanted to pursue. So life after tennis I will be furthering my clothing and interior design companies, EleVen and Vstarr Interiors.

VENUS QUOTE BELIEVE IN YOURSELFWhat do you hope aspiring female athletes and emerging leaders in any field learn from you as a role model?

Stay true to yourself, and always believe in yourself and what you’re doing, no matter what others might say.

A Woman of Purpose – TENNIS CHAMPION SERENA WILLIAMS – Her Journey to GREATNESS

SERENA OVERPOWER OVERTAKE OVERCOME

Since turning pro in 1995, Serena Williams has a jaw-dropping career total 19 Grand Slam titles, in the Open Era, second only to Steffi Graf (22). How did she get here…

VENUS AND SERENA STUN TENNIS WORLDFor beginners, ‘stunned’  best describes the white establishment’s quintessential country-club sport when the Williams sisters first exploded on the tennis scene as young teens. When they were even younger someone commented to their father, Richard Williams, that he had the next Michael Jordan on his hands; Richard, who self-taught himself the fundamentals of tennis, famously commented:

DAD WITH THE NEXT TWO MICHAEL JORDONS” No brother man…I got the next ‘two’! ” 

The tennis world marveled when on February 25, 2002 Venus became the first African American to become

World Number One.

Venus Williams World No.1. On February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: www.tennisworld.usa.org)
Venus Williams World No.1, February 25, 2002 . (Photo Source: http://www.tennisworld.usa.org)

About this historical achievement, Dad is on record saying words to this effect – while Venus is very good, her little sister is greatness personified.

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Photo Source: http://www.gettyimages.com)

The sisters really were dismissed and denigrated by many in the all-white tennis establishment, and when he forecast that Venus and Serena would become the top two players in the game, so was their father.

Yet to be acknowledged for his genius as a coach, Richard Williams was scoffed and laughed at, but as the famous quote goes:

He who laughs last, laughs longest.”

Gold medalists Serena Williams of the United States and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the popdium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Game
It’s 2012…Gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Doubles Tennis on Day 9 of the London Olympics.

SERENA…IN THE BEGINNING

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(Photo Source: http://www.acebackers.com)

Serena Williams was only 4 years old when she and sister, Venus, started hitting tennis balls. And at age  10 her record was 46-3 on the Junior USA Tour and her ranking – Number One – in her age division.

Turning pro in 1995 her determination was on full display as her ranking soared from number 304 to number 99.

(Photo ource: www.tennisforum.com)
(Photo ource: http://www.tennisforum.com)

Remember what transpired on that ranking climb, Serena defeated two top ten players on the way up, Monica Seles and Mary Pierce. 

(Photo Source: learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
Althea Gibson first African American to win a Grand Slam.(Photo Source: learning.blogs.nytimes.com)

Amazingly only four years later, Serena followed up Althea Gibson’s feat of  1956, by becoming only the second African American to secure a grand slam women’s singles title. Winning at Flushing Meadows in 1999, the US Open – defeating Switzerland’s Martina Hingis in the women’s finals  6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

At age 17, Serena Williams shocked the world in winning the 1999 US Open. (Photo Source: 2013.usopen.org)
At age 17, Serena Williams shocked the world in winning the 1999 US Open. (Photo Source: 2013.usopen.org)

Backdrop to the story…as to why Serena winning her first grand slam title ‘here’  was so astounding to the lily-white tennis world: in 1997 her elder sister Venus at age 17 became the US Open’s first ‘unseeded’ women’s finalist in the Open Era. Well documented is the ‘open resentment’ Venus encountered during that tournament. (Check the cover of Sports Illustrated below) Venus was asked if she was tennis’ next Tiger Woods, her response is bold and true to factual reality:

(Photo Source: http://www.si.com)
(Photo Source: http://www.si.com)

“I would hope so,” Venus said. “He’s different from the mainstream, and in tennis I also am. I’m tall. I’m black. Everything’s different about me. Just face the facts.”

And the tennis world, if overwhelmed then, was much like the chorus of that song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”…when in 2002 Serena Jamika Williams followed up her Sister’s Act –

by becoming the World Number One too.SERENA WILLIAMS BECOMES WORLD NUMBER ONE

VENUS SERENA SERVING FROM THE HIP

A magazine cover I favor very much features the most celebrated siblings ever in tennis history on its cover and reads: “Venus and Serena Serving From the Hip.” The story has since grown much deeper than that when it comes to closer inspection of  the individual dispositions of these two
closely-bonded sisters.

Being the baby sister myself, I appreciate and admire much Venus’s generosity of spirit, support and protectiveness of her younger sister. But these characteristics have been enormous factors in their face-offs on court, particularly early in their careers.

The primary distinction is that while younger sister has vocalized a preference for not having to face Venus, Serena has never seemed as conflicted about beating Venus – as Venus has demonstrated for her baby sister.

VENUS HUGS SERENA AFTER WINNING US OPENRemember the first Prime-Time Televised women’s final in US Open history, when she beat Serena, Venus slung her arms around her kid sister’s shoulders when it was over and whispered in her ear, “Let’s get out of here.”

Serena and Destiny

Also admirable is that without hesitation, and from the beginning, Serena embraced her own individual destiny. And for the record, Champion Serena Williams has shared openly that, regardless of the opponent she hates losing more than she loves winning.

And true to her father Richard William’s proclamation; Serena has become the greatest women’s champion the world has ever been fortunate enough to witness.

serena interview with chris evertFurther testimony to her greatness, the World Number One is not satisfied with her record 19 Grand Slam Titles, so stay tuned folks for the greatest match of competition ever is underway…Serena against Tennis World History!

WHY I ADORE SERENA WILLIAMS

SERENASTRONGISBEAUTIFULYOUCANBECOMEI adore Serena for many reasons: that she is a woman of Faith; how she openly shares her journey to embracing and loving herself completely; the love she has for her family and genuine care for others; her dedication to her sport; and, her determination to live a full life outside of tennis; however my special admiration is reserved for Serena’s “Purity of Purpose”!

MUHAMMAD ALI FIRST MINUTE FIRST ROUNDAnd I love music too and, its correlation to current affairs in life today; thus the song for the autobiographical movie about the undisputed “GREATEST” Muhammad Ali is deservedly a song the dominant and ‘GREAT’ Serena Williams, a woman of purpose,  has earned in her sport such a tribute as well.

Ladies and gentlemen I present one of the greatest singers Whitney Houston [RIP] in Music Video performing “The Greatest Love Of All.”

submitted by a devoted fan of the William Sisters…@BlackPearlMoi (twitter account)

TENNIS.COM’S TOP 25 FEATURES A FAMILY AFFAIR: VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS

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(Photo Source: android-trick.biz)

The Venus and Serena Williams
‘Sister Act’ at this year’s Australian Open continues to reverberate throughout the tennis world.  Both are included in the February 10th TENNIS.com Top 25.

1. Serena Williams

(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)
(Associated Press Photo By Rob Griffith)

An ailing Williams more than doubled the ace count of any other woman at the Australian Open, and she put on a serving clinic in the second set of the final against Maria Sharapova. Her request for coffee at the Hopman Cup, winning a 19th major, and announcing her return to Indian Wells have made it a pretty lively start to the season,
wouldn’t you say?

13. Venus Williams

VENUS ELEVENBYVENUS RACQUET BEHIND HEADLosing in the quarterfinals sucked: That was essentially what Williams said after Keys edged her. And it was great to hear; Venus wasn’t simply happy with ending a five-year quarterfinal drought at majors. Her two wins in Argentina in the Fed Cup pushed her singles record in the competition to 19-2.

Read full Article→http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/02/tenniscom-top-25-february-10/54012/#.VNvO2_nF-ac

This calls for a song to go with the Photo Gallery below in dedication to these two tennis siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, who changed the game. #AgapeLove

That Day in History when Fans at Indian Wells Disgraced America: Tennis Establishment never publicly Apologizes to the Williams Sisters

The American Dream is standing up for what you believe in. Venus and Serena have demonstrated belief in it, and have stood for  America, playing for their country in the Olympics since the 2000 Summer Games were held in Sydney  (Gerard Rancinan/SI)
The American Dream is standing up for what you believe in. Venus and Serena have demonstrated belief in it, and have stood for America, playing and winning for their country in the Olympics since the 2000 Summer Games were held in Sydney
(Photo: Gerard Rancinan/SI)

About Indian Wells, the scene of the crime,  the two sisters who have doubled as America’s top two tennis players for almost two decades, have reached a divide. Serena announcing that she is releasing herself from the vow of never playing the tournament again; to date elder sister Venus has made no such move.

What is not lost on me is that Venus Ebony Star Williams was the first African American woman to ever hold the title of World Number One. ALTHEAAnd like Althea Gibson, the first Black woman to win Wimbledon in 1957, she was out there in the ‘lily-white’ tennis world all alone. When Venus made her debut in professional women’s tennis in 1994, New York Times contributor Robin Finn called her “the most unorthodox tennis prodigy her sport has ever seen.” Trust me, considering the non-politically correct racial climate that was status quo then, it was definitely one of the mildest attacks Venus faced.

Years ago in an appearance with her sister Serena on Oprah, Venus responded when questioned about racial discrimination in the locker room, in  terms of how the other players treated her. She paused and reflected before a brief mention of how they – the ‘little darlings’ as the tennis media dubbed female players of the “country-club” sport then –  were leaving nasty/dirty underwear by her locker. I have no words!

Not surprising to me that after the sum total of her experience on tour leading up to Indian Wells; seven years after it happened, this is a comment from Venus:

VENUS LOOKING BOSS“I never even thought about actually playing because it was unfathomable for me to return to those circumstances.”

The year is 2001, a leg injury has forced Venus Williams to pull out of a semifinal match against her sister. Indian Wells tournament officials make no announcement until only minutes before the match. During the final, younger sister Serena is in a face-off with Kim Clijsters. She is roundly booed on the court and after winning, during the victory ceremony as well.

(AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
(AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)

All the while Venus and her father face a ‘lynch mob’ like atmosphere in which they are heckled, jeered and called racial epithets in the stands – where they determinedly stay, as they’re presence represents support of their daughter/sister.

Venus Williams, the victim of vociferous rascists jeers, sat boldly with her father, in the stands. (Photo Source: Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport)
Venus Williams, the victim of vociferous rascists jeers, sat boldly with her father, in the stands. (Photo Source: Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport)

Tensions is so thick that Pam Schriver whom I’m watching on ESPN, reports live that the ushers were told in advance to be on guard for trouble in the stands.

RICHARD WILLIAMS BLACK POWER SALUTE AT INDIAN WELLSBLACK POWER SALUTE AT THE 1968 OLYMPICS 2While being heckled by the crowd, Richard Williams is seen on his cellular phone. Minutes later, a security guard appears by the friends’ box a couple of games into the match. (From a New York Times column written by Selena Roberts) His only visible reaction to the 15,000 fans in this disdainful crowd is a raised fist, reminiscent of The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was an act of protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos while the American National Athem played during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City.

Serena managed to win and voiced quite a prophetic message: ”I won a big battle today mentally, I think a champion can come through.”  Though victorious, the entire horrifying experience brought the champion to tears and running to the arms of her protective father once the match concluded.

Serena Williams with her father Richard and sister Venus at Indian Wells in 2001. (Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2940571/Serena-Williams-ends-boycott-racist-tennis-tournament-World-Number-One-return-Indian-Wells-14-years-family-abused-final.html
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Today…America remains forever in denial that racism flourishes; when not disputing that the disgraceful incident occurred at all; tennis media pundits engage vociferously in validating the crowds’ behavior. [Prime example ESPN Tennis writer Peter Bodo’s Blog→http://espn.go.com/blog/peter-bodo/post/_/id/980/serenas-maturation-comes-shining-through]

The entire situation harkens back to the disturbing dark days of Jim Crow.  Denial, though not surprising, is quite baffling from a country with a history of three centuries of enslaving Africans and who’s cherished Constitution granted those of African descent only 3/5th humanity.

Disbelievers need to remember Indian Wells tournament director Charlie Pasarell also is quoted in a USA Today article nine days after the Indian Wells final:

“I was cringing when all that stuff was going on. It was unfair for the crowd to do that.”

And disbelievers need too revisit the assessment of then WTA Chair and CEO Larry Scott. After he had watched a tape of the match, conducted interviews and held discussions with the Williams sisters and their family, below are his remarks:

WTA Chairman and CEO Larry Scott. (Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Former WTA Chairman and CEO Larry Scott. (Photo Source: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“Having watched it myself, it was one of the harshest environments I’ve seen a player have to be in,” Scott said. “It was a unique situation and one that obviously runs deep for Serena and for Venus.

Serena’s  recently  announced that she is returning to competition at Indian Wells, after a 14 years of letting her absence do the talking;  About ending her boycott now Serena says:

serenapretty (2)I play for the love of the game. And it is with that love in mind, and a new understanding of the true meaning of forgiveness, that I will proudly return to Indian Wells in 2015.

Serena writes exclusively in TIME about her decision in a well thought out piece.  You can read it HERE→http://time.com/3694659/serena-williams-indian-wells/

Georgetown professor and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson speaking with Dave Zirin of The Nation framed Serena’s decision as “…the majestic arc of forgiveness in black life that has helped to redeem America.” He added:

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(Photo Source: http://www.youtube.com)

“As the most dominant athlete of her generation, Serena carries huge symbolic capital. This gesture of principled forgiveness once again proves that black athletes at their best have been thermostats who changed the temperature of society rather than thermometers that merely recorded the temperature.”
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Full article herehttp://www.thenation.com/blog/197297/serena-williams-indian-wells-and-rewriting-future

Join Serena Williams on her Return to Indian Wells.
Join Serena Williams on her Return to Indian Wells. FOR MORE DETAILS go to: http://www.omaze.com/experiences/serena-williams

I applaud Serena for marrying her return to the cause of Justice; partnering with the noble work of the Equal Justice Initiative  (EJI): by operating a fundraising campaign in advance of the tournament. Details Here:→http://www.omaze.com/experiences/serena-williams:

More about the Cause for Justice Serena is supporting:

ejiEQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE

a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.  EJI provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

Venus Williams to date…remains silent on Indian Wells.

Silence was not the case in 2008. Venus in the self-assured, clear and concise manner that she is known for, shared her thoughts on the vow never to play that tournament again.

It happened during an interview about the WTA Tour’s impending plan to institute a policy designating four tournaments, outside the Grand Slam events, as ‘mandatory’ for the tour’s top players; with non-compliance resulting in potential penalties such as no rankings points, fines and possible suspensions.

Venus Williams stated she appreciated that the tour was attempting to create a sustainable business model, attractive to sponsors, television and fans; and had more to say:

Venus werars ElevenByVenus“Everybody has been on board with that, including Serena and I,” Venus said yesterday. “But we have had a problem at Indian Wells and we’ve chosen over the years not to play because of those issues, and emotionally we don’t want to be there. It would be too stressful for us emotionally, it wouldn’t be about the tennis — at all.”

Though the final sanction decision was up to the WTA Board, kudos to Larry Scott (adviser to the board) for choosing to engage in discussions with Venus and Serena about the matter in its entirety. Venus conveyed to him that the boycott is about Indian Wells and not about tennis.

venussweet“It’s not about not doing our best for the sport,” Venus Williams said. “We have a legitimate issue here, and it’s something we’ve all been dealing with over the years. But ultimately, Sis and I psychologically cannot play at Indian Wells.”

She added: “We try to be there for the fans who keep us in the game and allow us to do what we want to do,
but for us, it’s just not an option to play because of what we went through as a family.

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 31: Tennis: Bank of the West Classic, (L-R) Serena Williams, Venus Williams, father Richard, and mother Oracene before Venus's professional debut at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 10/31/1994 (Photo by Brad Mangin/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X47224)
UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 31: Tennis: Bank of the West Classic, (L-R) Serena Williams, Venus Williams, father Richard, and mother Oracene before Venus’s professional debut at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 10/31/1994 (Photo by Brad Mangin/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

SERENAWITHRACQUETOVERFACEAs a long-term devoted fan of the William sisters and their ‘Agape Love’ family, I respect whatever position each individually holds regarding the place where tennis fans disgraced America – Indian Wells.RACQUET

And equally ‘disgraceful’ is this truth – the tennis establishment ( WTA, USTA, ESPN Tennis and especially the current tournament officials of what was previously called Indian Wells) have yet to publicly apologize to the two wronged tennis champions, Venus and Serena, and their family!

Two Black women who changed the game, who represent the worldwide sport in grande fashion; and who are still playing well in their 30s – we should cherish them.  Again I submit this message to the Tennis Establishment – an APOLOGY is not only warranted – it’s long overdue!

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SERENA TAKE A BOW – CLAIMS 19TH GRAND SLAM AT 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

SERENA TAKE A BOW

She did it! Serena has gone where only two other women tennis players have gone before, to the land of more than 18 grand slams.SERENA WINS 2015 AUSSIE

SERENA IS COMING

Get ready Helen Wills Moody, whose  focus and drive helped her become the world’s leading female tennis player in the 1920s and ’30s ending with a career total of 19 grand slams. And watchout Steffi Graf, you with 22 singles titles that mark the record for most Major wins by a tennis player (male or female) since the introduction of the Open Era in 1968. Tennis history stand at alert cause the current World #1 is coming.

 

Still defying time and having conquered age; in fact the only rival Serena Williams has at this point in her career is history! After grabbing #19 while playing Down Under the past two weeks not feeling well, she leaped for joy.

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Love this photo of Serena with her coach Patrick Mouratoglou (The Mastermind), both with well deserved smiles after her history-making win at the 2015 Australian Open.

SERENA WITH PATRICK

Grand Slam Number 20 – “Come Get  It Bae”   ‘-)

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Make You Wanna HOLLA: Why Isn’t The Story – Serena Williams Is Going For Grand Slam #19?

Watching ESPN just now, coverage of the Australian Open, and the verbiage is all about age – “Serena is the oldest player to reach an Aussie final.” Falderal! Serena Williams is on a history-making journey to surpass her compatriots, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova , in the elite 18 Grand Slam club. And she is only one win away from doing just that.

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Why then has this part of her competing in the 2015 grand slam down under been on mute? Simply unbelievable to me. Seems the greater Serena’s achievements the harder the media, specifically the US tennis media, attempts to devalue her greatness. They remain stuck on the power narrative when it comes to her. Will they ever acknowledge what they see when watching Serena play? She is a most intelligent player, which enables her to strategize and win? Overlooking Serena’s continuing dominance in her sport is plain out perplexing.

While in America the chat is all about “the changing of the guard”. It only took the World #1 two straight sets[7-6 (5), 6-2] in her match against fellow American Madison Keys to restore order and shut down that talking point.(Avenging her sister’s loss to Keys at the same time!) ShoutOut to Serena for her encouraging words to Madison after the match. [WATCH VIDEO]

Now I am thrilled for the rising young and obviously talented Keys who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal. That she is projected to make her top 20 debut is fantastic. Under new coach Lindsay Davenport I only expect continuing progress in her development.

Here me well now, I don’t begrudge her media attention, but it should not overshadow what winning this final means for Serena and history!  Australian Open TennisAnd at same time it should not make Serena’s elder sister Venus an after thought as she will move up the rankings after this Grand Slam to maybe as high as top 10.

Truth is the Williams sisters, top two American women in the game, are not products of the USTA. Father Richard Williams chose, wisely as time has proven, not to put his child prodigies Venus and Serena under their tutelage. Could that fact possibly be at work here in what appears to be an eagerness to see a “Changing of the Guard?”VENUS AND SERENA WITH DAD

ESPN and the USTA are contractually bound at the hip and therefore responsible parties in what I see as disrespectful treatment of the Williams sisters. Maybe it’s because the USTA is so desperate for legitimacy; with its failure in producing top tennis players that it experienced under the many years of Patrick McEnroe’s leadership? (Must have been one hellova contract that still keeps him in the booth at ESPN Tennis as a talking head!)

VOGVenus and Serena remain perfect examples of positivity; no matter what swirls in the media. Most endearing to me is their close bond, it’s as if they understood that it would always indeed be them against the world!

And in the case of Serena it is astonishing to watch her transform her steadfast belief that she is the greatest – in match after match –SERENA DEVASTATINGwhere she mentally constructs a strategy, then physically delivers play, resulting in the defeat of whomever is on the other side of the net!

 Serena Williams talks to Chris Evert  Source: espn.go.com
Serena Williams talks to Chris Evert Source: espn.go.com

In her December interview with Chris Evert, Serena said she was hard at work fine tuning movement and improving her serve; and when asked about Graf’s record of #22 grand slams, she said she  was going to go for the gusto this year.

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And aren’t we the lucky ones, Serena does the hard work of fending off those attempting to dethrone her…and all we have to do is watch!

Now the Australian Open gets the sexy championship final match it was probably hoping for with Maria Sharapova versus Serena. Now Sharapova has lost every encounter with Serena since the 2004 Wimbledon. And again I fear the lead story will be all about the fighter coming for Serena and not Serena going for her 19th Grand Slam!

SERENAWORKOUTLet’s talk a bit more about history-making and grand slams; Serena has only lost four times in finals.  This has her currently tied with Martina Navratilova (18-14) and Chris Evert (18-16) at fourth all-time. Beating Sharapova would place her alongside Helen Wills Moody (19-3), and behind only Margaret Smith Court (24-5) and Steffi Graf (22-9). That Williams continues her climb up the record accomplishments in women’s tennis at the age of 33 is beyond amazing, and  frankly, my dear, I’m out of superlatives…OK.

Meanwhile as the tennis season continues I’ll be watching another game that’s being played – the Dodge-Ball game the tennis media is playing as Serena Williams continues her pursuit of Grand Slam #19 and beyond.  Go get #19 Serena and let all the other damn games continue, then…LOL! ‘-)

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