Early Life and Beginnings in Tennis
Venus Williams was born on June 17, 1980 in Lynwood, California. Local tennis player Tony Chesta was the first to recognize her talents when Williams was still a child. Her family later moved from Compton, California, to West Palm Beach, Florida, so that she and her younger sister Serena could attend Rick Macci’s tennis academy.
At the age of 11, Williams’s father stopped allowing both her and Serena to compete in junior tennis tournaments to encourage them to pace themselves and focus on academics.
In 1994, Williams officially turned professional at the age of 14, when she played in the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland. She lost the competition in the second round against world No. 2 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, after which she didn’t compete for the rest of the year.
In 1995, Williams’s father withdrew her and Serena from Macci’s academy entirely and decided to coach them on his own at home. That same year, Williams competed in three events as a wild-card player. She lost the first round of the tournament in L.A., followed by a loss during the first round of the tournament in Toronto, but the third time was the charm as she reached the quarterfinals in the Oakland tournament, winning the second round against No. 18 Amy Frazier—her first win against a top 20-ranked player before her loss against Magdalena Maleeva.
1996 saw Williams compete in five events, in which she lost during the first round four times with the exception of the Los Angeles tournament, where she reached the third round before she lost to No. 1 Steffi Graf.
Williams played in a total of 15 events in 1997, and her efforts paid off as she eventually ranked in the top 50 for the first time on September 8, taking No. 22.
Venus Williams’ Tennis Career
By 1999, she had established herself even further as one of the world’s top tennis players, winning three Tier I titles along with her first Grand Slam doubles title. The next year, she not only won her first and second Grand Slam singles titles, but she also won the gold medal in women’s doubles, along with her sister Serena, in the Sydney Olympic Games.
She became No. 1 in 2002, a year that also saw Williams win four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals. Venus Williams’s Wimbledon match against her sister resulted in a loss, but she was the top seed in the competition that year.
Over the years since, both Serena and Venus Williams have experienced their ups and downs throughout their respective careers, but continue to impress today with their prowess and seemingly unwavering skills.
Venus Williams Relationships: Who Has She Dated?
Venus Williams is dating Nicholas Hammond.
Venus Williams has also been engaged to Hank Kuehne in 2007 to 2010 and was in a relationship with Elio Pis in 2013 to 2017.
The Latest Venus Williams News
As she still makes waves in the world of tennis, Venus Williams has also made headlines in recent years for events in her professional and personal life.
In 2007, Williams established a partnership with retailer Steve & Barry’s and launched her clothing line, EleVen. The line made debuted during the 2012 New York fashion week. Williams decided to hire athletic models to represent the target customer for EleVen clothing, and she continues to don her clothing during competitions to promote EleVen.
In 2017, Venus Williams’s car accident occurred while driving in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Another vehicle collided with Williams’s SUV as she crossed an intersection. The accident ended in tragedy, as a 78-year-old man was killed and another injured in the second vehicle. Venus Williams’s accident was a close call, but she walked away without injury. Investigators found that the driver of a third vehicle was responsible for the accident as Williams lawfully crossed the intersection.
Williams’s is currently dating millionaire Nicholas Hammond, heir to Walter Annenberg, publishing magnate. This is following a longtime relationship with pro golfer Hank Kuehne throughout Venus Williams’s Wimbledon competition in 2007 and another subsequent relationship with Cuban model Elio Pis, who met Williams as a model for her clothing line and dated her until 2015.
In 2011, it was also revealed that Williams was unable to compete in the US Open prior to her second-round match due to her Sjögren’s syndrome diagnosis. Following this diagnosis, Williams took up a vegan diet and reduced consumption of sugars and calories, which helped her get back in shape to continue competing.
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