Serena Williams: Tennis “wasn’t really meant for black people”

World number one Serena Williams is taking a break from tennis. Following her heartbreaking semifinal loss at the US Open, Williams opted to end her season prematurely – skipping Premier events in Asia including the WTA Finals in Singapore where she’s the defending champion.

If one follows her social media accounts, the American is by no means just resting. She’s been busy endorsing products and gracing the magazine covers and hanging out with famous friends. She even found time to become a guest editor for WIRED magazine.

In her article, the American wrote: “I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people.”

Williams revealed that during the US Open 2008, she would having her “match books” where she’d write “affirmations to myself and read them during matches.” She added that it worked for her.

No one can dispute that considering that she would go on to win more Grand Slam titles. This year alone she won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and was just two matches away from completing a Calendar Grand Slam – a feat last done by Steffi Graf in 1988.

The top-ranked women’s tennis player has a chance to emulate Graf’s achievement in 2016 – A Calendar Golden Slam. She has the opportunity to clinch the gold in the women’s singles and win all the Grand Slams at stake during the Olympic Year.

She’d definitely need to bring her “match books” on those moments.


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