Serena Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. In her long career, Williams has achieved a great many things, including winning 23 Grand Slam titles. Serena hung up her racket last year, and the champion is finally ready to reflect on her journey.
The tennis legend signed a two-book deal with Penguin Random House recently. Of the two books, one of them will be a memoir about her life. This will include intimate entries about her childhood and the hardships she had to endure on the path to greatness. It will offer a deeper perspective on Serena‘s life, both on and off the court.
The other book will be an inspirational title. Williams is the latest athlete to foray into the world of celebrity memoirs. As of now, there is no word on the tentative release date.
“For so long, all I was focused on was winning, and I never sat down to look back and reflect on my life and career. Over the last year, I’ve really enjoyed taking time with my growing family to celebrate my accomplishments and explore my other passions. I couldn’t be at a more perfect place to be able to take on such a personal, intimate project, and there’s no one I would rather do it with than the team at Random House,” said Serena (via Tennis.com).
One of the major topics that Serena will touch upon in her book is how she overcame racial discrimination. Tennis is a predominantly white and male-dominated sport, but Serena and her older sister Venus Williams broke a lot of barriers. The Williams sisters paved the way for the new generation of players, who grew up idolizing them.
Has Serena Williams written other books in the past?
Serena Williams has quite possibly achieved everything there is to achieve. She won 23 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, in addition to a host of other WTA titles. However, her journey was not an easy one.
Williams has faced hardships and personal tragedies. Her father, Richard Williams, trained Serena and Venus to overcome all the roadblocks in their path. Richard’s methods were not conventional, but they made Serena and Venus who they are today.
In her book, On the Line, Serena offered a glimpse into her life. It was a biography written by Daniel Paisner and released in 2009. It chronicled her childhood, the ups and downs of her career, and her comeback after her older sister, Yetunde Price, was fatally shot.
In Adventures of Qai Qai, a children’s book, tennis star Serena Williams highlights a young black dancer Baby Girl who gains confidence for her recital performance with her magical doll. It is a very well-written story that teaches the lesson of self-confidence to kids.
Serena Williams has been a beacon of hope and inspiration to many, especially black women. Children picked up the tennis racket because they wanted to be her. Her legacy will endure in the years to come.