Serena Williams is one of the biggest icons of tennis. Over the years she has played many memorable matches against worthy opponents. However, one of them stands out more than the others, and it is none other than former President, Donald Trump.
Williams’ illustrious career spanned over two decades. The younger Williams sister won 23 Grand Slam titles along the way and left an indelible mark on the sport. She also inspired a lot of children and teenagers to pick up the tennis racket, some of whom are professionals now. Hence, Serena was the obvious choice as the guest to inaugurate a new tennis facility, with Donald Trump at its helm.
Back in 2015, before he became the president of the US, Donald Trump opened a modern tennis facility in Virginia. Serena was present at the time of the unveiling, as the chief guest. The cherry on the cake was when Trump took on Williams for an impromptu match.
Donald Trump 6’3” 215lbs of peak performance. Playfully played Serena Williams with a suit and no shoes. pic.twitter.com/yUXdTfxGLD
— MAGS (@TAftermath2020) October 8, 2023
Trump took off his shoes, as he locked horns with Serena whilst wearing a suit. It was fun, as the former President returned Serena’s serves.
The inauguration video from 2015 surfaced on social media recently, and fans were amused to see them locked in a battle. One fan noticed how hard Trump hit the ball, commenting, “That boy smacked the f*ck out that first ball.” Another fan called Trump the GOAT. Here are a few reactions to the video.
Ayoooo that boy smacked the f*ck out that first ball 😂💀 https://t.co/HAAlDXmO7B
— 🦉 Lakers Vino (@VinoUncorked) October 11, 2023
Donald is the goat of tennis
— GR81 (@gr81_matt) October 8, 2023
Trump playing tennis has to be one of the most entertaining things to watch LMFAO https://t.co/Apzvyq0qfc
— lau ♛ (@lauraeherrera) October 12, 2023
Serena Williams went easy on Trump, but it was still very entertaining to watch them have a go at it. Trump even hailed Serena as the greatest female tennis player of all time. Following this event, there were rumors that Serena was supporting Trump during his presidential campaign. Williams absolutely denied any involvement.
What is Serena Williams’ political stance?
Ever since Williams shared the court with Trump, there were rumors that she was backing him. Reality was different though, as Serena clearly stated that she was not supporting any candidate.
Since Serena is a Jehovah’s Witness, she has to adhere to some rules, like not celebrating birthdays or being involved in politics. “I don’t get involved in politics. I don’t vote. It goes back to my religion, and I’m not involved at all in that political scene,” said Serena (via Tennis Now).
Since the inauguration event, Serena Williams won several more Grand Slams. She finally retired from the sport in 2022, with 23 major titles to her name.