Serena Williams’ on-court record speaks for itself: 677 career wins, No. 1 all-time in prize money, three Olympic gold medals, and 18 major championships all reflect her incredible tennis ability. She is in the conversation for greatest female tennis player of all time, with a run of dominance that has now stretched into her early 30s after she first turned pro in September of 1995, just two days before her 14th birthday.
While it would be easy to go on ad nauseam about Serena’s tennis talent, that’s only a part of this incredible woman’s repertoire. She has a whole host of interests beyond tennis, from entertainment to sports to puppies, and her dynamic personality has afforded her many opportunities away from the game.
A true role model who has used her stature in the world of sports to inspire others, Williams has done everything from building a school in Kenya to lending her name to a highly-successful fashion line. Along the way, she’s won admirers ranging from Michelle Obama to LeBron James, and has become the poster child for the ideal, all-around successful female athlete. (She’s also a fantastic Instagram follow.)
She’s been an admired and respected cultural figure for the better part of two decades now, a staggering run for anybody, let alone someone in a sport known for chewing up and spitting out athletes like tennis. Her commitment to her craft on and off the court is reflected in everything Williams does, and her tremendous career can be directly attributed to this focus and drive.
Rather than focus on what she does with a tennis racket, Here Are 10 Reasons Why Serena Williams Flourishes Off the Court.
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