Venus Williams advises young players: “Focus on playing and enjoying life”

For the younger generations it is of crucial importance to discuss with the most experienced. In the case of tennis, with those who have won practically everything and lived the professional circuit since a young girl.

Therefore, who better than an icon like Venus Williams can serve as a beacon for the new generation? Answering questions from fans in a live broadcast on the Instagram page of her clothing line, EleVen by Venus, the Slam champion felt she was giving the following advice to young tennis players who find themselves facing the media hype deriving from the sport they practice:

“Don’t read articles about yourself, don’t listen to commentary on television or other media, and focus on playing and enjoying life. Remember it’s just a game,” said the American.

Venus Williams who generously answered questions from her supporters, including her advice for a 30-year-old woman who plays tennis occasionally: “Make your time on the court count. Watch the games of your favorite players on YouTube to not lose your head.”

Venus Williams: “Champions don’t give up in half”

Several times it has happened, in tennis but not only, to witness the gradual decline of a champion, either because of the numerous injuries that affect the progress of her career, or because of the simple passing of the years.

The first thought of the fans but also of the insiders themselves is always: “It would do well to retire instead of facing an inglorious end.”

But the reality, according to Venus Williams, is that a champion never leaves things halfway and must decide to retire only when he deems it really appropriate: “The champions keep going until they get the right result. We do not give up in the middle,” the American declared forcefully.

Finally, the 7-time Grand Slam champion added that she tries to rise to the occasion, knowing that the road ahead will not be easy: “I’m not looking for easy things. I try to rise to the occasion. It doesn’t matter how many times it takes.”

Venus Williams, who held the No. 1 spot for 11 weeks in 2002, has now dropped to 1,025th place in the WTA rankings. Her last appearance was at last month’s US Open, where she was honored by her younger sister Serena, who said: “There would be no Serena Williams without Venus,” during the 23-time Grand Slam winner’s retirement ceremony.