Venus Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 44 in the WTA singles rankings. She is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis and along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women’s professional tennis tour. Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. She first reached the No. 1 ranking on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era and the second all time since Althea Gibson. She has also managed herself a position in the Forbes Top 100 Celebrity list. Williams won the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award and Best Female Tennis ESPY Award.

Birth Name

Venus Ebony Starr Williams

Nickname

V

Profession

Professional Tennis Player

Plays

Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)

Turned PRO

October 31, 1994

Grand Slams Won

Venus’s first singles Grand Slam title wins were in the years –

  • Australian Open – None (She reached the finals in 2003)
  • French Open – None (She was able to reach the finals in 2002)
  • Wimbledon – 2000
  • US Open – 2000

Nationality 

American

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Venus Williams was born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California, United States.

Age

She is currently 39 years old.

Residence 

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States

Sun Sign

Gemini

Ethnicity

Black

Religion

Jehovah’s Witness

Education

Venus was homeschooled by her father Richard. She has a fashion degree from Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, which she got in December 2007.

Family Details

  • Father – Richard Williams (Tennis Coach)
  • Mother – Oracene Price (Tennis Coach)
  • Siblings – Yetunde Price (Older Half-Sister) (Murdered in California in 2003), Lyndrea Price (Older Half-Sister), Isha Price (Older Half-Sister), Serena Williams (Younger Sister) (Tennis Player)

Marital Status

Single

Boyfriend / Spouse

Venus Williams has dated –

  • Hank Kuehne (2007-2010) – On January 6, 2007, she started dating golfer Hank Kuehne. After dating for a couple of months, she and Hank got engaged on Christmas of 2007 but the engagement was called off in 2010 as they split.

  • Elio Pis (2013-2017) – In 2013, she started dating Cuban model, Elio Pis. The couple was together for 4 years and called it quits in 2017.
  • Nicholas Hammond (2017-2019) – After splitting from Elio, she started dating businessman Nicholas Hammond in 2017. He is 12 years her junior. He was her date during her sister Serena’s wedding with Alexis Ohanian but this relationship also came to an end because Venus wanted to marry and settle down but Nicholas wasn’t ready. The split was amicable.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 6 feet 1 inches
  • In centimeters – 185 cm
  • In meters – 1.85 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 74 kg
  • In Pounds – 163 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 35-26-35
  • Bust – 35 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32D

Body Build

Athletic

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 11 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Famous For

Being the former #1 female tennis player in the world. She achieved her career’s best ranking on June 7, 2010, which was #1.

Film Debut

Apart from Wimbledon movies, she appeared in a musical TV film Fashion Rocks as herself in 2004.

Television Debut

In 1999, Venus appeared in a game show Hollywood Squares as herself in 5 episodes from November 29 to December 3.

Brand Endorsements

Venus Williams has appeared several print ads, which are- Wilson Hyper Hammer 4.3 Tennis Racket (2000), Wilsons Leather Collection (2001), Avon (2002), Tide washing detergent (2010), Wilson K Blade Racquet (2008) & Charleston Family Circle Cup Tournament (2009). Apart from the above print ads she appeared in these TV commercials-Reebok DMX (1999), American Express (2004), McDonald’s (2002), Sci-Fi Channel (1999), Cadbury’s Oreo (2009) & Apple iPhone 5.

Venus Williams Favorites

  • Favorite Singers – Mariah Carey, Brandy
  • Favorite Restaurants – Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Garden, France-Soir in Melbourne, Barton G’s in Miami, SugarCane Raw Bar Grill in Miami
  • Favorite Athletes – Boris Becker, Monica Seles, Serena Williams, Gaël Monfils, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal
  • Favorite Books – I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Favorite City – Palm Beach Gardens, Rome, Hong Kong, Paris
  • Favorite Designers – Ralph Lauren, Armani, Matthew Williamson, Dolce & Gabbana
  • Favorite Music – 6 Underground (By Sneaker Pimps), Call Me (By Blondie), Stupid Girl (ByGarbage), Tom Sawyer (By Rush)
  • Favorite Food – Cherry Pies

Serena Williams Net worth

Venus Williams has an estimated net worth of $95 million dollars as of 2019.

Social Media Portfolio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Venus Williams

  • Her parents and sisters are her role models.
  • Richard Williams then shouldered the responsibility of training his daughters at the game on his own and became their official coach.
  • She has been coached by David Witt and her both parents.
  • In 1995, Williams played three tournaments. Though she lost all the three, in the match at Oakland, she managed to beat World No 18 Amy Frazier to reach the quarterfinals.
  • In 2000, Williams won the WTA Player of the Year, along with WTA Doubles Team of the Year Awards. She was bestowed with the Sportswoman of the Year Award and Extraordinary Achievement Award.
  • In February 2002, she became the first African-American woman to become World No. 1 since the computer rankings began in 1975.
  • In 2005, she was placed at #25 in the Best Players list by Tennis Magazine.
  • In 2011, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sjögren’s syndrome. As she was not able to play any match for a short time, her ranking dropped to 105.
  • In 2011, William’s tryst to overcome her injuries failed miserably as she suffered injuries and sickness. She retired hurt in the third round of the Australian Open, did not participate in the French Open, lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon, and withdrew in the second round of the US Open due to illness. Her frequent injuries and illness caused a major dip in her ranking from World No 2 to World No 102.
  • In June 2011, she was named one of the 30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future by Time.
  • In 2012, Williams did not make an appearance in the Australian Open. At the French Open, she lost in the second round to Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets. As for Wimbledon, she lost in the first round itself, while in US Open, she failed to make it to the third round of the match.
  • In March 2012, Tennis Channel aired a television series 100 greatest tennis players of all time, where she was ranked as 22nd.
  • Williams is the CEO of V Starr Interiors, an interior designing company.
  • She has a pet dog named, Harold
  • Visit her official website @ venuswilliams.com.
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