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Title talk with Venus - but don't mention the Belgian
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Published: January 12 2008 02:00 | Last updated: January 12 2008 02:00

Venus Williams has acquired an academic title. "Fashion designer. Extraordinairrrrrre! Hahaha. I'll be able to get an entry position getting coffee for hopefully Anna Wintour."

The new tennis year - Venus's 10th in the top 10 - takes off on Monday with the Australian Open. At 27, Williams is an ancient on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. But have she and her sister Serena finally lost their dominance to a small ponytailed Belgian called Justine Henin? And is Venus chiefly a designer now anyway?

Williams is in Madrid to answer, in between greeting other Williamses. The breakfast room of the Westin Palace hotel is hosting a clan gathering this morning.

Whenever people say that Venus has got bored of tennis, she goes and wins Wimbledon. Was her victory last July Venus at her legendary best? She laughs (contrary to stereotype, Williams laughs a lot). "At the time I thought I was playing terribly. Every night I was studying my match from the day before like, 'This is all wrong!' Everyone around was, 'You're playing great'. I was thinking: 'Fools!' It's funny, the standard that athletes hold themselves to."
The waiter brings peach juice, intended to keep her awake after her flight from her Florida home. "You're doing a good job," she assures him. "Cookies! Mmmm."

Does winning trophies never become routine? " Never. It never gets routine, winning any match. See, I should be allowed to win all of them, because I get the most excited." She laughs at herself: Williams is gradually coming to terms with being a perfectionist workaholic.

It's time to broach the delicate subject of Henin. For a decade the norm in tennis has been that when Williamses are healthy and playing, they rule. But before I can even mention Henin, Williams interrupts: "I feel like if I've had a chance to prepare, and I'm healthy, I'm very confident I'm gonna win. When I play players, they'll come out swinging hard, because they know they have to go for everything. If they don't, that gives me too much room to dictate." She gives a short laugh: "And that's not a good position."

But the brilliant Henin beat both Williams sisters at the US Open. Isn't she their strongest challenger yet? "I consider my strongest challenger Serena," says Williams. "It's almost like playing myself."

But Henin is number one. Williams retorts: "My Dad always said, 'Don't go for being the number one player. Be number zero.'Why number zero? "Zero comes before one."

She has avoided issuing even anodyne praise of Henin. The sisters seldom pay opponents the compliment of acknowledging their existence.

Another Williams walks into the breakfast room. "Hey, Ish!" Williams calls her sister Isha over, and introduces us. ("You want to be the most polite person in the world!" is another of her Dad's homilies.) After lengthy greetings, the interview resumes.

How have the Williamses changed tennis? "I think our impact on the game is power and speed and interest. When we play often, I think it really helps interest in tennis. Everybody's trying to serve as hard as they can, trying to get as fast as they can, and get to doing the things that - you know, that we do."
A black woman with blonde hair enters. "There's Mom!" shouts Williams. Mrs Williams is hugged, then dispatched to a museum with Isha. "Be tourists," instructs Venus.

The next clan gathering is scheduled for Williams's graduation in fashion design in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Williams mock-laments: "When I wake up I do portfolio, all day till 10 o'clock. I miss doctors' appointments, I forget everything because even at night I'm thinking of colours. I ordered my cards where you announce your graduation. You know they're charging $45 for 25 of those? I said, 'Are you serious? This is a scam!' "
Few world-class athletes study on the side. "I think I like the pressure," Venus admits. "But I've worked on my overachiever issues. I max myself out too much."

From Madrid to "Fort Laudy" to Melbourne. "This time of year," says Williams, "I'm excited about travelling, about possibilities. I prefer Melbourne over Sydney. It's a nice, relaxing easy feel."
What is her favourite Melbourne moment? Venus describes a doubles match with Serena. "We were playing against this team, and losing. They weren't laughing at us, but they were having fun, and winning, and laughing with each other. And I'm saying to Serena: 'Look. They're laughing." Williams mimics herself with a frantic squeal: ' We've got to do something!'

"And watching Serena so many times come back from being down in Australia. It's one place where she makes it happen. But she says, 'I should pick Wimbledon.' And I say, ' I've picked Wimbledon.' "

Well, Wimbledon does outrank Melbourne. Venus counters: "I'd be super-happy to win Australia. It's a slam. When people count your slams, they don't not count that one. They don't say, 'She has eight slams, but three were Australians.' "

Then she beetles off to find Serena. "My protégé," clucks Venus.

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Anna Wintour's Next Assistant?


The Devil Wears Prada, a movie redeemed only by Meryl Streep's portrayal of a brittle editrix much like Vogue's Anna Wintour, has had a pernicious effect on a generation of young women. Venus Williams, the tennis star, is preparing for her next career, as a fashion designer. Her modest ambition? "I'll be able to get an entry position getting coffee for hopefully Anna Wintour."

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Venus and Serena Williams To Play Charleston’s Family Circle Cup

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Venus and Serena Williams traditionally do not compete at many events together other than the mandatory Grand Slams and Sony Ericsson Open, but Charleston’s Family Circle Cup will be a big exception in 2008.

They join world No. 1 Justine Henin in a strong player field that now boasts three women who have held this prestigious ranking.

Serena Williams is an 8-time Grand Slam champion who is making her fifth appearance in Charleston. Venus Williams is a 6-time Grand Slam champion making her fourth appearance at the Cup where she won the title in 2004.

The 2008 Family Circle Cup draw will also include defending champion and current World No. 4 Jelena Jankovic as it celebrates its over three decades in women’s professional tennis April 12 - 20th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, SC.

“Serena and Venus Williams are true champions who bring excitement to every tournament they enter,” noted Robin Reynolds, Family Circle Cup Tournament Director. “Each sister has had great success at the Cup and they both have such a huge fan base here at this event. Having these two superstars enter our tournament makes our 35th anniversary even more special.”

“I really enjoy playing in Charleston and can’t wait to return,” commented Serena Williams. “I have so many wonderful memories from that event both on and off the court.”

Serena has made four appearances in Charleston and holds a 7-4 record at this event having notched her best result as a finalist at the 2003 Family Circle Cup. She was named the 2004 Family Circle / Prudential Financial “Player Who Makes a Difference” for her outstanding contributions of time and energy to worthy charitable causes.

While competing in Charleston, Serena has participated in many clinics and has made numerous appearances at schools as well as charitable and community organizations.

Throughout Venus Williams’ incredible career, her stunning accomplishments are numerous on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. With 36 singles titles including six Grand Slam championships, this 27-year-old former World No. 1 has amassed over 475 wins, $18 million in career earnings, and won a US Olympic Gold medal with her sister Serena in doubles at the 2000 Olympic Games.

“The Family Circle Cup is a great tournament and I really love spending time in Charleston,” stated Venus Williams. “The environment at the tournament has always been great, and I look forward to coming back in April for another chance at the title.”

The 2008 Family Circle Cup will be held April 12th - 20th at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information on the Family Circle Cup, visit www.familycirclecup.com.

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First post match interview!


Q. How did you assess your opening match?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I felt good out there. Had a lot of fun. Got to hit a lot of balls, which I felt was good. I think she challenged me on a lot of points. She really stayed in there and played a lot of shots, definitely made me play some balls that I wasn't expecting to come back.
It was definitely challenging.

Q. Plenty of room for improvement as the tournament goes on?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm always looking to improve throughout my whole career, so... I'm looking to get better every time, every tournament I play.

Q. There were some errors in the game. To be expected?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, errors happen. That's tennis.

Q. You walked out there with your own line of clothing. How satisfying is that to walk out with clothes you designed yourself?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I was a design student. I'm now a graduate. It's my field of choice besides tennis, so I'm very proud. There's a lot of great things coming out with EleVen soon.

Q. What about your jewelry, is that your design as well?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. Maybe I'll wear EleVen jewelry the next match. I didn't have any on tonight.

Q. That's not an engagement ring on your finger?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I've been wearing this ring for like four years.

Q. You missed the tournament last year. This is one you haven't won. Serena did well last year. Do you come in here with your sights set for some unfinished business?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I felt wonderful about Serena's win yesterday. I watched every match, so I definitely feel like I was part of The Open last year. I'm definitely physically here this year so I'm looking to definitely improve on my results. I've come close to winning. I'd like to try again.

Q. Serena mentioned you were playing really well during practice. Do you feel like you are, that you're coming into this in really good form?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I felt like I was hitting really well in practice leading up. I felt she was hitting really well, too. We always challenge each other. It's definitely great to be able to hit against Serena Williams.

Q. The thing in Madrid that kept you out, what exactly was that? How are you feeling now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I never talked much about that, and I still don't. It's the past now.

Q. You're a hundred percent physically?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm definitely doing my best for me, so it's good.

Q. We always hear wonderful words by Serena to you and you to Serena. When you are both in the house, what do you say terrible to Serena that she becomes angry?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, we don't fight.

Q. Never?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. For nothing?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Huh-uh.

Q. C'mon.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Huh-uh.

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First post match interview!


Q. How did you assess your opening match?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I felt good out there. Had a lot of fun. Got to hit a lot of balls, which I felt was good. I think she challenged me on a lot of points. She really stayed in there and played a lot of shots, definitely made me play some balls that I wasn't expecting to come back.
It was definitely challenging.

Q. Plenty of room for improvement as the tournament goes on?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm always looking to improve throughout my whole career, so... I'm looking to get better every time, every tournament I play.

Q. There were some errors in the game. To be expected?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, errors happen. That's tennis.

Q. You walked out there with your own line of clothing. How satisfying is that to walk out with clothes you designed yourself?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I was a design student. I'm now a graduate. It's my field of choice besides tennis, so I'm very proud. There's a lot of great things coming out with EleVen soon.

Q. What about your jewelry, is that your design as well?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No. Maybe I'll wear EleVen jewelry the next match. I didn't have any on tonight.

Q. That's not an engagement ring on your finger?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I've been wearing this ring for like four years.

Q. You missed the tournament last year. This is one you haven't won. Serena did well last year. Do you come in here with your sights set for some unfinished business?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I felt wonderful about Serena's win yesterday. I watched every match, so I definitely feel like I was part of The Open last year. I'm definitely physically here this year so I'm looking to definitely improve on my results. I've come close to winning. I'd like to try again.

Q. Serena mentioned you were playing really well during practice. Do you feel like you are, that you're coming into this in really good form?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I felt like I was hitting really well in practice leading up. I felt she was hitting really well, too. We always challenge each other. It's definitely great to be able to hit against Serena Williams.

Q. The thing in Madrid that kept you out, what exactly was that? How are you feeling now?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I never talked much about that, and I still don't. It's the past now.

Q. You're a hundred percent physically?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I'm definitely doing my best for me, so it's good.


Q. We always hear wonderful words by Serena to you and you to Serena. When you are both in the house, what do you say terrible to Serena that she becomes angry?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, we don't fight.

Q. Never?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No.

Q. For nothing?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Huh-uh.

Q. C'mon.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Huh-uh.
uhh... doesn't that mean she is dealing with some sort of injury
I'm doing the best for me = I'm struggling with something but I'm going to try and play through it
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Venus Williams Interview Australian Open - Jan 17



Q. Looked like a tough match on the score board. How did you assess it?





VENUS WILLIAMS: Definitely got to hit a lot of balls. She plays a really feisty game, brings a lot of balls back, and a lot of balls low. And she was definitely on her best tennis today. So she played well.

Q. A few unforced errors?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I had a few.

Q. Why was that?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Because I guess I made some mistakes.

Q. Is that the sort of game you need to bring you to your top, progress further in the championship?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I mean, to be honest, at this point, I feel like I know how to play tennis. And whether or not I have my best match or a match that's not so good for me is not something that worries me for the next round.

So either way, it's just important for me to get to the next round. I feel like I can always play better, even if I play well.

Q. You play Mirza in the next round. What you do you know of her? Have you played her before?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, actually, I have. A little while ago. She's a good player, also. She tries to play aggressive. Looks like she enjoys herself out there.

Q. Venus, there was a lot of breaks of serve in the match. Were you concerned about your serving?

VENUS WILLIAMS: No, not really. Like I said earlier, nothing worries me anymore. I feel like I know how to play. If I make a few mistakes, I'm not going to freak out. I'm fine. I feel good.

Q. That kind of match is a good test for you, don't you think, because she makes you play a lot of different shots, you use different parts of your arsenal?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, she definitely played well. And at first, I think I wanted to rush a little bit too much. But finally, later in the second set, I finally realized, Whoa, she wants to run. Well, let her run. So it became a side‑to‑side kind of thing, I finally got a little smarter in the last few games, I felt. So all in all, it was fine.

Q. You've been coming in a lot, which happened last couple years. Looks like you're much more comfortable at net than you were, say, a decade ago?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, definitely, because I don't like practicing my volley. I never did. Of course, you don't want to come to the net if you don't. Practicing volleys is kind of boring.

So last time in the off‑season, the first thing I did is I practiced volleys, no excuses. So now I come in more because feel like volleying because I practiced it. I definitely will be at the net a lot more this year.

Q. Practicing against hard hitters all the time when you play. Against Camille, she has a soft serve. Must be hard to get used to that.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, definitely. Even for us, like when I'm warming Serena up, I'm trying to hit soft, it's hard because I don't know how to do that. I'm always saying, Softer, softer. And they are missing because they don't know how to hit the soft ball, which is a different kind of ball. If it's soft and low, then you have to adjust. And just because it's slower doesn't necessarily mean it's easier.

Q. She gave Sharapova a hard time last year. I don't know if you saw that match. Why does she give people a difficult time?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I think she'll challenge anyone that she plays. You definitely have to beat her. She brings the ball back no matter. You have to hit that winning shot. And she can pressure you into hitting it a little too close to the line.

Q. I don't know if you talked about this on Day 1, but can you talk about what happened towards the end of last year when you were forced to pull out of The Championships and you were get getting those dizzy spells. What did the doctors actually say?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I don't talk about that very much. I try to let it be the past.

Q. But is it something that is going to continue to affect you, or was it just a one off or...

VENUS WILLIAMS: I hope to God not.

Q. You don't want to say directly? Because there was some reports out there that it might have been anemia.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, I don't really like to talk about it, to be honest. I just ‑‑ yeah, that's all I have to say.

Q. Venus, I'm doing a little feature on Mark Hlawaty. Can you express a couple of words on what he means and how he fits in?

VENUS WILLIAMS: He's great. We're all jokesters. We all laugh and joke. We all, you know, make fun of ourselves. So he fits right in. He works extremely hard. I think he really cares about Serena and I. I think he loves tennis. And right now he has, like, really great hair. So Serena and I were both very upset. It was funny, because as soon as I got here to Melbourne, I was like, Your hair is great; I hate it. Serena said, I said the same thing. It's funny. We have a lot of fun with him.

Q. What's making his hair great?

VENUS WILLIAMS: We don't know why it's happened. He let it grow out. He said it grew like that. We said, Are you serious? It's not fair. It's the perfect color, the perfect cut. This can't be right. But, you know, it's good fun.

Q. Fashion things aside, he's pretty handy as a hitting partner, as well. How important is he to you girls?

VENUS WILLIAMS: He's great. He brings a lot of balls back. He can adjust his game, depending on who we're playing. And he really is, you know, on our side. No matter I think who he is with, I think he works hard for.

Q. Venus, I saw your sister's blog yesterday and she said she read 'Who Moved My Cheese'. Do you read books like that or did she try to get you to read it?

VENUS WILLIAMS: I read that book. My dad told me to read it. And I think he told her to read it, too. And I read it like around '05 Wimbledon, and I was, like, praying for some inspiration. So then I read the book. And I was, like, Okay, God answered my prayers.

Whatever you can be inspired from, I feel I can learn from anything. I haven't read it in a couple years. She keeps quoting it.

Q. There aren't too many big hard court titles that have eluded you in your career, if any. Do you bring that kind of awareness into a tournament like this?

VENUS WILLIAMS: A little bit. Maybe a little bit, especially since I didn't get to play last year. So definitely a little bit. But, I mean, I definitely have the ability to win. That's the good part. So I feel positive in that way.

Q. How do you feel about television commentators making comments about your rear‑end? I mean, not in a negative way.

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, I think Serena is the Williams sisters that is famous for her derrière. She makes all kinds of songs, Kanye West and Snoop Dog, all kinds of things. She's renowned. So I guess I'm getting a one‑up on her, maybe. (laughter.)

Q. You have a doubles match coming up in a little while. How important is that in the scheme of things? Are you trying to win in the doubles?

VENUS WILLIAMS: We're very serious about the doubles. We love doubles. Recent years we haven't been lucky, so we're like, Okay, let's get through the singles. But we love playing with each other. Nothing like playing with Serena. It's like playing with myself. So it's amazing.

And we love winning the titles. I mean, when we were playing doubles, we were racking them up. Grand Slam titles are wonderful things to have. We hope we get to play more. We definitely are going to try to play a lot this year.

Q. When you came on the circuit a decade ago, you were only surrounded by your family, your sister. You didn't have too many friends in the circuit. How this has changed in the last 10 years? Do you have other people you like to see outside of the tennis court, even if they are tennis players, or you never see them?

VENUS WILLIAMS: It's a little bit hard. No one lives where I live, so in that way it's a little bit challenging because everyone goes home after the tennis, you know.

So I'm definitely friendly with a lot of girls, but it's not like we live in the same area, and that makes it challenging.

Q. In the locker rooms, they're more friendly or let's say people you have lunch together here if you have a chance or not?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Yeah, definitely. The girls are really nice. Everyone's nice. I haven't met one, you know, person that was mean or that, you know, totally gave me the evil eye or something.

Everybody's, you know, happy in the locker room. I mean, you lose, not so happy, but everyone gets along.
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Venus Williams survives slugfest with Mirza



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MELBOURNE - American eighth seed Venus Williams bludgeoned her way to victory in a slugfest with India's Sania Mirza to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open Saturday.

Williams went behind in the first set but blasted her way back to a 7-6 (7-0), 6-4 win over the 31st seed.

The Wimbledon champion said before the match that she expected an aggressive display from Mirza and the Indian delivered, looking like she was trying to belt the fuzz off every ball that came her way.

"She was definitely trying to dictate terms, so I just stuck with playing my game and didn't change it," Williams said.

But Williams said she always felt in control, even though Mirza went for broke and forced her onto the back foot early.

"I felt comfortable throughout the whole match," she said.

"I think ultimately I had a little more than her and it helped me in the end. I'm definitely serving very well."

Mirza worked hard to attack Williams and was rewarded with a break in the fifth game, when she went to the net and left Williams stranded at the baseline with a tightly-angled forehand return.

The 21-year-old held serve in the next two games to put the pressure on Williams at 5-3, coming within two points of taking the set but the six-time Grand Slam champion held on.

Staring down the barrel, Williams lifted her intensity to break back, then blasted two aces in the next game to go up 6-5.

Mirza saved two set points to take Williams to a tiebreak but the American proved two strong, holding her opponent scoreless to take the set after 50 minutes.

But Williams still struggled to seize the momentum and the second set went to serve as the pair tried to pound each other into submission with their power hitting.

The 27-year-old veteran finally pulled clear when she broke Mirza to go up 4-3, going on to serve out the set and claim victory with two aces in the final game.

Overall, Williams was happy with her game heading into the final week of the tournament, the only Grand Slam to elude her.

She was unconcerned about the possibility of playing Serbian fourth seed Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals, who she defeated at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but has been one of the form players at Melbourne Park.

"I'm ready," she said when asked about meeting the world number three again.

Williams must beat either Chinese 24th seed Li Na or Polish qualifier Marta Domachowska to make the quarters.

Williams reached the Australian Open final in 2003 and the semis in 2001.

She pulled out with a wrist injury last year, was sent packing in the first round in 2006, and failed to get beyond the fourth round in 2004 and 2005.

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Venus joins Serena in Bangalore Open


BANGALORE, India (AFP) - Six-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will take part in the 600,000-dollar WTA Bangalore Open here next month, joining sister Serena in the draw, organisers announced on Monday.

The 27-year-old American, who lost in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, will compete for the title at India's richest tennis tournament from March 3-9, but local favourite Sania Mirza will not be on hand.

"I can confirm that the Bangalore Open will have both the (Williams) sisters playing," organiser Sunder Raju told reporters here.

"I don't know why Sania has not entered," he said.

Mirza has been hampered by a leg injury since her defeat to Venus Williams at the Australian Open.

Austria's Sybille Bammer, ranked 19th in the world, also confirmed her participation, Raju said.

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USTA Commemorates Black History Month

By Tennis Week , February 06, 2008


Serena Williams is pursuing her interest in producing a film about ground-breaking African American champion Althea Gibson, who broke the color barrier when she entered the U.S. Championships in 1950, becoming the first African-American to be allowed to enter — forever changing the sport.

The link between past pioneers and present-day champions is evident in the USTA's commemoration of Black History Month this month.

USTA.com has compiled some breakthrough moments in the evolution of African American tennis, including features on Gibson and Arthur Ashe, articles on Venus Williams and Serena Williams' major title triumphs, an interview with James Blake conducted at last month's Australian Open and U.S. Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison's blog from last weekend's Fed Cup quarterfinal in La Jolla, California.

To view the USTA's Black History Month content, please visit this www.USTA.com link.

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Venus and Serena Williams Nominated for 2008 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards



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Venus and Serena Williams have been nominated for the Best Female Athlete honor in Nickelodeon’s 21st Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, March 29 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

Cheryl Ford and Danica Patrick were also nominated in the female athlete category.

Kids will be able to cast their vote online at http://www.nick.com/kca beginning Monday, March 3 in a total of 18 categories. Kids also will be able to vote via the Nick mobile website (wap.nick.com).

The U.S. Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards show is seen in more than 205 million households across Nickelodeon’s 34 channels in the U.K., Europe, Russia, Israel, Asia, Australia, Latin America and Brazil.

Since premiering the first KCAs in the US in 1987, Nickelodeon has launched eight fully localized versions around the globe starting with Meus Premios Brasil in 2000 and Mis Premios Nick Mexico in 2003. Annual events now also take place in Sweden, Holland, Italy, China and Australia.

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