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All this talk about Venus and Serena and what they are doing. Personally I think that they represent an athelte to the fullest. A tennis player has the most demanding schedule in my opinoin to any other sport. And why is this? Well b/c the tour is so demanding. But you have Serena and Venus Williams who basically do things just the opposite of how people and the tour want things done. They honestly need to stop being worried about. Im so over it right now that Im more exicted about what Moive Premier or Fashion Gig etc they are gonna be at than a tennis court. They have a life people. And it just so happens that instead of getting to only live it maybe 2 weeks ere now and then they'd rather enjoy it more than the "other players". They will be back. And if yall know the sisters like u think you (especially serena) they will come back banging. Especially when it comes to Serena's body. I can be the first to say that serena has let it slip some....but you all overxaggerate things. This is how I feel when it comes to Serena. If she ends up like her mom, then we must worry. Venus is built like Richard...no worries....Serena is built like Oracene.....i know i need not explain that.

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You see to a lot of people here this concept of having a life is pretty hard to grasp because they dont happen to have one. Hence all the whining

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while i don't disagree with the sentiment that they deserve a life - i think you're a bit over the top because the reality is that neither Venus or Serena have played a particularly demanding schedule for a number of years and plenty of athletes have to do a lot more work to get results in different sports.

I think they'll probably get motivated again but I also thought Kournikova would and look what happened there. And no i'm noy comparing their tennis ability but if i'm honest i do think they need to make some kind of sign relatively soon they are commiting themselves to their tennis if , and i emphasise IF that's what they want to achieve the kind of results most know they are capable of. I'm not saying they are not interested i just want to see more fire.

I think women's tennis credibility could be in a little bit of trouble in the years to come if it's top stars start taking such a casual approach to the sport.
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While I do agree that the Williams sisters are great and it's nice that they do things outside of tennis and everything else, in their current state they do not whatsoever "represent an athlete to the fullest." True athletes, to me, are those who do everything they can to excel at their sport. Serena, specifically, at this point, isn't. Something like the Serena of 2002, however, really represents an amazing athlete to me. She was in supreme physical shape, something needed very much in tennis, and she was basically light years ahead of anyone else on the tour.
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I agree...all tennis players deserve lives off the courts. Its a hard balancing act for some people though. Priorities will prevail in the end. I hope that tennis will become a priority for the Williams at some point again in there lives.
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while i don't disagree with the sentiment that they deserve a life - i think you're a bit over the top because they reality is that neither Venus or Serena has played a particularly demanding schedule for a number of years and their are plenty of athletes have to do a lot more work to get results in different sports.

I think they'll probably get motivated again but I also thought Kournikova would and look what happened there. And no i'm comparing their tennis ability but if i'm honest i do think they need to make some kind of sign relatively soon they are commiting themselves to their tennis if, and i emphasise IF that's what they want to achieve the kind of results most know they are capable of.

I think women's tennis credibility could be in a little bit of trouble in the years to come if it's top stars start taking such a casual approach to the sport.

But I thought the sentiment was that when they were winning it was bad for the sport. You would think that people would be happy that other people are getting the opportunity to shine. I personally enjoy seeing them play but they should know what is best for them.
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I think Venus and Serena are sick of playing tennis.


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So you're happy if they are not playing?

What if they both come back from injury and start playing a complete schedule. Will you be complaining that they play too much and should be off having a life?

If these players are your favorites, don't you want to see them actually playing? When Martina was retired, I really couldn't care less about what she was doing off the court, I just wanted to hear about whether she was coming back or not.
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I kind of used to really get annoyed by them having lives that took away from tennis, but it doesn't seem to bother me now. I think the more I mature, the more I realize that one must do what's right for themselves and not others that want them to do other things. The sisters have earned the right to do what they want with their lives and more power to them. As I said, I respect Venus for continuing and finishing up her education. Serena is the best player of her generation and in my mind can do whatever she wants to do with her time. It is their lives, not yours folks.

Most of the girls on tour have NO lives outside of tennis. They don't know how to interact with ppl outside of tennis and are really screwed in the long run. Once tennis is over, they often won't know what to do with their time. That won't happen to Venus or Serena. After tennis, both girls will be either a full-time fashion designer/actress or an owner of an interior design firm. That's a lot to keep up with on its own and it will keep Venus and Serena very busy.

If I was 24 or 25 and had been playing tennis at the highest level my whole life, I think I would want to see what life still has more me in other realms. Tennis would become boring and monotonous. A little variation in the daily plan would make me enjoy my time on the court a little more as I got older. Venus and Serena will be back sooner or later winning again, I'm SURE of that. They will do things their own way though. Not the way that everyone else wants them to do it.
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I think that fans have a right to be upset that they haven't played. The game suffers without them in top form both from a quality standpoint and a marketing standpoint. I know that most supporters will always believe their injuries and believe that they have no obligation to the tour but I can't honestly sit here and say that I've been happy with their commitment to the game the past year or so. Having said that, however, I know just as little about the truth of their lack of activity as the next person so anyone's opinion could be right.

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Wouldn't representing an athlete to it's fullest mean being happy off court and having good results simultaneously?
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i think its great that they have lives outside of tennis, and i think more and more players realise now that there is life away from tennis. i dont think that their lives away from tennis 'distract' them, if they wanted to play every week and rack up the titles like clijsters then they would.

yes i want to see them play, but i want to see them both fit and healthy first. watching serena and venus play poorly or injured is worse then not seeing them play at all.
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well that's funny, every other player has a life too, go figure!

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I kind of used to really get annoyed by them having lives that took away from tennis, but it doesn't seem to bother me now. I think the more I mature, the more I realize that one must do what's right for themselves and not others that want them to do other things. The sisters have earned the right to do what they want with their lives and more power to them. As I said, I respect Venus for continuing and finishing up her education. Serena is the best player of her generation and in my mind can do whatever she wants to do with her time. It is their lives, not yours folks.

Most of the girls on tour have NO lives outside of tennis. They don't know how to interact with ppl outside of tennis and are really screwed in the long run. Once tennis is over, they often won't know what to do with their time. That won't happen to Venus or Serena. After tennis, both girls will be either a full-time fashion designer/actress or an owner of an interior design firm. That's a lot to keep up with on its own and it will keep Venus and Serena very busy.

If I was 24 or 25 and had been playing tennis at the highest level my whole life, I think I would want to see what life still has more me in other realms. Tennis would become boring and monotonous. A little variation in the daily plan would make me enjoy my time on the court a little more as I got older. Venus and Serena will be back sooner or later winning again, I'm SURE of that. They will do things their own way though. Not the way that everyone else wants them to do it.

How the hell do you know what the other girls know or don't know. And what do you know about their lives?

Just because they don't want to be in the public eye doesn't mean they don't have outside interests. They all do.

Serena and Venus just love the spotlight.

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