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Tennis Not a Top Priority For Williams Sisters

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Tennis Not a Top Priority For Williams Sisters

By Tom Kosinski
Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

Right here in this very column back in the end of September, I told you all that Venus and Serena Williams had hung it up for the year. I also told you they may have hung it up for their careers. Well, part one came true, so I wonder...
In reality, the "Sistas" will be back, at least for next year, and probably in time for the Australian Open. They won't be coming back because they really want to, or because they have a huge passion for the game of tennis. No, its purely for the money. Not the money from winning tournaments, but the endorsements and access they gain by being the best and most marketable women on the tour.

Now that Serena has her Aneres clothing line (it's Serena spelled backwards, if you didn't already get it) and Venus has been seen on the runway modeling clothing inspired by her ideas, it's clear that the Williams' time on the tour is very quickly coming to an end.

Since neither of them is yet the greatest of the great and neither has achieved the ultimate in tennis greatness, the Grand Slam, they need to stay in the game. While they both may be very talented off the court, its their on court reputation that keeps them in the public eye and keeps those endorsement bucks rolling in. Without those dollars, there would not be any Aneres, and clearly there wouldn't already be a Venus Williams interior design company.

Watching both Venus, with her "torn stomach muscle," and Serena, immediately after her "knee surgery" strutting athletically on stiletto heels down the MTV Video Music Awards runway, it was clear that neither of them were really hurt. And it is not even clear, at least to me, that Serena even had any surgery, and that neither of them has been too heartbroken over the loss of their older sister Yetunde Price.

For some reason, they are bored, or they just don't care about the game that has brought them the attention, fame, and wealth they currently have. Heck, even Anna Kournikova has made appearances at or near the tennis court for several tournaments and WTA events, even though she is injured and cannot play. Anna K. is the most famous woman on the planet. If she can make time for the game of tennis, certainly the sister's Williams can, too.

I'm bothered by the Williams' lack of respect for you, the fan. I'm mad that neither cared enough to really try and heal in time for the year-ending WTA Championships. I'm clearly not interested in hearing anything from them or outsider dad Richard, especially when it comes to tennis.

Venus and Serena love the off-court limelight too much. Unfortunately, this "rock and roll" limelight they crave is normally not reserved even for these two great talents. Until they understand this, then they will continue to disappoint all of us.

If you didn't know, the WTA Tour season-ending Championships played themselves out this past week, to little fanfare and very sporadic coverage by ESPN. Based on the simple fact that it was carried on ESPN2 and that the hours of live broadcast from the Staples Center are poor for any viewing audience with the exception of in the L.A. area, it is clear to see why most of you didn't even know it happened. Based on the live audience reported by the WTA, it's clear that, at least in La-La Land, no one cares about tennis anyway.

Before I go, I have a quick message for Larry Scott, CEO of the WTA Tour, and the man who got my job. Three simple words: New York City. The Staples Center is so desolate, even during the semis and finals, that it makes the entire championship tournament seem like its played in a morgue. You need excitement. You need an audience. You need NYC. Plain and simple. Oh yeah, and having the Williams Sisters in the mix wouldn't hurt, either...
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Ooh, the responses to this one should be fun and very predictable...

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To pre-empt the (understandably) indignant replies this will get: he has some good points, but suggesting that they aren't too upset over the death of their older sister is clearly dumb. Interesting inverted commas around those injuries, too.

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This is a very stupid article...just in my opinion, but he's entitled to his.

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Is it a bit of a wind-up though, on second thought? That sentence "I'm clearly not interested in hearing anything from them or outsider dad Richard" sounds a little too much like a satirical jab at the Williams depreciators to me.

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No the funny thing is that the same people who complained about them being boring for tennis, they win too much, this and that, are the same people who are questioning their motivation and dedication to the game.

Thatīs the funny part. This is nothing new...the sisters have never played a full schedule, not even when they were healthy. They come, play the tournaments they wanna win: 4 GSīs, summer events and Nasdaq, win them, and then leave the rest for the common players.

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Haha, that is funny! Especially the part about them not supporting tennis as much as Anna K.
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No the funny thing is that the same people who complained about them being boring for tennis, they win too much, this and that, are the same people who are questioning their motivation and dedication to the game.

Thatīs the funny part. This is nothing new...the sisters have never played a full schedule, not even when they were healthy. They come, play the tournaments they wanna win: 4 GSīs, summer events and Nasdaq, win them, and then leave the rest for the common players.
Ummm, Serena has been the only Williams sister winning anything of late. Venus has remained Slam-less in over 2 years. Why do people keep talking about Serena and Venus as if they were one person?
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I'm bothered by the Williams' lack of respect for you,
Yeah, yeah, don't do me any favors.

If this person were a poster, he's be on my "poo-stirring troll" list.

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i'm wondering about this article.....i thought Serena got dissed by numerous posters cuz she was wearing PUMAS at the MTV awards....

i got as far as there and just ed
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Ummm, Serena has been the only Williams sister winning anything of late. Venus has remained Slam-less in over 2 years. Why do people keep talking about Serena and Venus as if they were one person?
Thatīs true, but it still was Williams-Williams for a long time in the slams....but youīre right. Serenaīs the dominating force right now and not Venus.

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I can't believe that guy said that V&S were not that upset about their sister's death. What a cold hearted brut. He's also claiming that Serena lied and did not have her knee operated on. what is his problem. Why don't he talk about the aligations of jhh being on steriods. These people can't find anyone else in tennis to talk about? They act as though V&S are the only tennis players. I guess they are the only ones worth talking about.
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Say no more, space. Do u think anyone wanna write anything about Justine and Kim?! No, itīs all about the Williams all the time, even if they havenīt played in nearly six months now.

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Venus does not like the limelight so this guy clearly does not know what he is talking about.
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This guy must be one of those traumatized people who didn't get their money back at IW ... some few years ago!

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