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soomaal
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Wimbledon is always in fashion for Venus Williams

Wow ... it has been a quick 12 months since I was here last! So much has happened. Let's see, I graduated from Fashion Design School, launched my own clothing line, bought a new dog (Harold ... he's very cool), went to India for the first time and so much more. Sometimes the weeks seem like a blur until all of a sudden you have these moments in time where everything pauses.

Coming to Wimbledon is one of those times for me. I think it happens once my bags are packed and I am on my way to the airport. Everything slows down and I realise that I am going to a place that I've dreamt about as long as I can remember. This sensation really hasn't changed much over the years.

I'm sure part of the intrigue has to do with the uniqueness of the All England Club and how the history of our game has been preserved here. The positive feelings have also increased over the years as Wimbledon has become the home of so many fantastic memories for me and my family.

My preparation in the weeks preceding Wimbledon has not varied much in recent years. I have taken the weeks off after the French Open to spend time at home in Florida. The objective has remained the same - rest my mind and body and fine-tune my game. The ultimate goal is, of course, to ensure that I am well prepared for Wimbledon as well as for a competitive summer season that follows. I have learnt that being prepared often-times means balance.

Training is important ... but I also use this time to rest and rehab any problem areas, spend quality time with friends and family, catch up on reading, work on design sketches, check in on some of my business projects, get up to speed on the new gossip and then, before you know it, dive head-first into one of the busiest times of the year that includes Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open and soon thereafter the season-ending championships.

Balance for me means not too many social or business commitments and resisting the temptation to play too many tournaments. Essentially, getting myself to a point where I am well prepared to compete at the highest level during the most critical time. Balance sometimes means I have to turn down things that I would otherwise love to do, like fun trips, great social events and other opportunities. But finding balance also means that I make time to do things that interest me and keep my mind active.

So - what exactly have I been doing the last few weeks? Practice and workouts five or six days per week with my dad, hitting partner and often-times Serena. A few nice dinners with friends where we talk about life, always some good scoop and always laughs. I walked by my bookshelf the other day and saw a book that I had been promising myself I would read for years, Sphere by Michael Crichton. I finally opened it and it is an amazing suspense thriller that takes place mainly in the ocean. I mean I really haven't been able to put it down ... don't worry, I won't spoil the plot! I also caught up on my magazine reading and the fashion trades. I like reading about the current fashion trends.

Recently, I have been following designers like Blumarine (they have great prints); Pinko is a great European brand that has recently come out with some really fun collections; Ralph Lauren is a master of classics with a modern twist.

Watching the overall trends in the fashion industry provides insights for me as I continue to develop my own clothing line, EleVen by Venus Williams. At some point during my off weeks I make sure to spend time trading ideas with the EleVen design team and reviewing the latest updates. Just last week the design team came to visit me in Florida and showed me concepts for spring 2009.

The design process makes my mind spin and I really enjoy trading new ideas and creating a direction that will excite our customers. In a nutshell, EleVen targets active women who want to look great in all parts of their active lifestyles - whether they are at the gym, market or dinner. Evolving this strategy is a thrill and an extremely enjoyable part of my life.

Before heading off to London, Serena and I shot a commercial for one of our new sponsors that will begin running at the end of this summer. We did the commercial with two American football stars and it is VERY funny.

Now that I have arrived in London, I am announcing a new photography book project today. The book merges two of my favourite topics - tennis and fashion. The concept was developed with acclaimed fashion photographer Koto Bolofo, who travelled with me throughout 2005. It is a collection of photos that capture on-court images at tournaments (including an insider's look at my 2005 Wimbledon victory) and off-court photos that capture artistic/fashion-oriented themes and relevant cultural experiences.

There is a Susan Lenglen-inspired fashion shoot in Forest Hills, in Paris we did a surrealistic shoot inspired by Josephine Baker, in London we did a shoot in a home that quickly reminds you of The Great Gatsby, we did a Seventies-themed shoot in Harlem, Koto joined me on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, where the tournament organisers arranged for me to play across a net that divided the European and Asian parts of Istanbul. Since Koto had many of these great ideas, I feel like I'm allowed to say how much I really love this project.

Of course my life is not all fun and fashion. While these activities are a nice “escape”, the responsibilities of my “day job” are not ever too far away. Beyond preparing to defend my Wimbledon title, my Wimbledon commitments include supporting the All England Club and WTA by participating in important press events and other obligations.

This evening I will attend an event to promote the launch of a new WTA marketing campaign which will be hosted by Sir Richard Branson. Tomorrow, it's more practice and then a media round-table with the international press for the Wimbledon defending champion. On Saturday more practice and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour player meetings. On Sunday a press conference attended by the defending champion and, of course, more practice. Sunday afternoon and Monday will be more practice and rest and Tuesday at 1pm it is show time!

Venus Williams will be writing for Times Sport during Wimbledon. See her blog at elevenbyvenus.com

young_gunner913
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:33 AM
Venus :hearts:

Cant wait to read her blogs to the title. :)

doni1212
Jun 19th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Go Vee!! Such a great blog! She is so intelligent and expresses herself well on paper. Good luck at Wimbledon!!!

hacberto
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Great Venus my baby I wish you Good Luck at Wimbledon !!!!
Come on Baby

Marshmallow
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:49 AM
I read all of it :woohoo: That's rare!

She has a really busy schedule and a really full life, Kudos to her for keeping up.

It was interesting how she referred to this time as the critical period, maybe it's just me but I was thinking, well no surprise she doesn't do that well during the start of the year because of a possible lack of balance. But tha's just my preliminarly probably flawwed thinking.

It's also GREAT that you get a sense of jst how important Wimbledon is to Venus, and guess what she has 4 title there!!! She's done really good. AO, FO who cares, Wimbledon all the way!!! :bounce: Get another couple or so Venus!

Lastly, THANK YOU SOOMAAL!!! :hug:

pov
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:55 AM
Venus Williams will be writing for Times Sport during Wimbledon. See her blog at elevenbyvenus.com
Nice. :yeah:

V-MAC
Jun 19th, 2008, 01:58 AM
gahh, Vee left out the most important information that we are all dying to know...........................whether she has a new weave or not for Wimbledon :p


Seriously, great read. I'll look forward to reading more :bounce:

Marshmallow
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:05 AM
gahh, Vee left out the most important information that we are all dying to know...........................whether she has a new weave or not for Wimbledon :p


Seriously, great read. I'll look forward to reading more :bounce:

:lol: Yeeeeeesss! I'm hoping she put her 3 weeks off to good use and actually decided to visit her hair dresser/stylist.

We don't know about the outfit either! :speakles:

doni1212
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:07 AM
I wonder who the two American football athletes were that they did the commercial with, :drool:

Il Primo!
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:08 AM
gahh, Vee left out the most important information that we are all dying to know...........................whether she has a new weave or not for Wimbledon :p


Seriously, great read. I'll look forward to reading more :bounce:

I'm glad the most important thing of all is not left out :lol:

Venus Williams, win that thing (or let Maria do so :angel: )

tonybotz
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:14 AM
Venus is such an impressive human being.

soomaal
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:15 AM
I read all of it :woohoo: That's rare!

She has a really busy schedule and a really full life, Kudos to her for keeping up.

It was interesting how she referred to this time as the critical period, maybe it's just me but I was thinking, well no surprise she doesn't do that well during the start of the year because of a possible lack of balance. But tha's just my preliminarly probably flawwed thinking.

It's also GREAT that you get a sense of jst how important Wimbledon is to Venus, and guess what she has 4 title there!!! She's done really good. AO, FO who cares, Wimbledon all the way!!! :bounce: Get another couple or so Venus!

Lastly, THANK YOU SOOMAAL!!! :hug:

Missed you Marshmallow and your waters :lol:
Just been really busy but will be back on Vee's board soon!

Chance
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:20 AM
Interesting read. Smart businesswoman.

Infiniti2001
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:23 AM
What an awesome read!!! :worship: Wuv you Vee :kiss: Good luck in defending your title :rocker2:

Infiniti2001
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:27 AM
gahh, Vee left out the most important information that we are all dying to know...........................whether she has a new weave or not for Wimbledon :p


Seriously, great read. I'll look forward to reading more :bounce:

After seeing this pic http://www.dlisted.com/node/26660/images/naomihair12.jpg of Naomi's hair today, I'm more convinced that black women need to leave weave the hell alone :tape:Wear a wig instead dammit :help:

Marshmallow
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:30 AM
Missed you Marshmallow and your waters :lol:
Just been really busy but will be back on Vee's board soon!

:wavey: Look forward to seeing you.

PS I've added Chakras to my intuitive instruments, and my Chakras have been Vibrating thunderously to the idea of Wimbledon success. :bounce: :lol:

Marshmallow
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:32 AM
After seeing this pic http://www.dlisted.com/node/26660/images/naomihair12.jpg of Naomi's hair today, I'm more convinced that black women need to leave weave the hell alone :tape:Wear a wig instead dammit :help:

Good lawd :eek: She looks BALD underneathe! It's like out of that movie 'Witches'.

Wigs or Naturale :yeah:

Infiniti2001
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:35 AM
Good lawd :eek: She looks BALD underneathe! It's like out of that movie 'Witches'.

Wigs or Naturale :yeah:

Left for me alone, natural would be the only choice, but I'm okay with those who favor wigs :shrug:

Il Primo!
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:50 AM
Good lawd :eek: She looks BALD underneathe! It's like out of that movie 'Witches'.

Wigs or Naturale :yeah:

Natural is not even an option. Wig power :rocker:

Marshmallow
Jun 19th, 2008, 02:58 AM
Natural is not even an option. Wig power :rocker:

Why, I love the Natural look. I think there's something powerful in it / about it. But that's just me. :D

Infiniti2001
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:07 AM
Why, I love the Natural look. I think there's something powerful in it / about it. But that's just me. :D

Indeed! Don't wigs keep one's head hot? I've had my hair natural for the last 3 years and I'm enjoying it. Many here hated Vee's God given hair last year at Fed Cup, but I thought it was fabulous.

Marshmallow
Jun 19th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Indeed! Don't wigs keep one's head hot? I've had my hair natural for the last 3 years and I'm enjoying it. Many here hated Vee's God given hair last year at Fed Cup, but I thought it was fabulous.

I really loved it. I was disappointed she didn't keep it a bit after Fed cup. But at least I have those moments to treasure :lol:

winone23
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:31 AM
Love the blog really gave an insight into Venus' interesting life. Venus has really been busy. I wonder what new sponsor Venus and Serena got. Was anything announced??

kwilliams
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:50 AM
Great info from Venus. Good luck at Wimbledon!!!

spencercarlos
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:38 AM
Nice reading :bounce:

Dodoboy.
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:10 AM
Vee fans :haha:

Ya guys bring hair discussion everywhere you go :lol:

Nemo_Kool
Jun 19th, 2008, 09:56 AM
LOVES IT...getting all excited for 'showtime'!

Destiny
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:30 AM
Lovely read

read the whole thing :)

Come on Venus :woohoo:

frenchie
Jun 19th, 2008, 10:32 AM
It's always a pleasure to read Venus!
She's so articulate

I think she deserves the "most intelligent player on tour" award

Direwolf
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:10 PM
I read all of it :woohoo: That's rare!



I didnt know that it was that long till you pointed it out..

i thought that it was still short..!!!

lol:lol::lol:

I wonder who the two American football athletes were that they did the commercial with,
hopefully with tom brady:hearts::hearts:

Slutiana
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:18 PM
Nice reading :bounce:
:eek: You're going soft. :p


Go Vee. :D

Shuji Shuriken
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Venus :hearts: :sobbing: :hearts:. Such utter brilliance :worship:

xr6turbo
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Nice reading :bounce:
:lol: Give it up.

xr6turbo
Jun 19th, 2008, 04:53 PM
Meanwhile. Venus rocks. :yeah:

friendsita
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:04 PM
I love it!

tonythetiger
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:08 PM
Venus is an excellent writer. She expresses herself so well.

Go Venus!! Defend your title!

hankqq
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Nice to read a Venus blog, but I hope this doesn't distract her from doing well at Wimbledon. Nice to see her mention the YEC-this time she BETTER make it there damn it! She would have qualified last year if not for an injury...(why is she often injured in the fall anyway...sigh...)

She sounds so well-rounded, intelligent and balanced. Good for her and hope she does well at Wimbledon! :bounce::D

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:38 PM
Venus is such an articulate, strong-minded, brilliant writer and person. She is really turning out in an icon for women's tennis and I do strongly believe that when her career is over, we will still hear a lot about here.

Already pre-bought my Kolofo book :D

Infiniti2001
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:46 PM
Venus is such an articulate, strong-minded, brilliant writer and person. She is really turning out in an icon for women's tennis and I do strongly believe that when her career is over, we will still hear a lot about here.

Already pre-bought my Kolofo book :D

Isn't she? She is such an amazing women-- so bright and has so many
talents--- and she's a fluent, entertaining writer as well. The contrast between her blogs and others is unbelievable:eek:

DA FOREHAND
Jun 19th, 2008, 05:59 PM
reason number 14,789 why I love Venus Williams

ilovethewilliams
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:05 PM
I forgot Venus was defending Wimbledon Champion until last night was checking my DRV and went back to last years Wimbledon matches of her. Her blowing sharapova off the court was the highlight.

OsloErik
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:11 PM
They need to start having the older players (25+) do all the blogs. The younger players are so boring to read about. Great blog from Venus.

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 19th, 2008, 06:58 PM
Isn't she? She is such an amazing women-- so bright and has so many
talents--- and she's a fluent, entertaining writer as well. The contrast between her blogs and others is unbelievable:eek:

Indeed. Even though a big part is talking about fashion, its not done in a teenage-high-school-musical kind of way, as other players would do or already did.

Dodoboy.
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:03 PM
I bought The Times.

Just need to find time to read it!

Will be buying this newspaper every day :)

doni1212
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:26 PM
I didnt know that it was that long till you pointed it out..

i thought that it was still short..!!!

lol:lol::lol:


hopefully with tom brady:hearts::hearts:

Yeah, that would be a hot commercial with Tom Brady, :hearts:

I forgot Venus was defending Wimbledon Champion until last night was checking my DRV and went back to last years Wimbledon matches of her. Her blowing sharapova off the court was the highlight.

It saves that long?! :eek:

Direwolf
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:40 PM
She would have qualified last year if not for an injury...(why is she often injured in the fall anyway...sigh...)



oh
she DID qualify last year
but
had to pull out...

i think that she went to Madrid anyway to promote...
she should Blog for Wimble

williams fan
Jun 19th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Venus is one of the most smartest woman on the tour!

winone23
Jun 19th, 2008, 08:24 PM
I didnt know that it was that long till you pointed it out..

i thought that it was still short..!!!

lol:lol::lol:


hopefully with tom brady:hearts::hearts:

It may be Brady, but it might be the Manning brothers. Venus/Peyton vs. Serena/Eli

kiwifan
Jun 19th, 2008, 08:33 PM
It may be Brady, but it might be the Manning brothers. Venus/Peyton vs. Serena/Eli That would be the betting choice. ;)

After all the Manning Bros just recently qualified to be on the Williams Sisters' level when Eli won a Championship. :devil:

Tennisation
Jun 19th, 2008, 08:50 PM
ya'll need to leave her wig alone, she's already a hot mess as it is:lol:

pigam
Jun 19th, 2008, 09:54 PM
Indeed. Even though a big part is talking about fashion, its not done in a teenage-high-school-musical kind of way, as other players would do or already did.

true, but let's not forget that enus is, indeed, almost 10 years older than "a lot of these players".

Venus is an adult woman of the world...
She surely is quite intelligent, but her age also means a lot.
You can't expect players who're 16-20 to wrtie this kind of stuff...

winone23
Jun 19th, 2008, 09:57 PM
That would be the betting choice. ;)

After all the Manning Bros just recently qualified to be on the Williams Sisters' level when Eli won a Championship. :devil:

I know they are qualified, plus Serena was rooting for Eli to make that breakthrough.