She’s stormed ahead at the French Open, taken the Australian Open with contemptuous ease and now, she’s lending her talents to budding tennis players.
That’s right – World #1 Serena Williams, who has been playing professionally for an incredible 20 years now, recently agreed to reveal some of her training secrets as part of a series of educational videos for Masterclass.com.
The website specialises in offering video tutorials for those wishing to pursue a number of vocations from performing arts to photography. Other big names joining Williams include Dustin Hoffman, who will be providing acting tips, and Usher, who will guide budding entertainers on how to take to the stage.
For aspiring tennis stars however, the three-time Olympic gold medal winner is now starring in 10 hour-long video tutorials which will cover all the basic skills required for tennis from groundstrokes to serving. Those who are interested can sign up to the classes for a modest $90 – pretty good value for money considering she holds 19 Grand Slam Singles titles and boasts an impressive 128mph serve.
Having recently beaten fellow American Sloane Stevens to make her way through to the quarter finals of the French Open, it’s fair to say that Williams has had a lot on her plate recently. She made headlines in May when she decided to pull out of the Italian Open, citing an elbow injury. The 33-year-old told fans: “We have to make the right decisions for the future, not for now. You know I hate, hate quitting, and this isn’t quitting; it’s just making a good decision.”
Williams was keen to put all her focus into the French Open, and it’s evident that it’s paying off so far. Now, with a well-deserved rest between the Grand Slam at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, she will be keen to win her sixth Women’s Singles title when the event kicks off on June 29.
Having won the London-based event in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012, Williams is firm favourite with Coral to take home the title again this year, proving that she is just the right kind of talent to impart wisdom to budding tennis players.
With so many Grand Slam events to take on this summer, it’s a wonder she’s had time in her busy schedule to take part in the tutorials. It’s safe to say, however, today’s generation of tennis players will be eternally grateful.