Former world number one Venus Williams recently visited Compton Park, now known as East Rancho Dominguez Park in California, where she and her sister Serena Williams started playing tennis. The two were introduced to the sport by their father, Richard Williams, when they were four and five years old respectively.
Venus Williams posted a video on her YouTube channel on Friday in which she could be seen visiting her first tennis academy alongside her older sister, Isha Price. The two explored the Compton Park courts, and Venus became very emotional as she reminisced about her childhood memories.
“It’s the first time I’ve been to the court where I grew up in years and it was really emotional. I’ve been here before with groups of people, but this time alone, it definitely made me think. …I mean, you can always come home but the feeling is, it’s intense. That’s when the swing started,” Venus said in the video.
Venus and Serena Williams played most tennis growing up in Compton Park before moving to Rick Macci’s Delray Beach Tennis Academy in Florida in 1991. The two visited Compton together in 2016, when they were praised by the management, which has dedicated two tennis courts to them. in their honor.
Besides her visit to Compton Park, Venus also showed viewers her tiny house, where she lived with her parents and four other sisters. The seven-time Grand Slam winner also visited her school, Mark Twain Elementary School, and interacted with the students.
Venus Williams has not played professional tennis since August 2021
Williams was last seen on court at the Chicago Women’s Open, which took place in August last year. The 41-year-old suffered a first-round exit at the hands of Hsieh Su-wei.
The American then suffered a leg injury which ruled her out for the remainder of the 2021 season. Interestingly, she won only one match last year despite seven tournaments.
Currently ranked 466, Williams’ return date is uncertain at this time.
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