Venus Williams

Coached from a young age by her father, Venus Williams went on to embody the competitive spirit whenever she stepped foot on a tennis court. As one of the most recognized and highest paid tennis players in the world ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1980 in Lynwood, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Nine For IX 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Venus & Serena 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Venus Vs. 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Conan 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 2009 ESPY Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Props 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Fashion Rocks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Venus & Serena: For Real 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 4th Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Venus and Serena Williams 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2002 ESPY Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Fake ID Club 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Biography

Coached from a young age by her father, Venus Williams went on to embody the competitive spirit whenever she stepped foot on a tennis court. As one of the most recognized and highest paid tennis players in the world, Williams at her peak continually set and broke records, making her mark in a sport historically dominated by male athletes. Along with her equally powerful sister Serena Williams - whom she often battled on the court - she won several Grand Slam tournaments and won gold at the Olympic Summer Games. Success followed Williams outside of the tennis arena; she launched a clothing line, wrote a book with her sister, and took co-ownership of the professional football team the Miami Dolphins. Yet, it was her contributions to the sport itself - tirelessly advocating for equal pay for female tennis players - that also established Williams as a trailblazer and role model for millions all over the world.

Relationships

Serena Williams Actor

Sister
Born Sept. 26, 1981 With sister, won gold at Summer Olympic Games in women's doubles (2000, 2008, 2012)

Milestones

2016

Made history with her 71st Grand Slam appearance at Wimbledon, tying Amy Frazier for the most ever

2013

Made a resurgence into the Top 10 in the world after suffering a back injury the previous year

2012

Won fifth Wimbledon women's doubles title with Serena

2009

Became part owner of professional football team Miami Dolphins alongside her sister and other celebrities including Gloria Estefan, Mark Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez

2007

Launched own clothing and footwear line called EleVen for national retailer Steve & Barry’s

2007

Became first woman to receive same amount of prize money at Wimbledon finals as men's singles winner (Roger Federer)

2005

Co-authored Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning with sister

2001

Voiced herself on episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)

2000

Won three of four Grand Slam tournaments – Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and Australian Open

2000

Won gold medal at Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia; also won gold along with Serena in women's doubles

1997

Played her first Grand Slam tournament at French Open; reached second round

1994

Made professional tennis debut at Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, CA; lost match to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

1990

With sister Serena, trained with coach Rick Macci at his West Palm Beach, FL tennis academy

Began playing tennis while growing up in Compton, CA

Bonus Trivia

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In 2010, Williams dropped out of the U.S. Open after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an incurable immune system disease.

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