Serena Williams discusses race in tennis and what made her excel


Serena Williams now has a place in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in a new show celebrating successful African-Americans from various fields. “The Black List” opens Friday and features 50 photographs from Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ project that also featured a 2008 HBO film.

Here is a clip from the movie, where Williams talks about how awkward she often feels in the tennis world where most people around her are white (especially when she travels to Russia) and also explains how her dedicated family helped her cross all the boundaries and financial shortages to become the legend that she is now. About her tennis game, Serena mentions how she’s frustrated by the fact that people always point out only the power of her game and fail to acknowledge the strategy and mental part. (via Beyond the Baseline)


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