By L. Jon Wertheim
Venus. Serena. Anna. Martina. Lindsay. Jennifer.
Here are the tales at the back of their tales: the tragic Garbo-like celebrity who's afraid to head outdoor; the teen who attempts to deal with the strain of the large time in addition to an abusive father; the bright #1 who performs out her adolescent tantrums at the public degree; the coquette who introduced 1000 web pages; and a little-understood African-American family members who proved that they can play by way of their very own principles and nonetheless win the sport -- let alone the endorsements.
In Venus Envy, Sports Illustrated investigative reporter and tennis columnist L. Jon Wertheim covers the most important tale in activities in 2000: Venus Williams. Sidelined for a number of months through accidents to either her wrists and her psyche, she stormed again to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and Olympic gold medals. by the point Venus signed the largest endorsement deal ever for a feminine athlete, her rivals' sentiments can be defined in precisely phrases: Venus Envy.
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Playing on a team in college for four years, she learned to compartmentalize her emotions. In the locker room, she congratulated Pratt again and wished her luck in her next match. When Pratt asked where she was off to next, Webb ﬂashed an expansive smile.
To Europe ﬁfty times in an eighteen-month period. “I was like ‘Wow, what a great guy,’ ” Shriver recalls thinking. ” After dinner, Shapiro drove Shriver back to the La Costa Spa and Resort. ” Early into their courtship, he warned Pam that there was a serious drawback to starting a relationship with him. Two years prior he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins’ lymphoma, a type of cancer affecting the immune system. It was in remission, but Shriver’s stomach dropped. She was already all too ﬂuent in cancer-speak.
You learn to recover from loss and you learn how to be resilient. I had losses on the court that were so devastating I’d go back to my room and sob inconsolably. ” Her therapy has helped her to make some sense of the tragedy. For better or worse, her perspective on life has forever changed. So in Melbourne, when Shriver heard that Alexandra Stevenson wasn’t speaking to her because, as Stevenson had been complaining to other players, “Pam trashed my game on television,” Shriver could only shrug.