Serena Williams Makes A Startling Confession: “I Don’t Love Tennis”
Serena Williams is starting off 2012 in the worst way possible: By pissing off her diehard fans.
The 30-year-old athlete began dominating the tennis industry in 1995 when she turned pro. Since winning her first Grand Slam title in 1999 at the U.S. Open, Venus’ little sister has gone on to win $35 million dollars in prize money and 13 Grand Slam singles titles. But, in spite of her success, the often controversial and outspoken player recently admitted that she kinda hates tennis—which led many to believe she was biting the hand that has fed her so generously all these years.
“I mean, I don’t love tennis today, but I’m here, and I can’t live without it… so I’m still here and I don’t want to go anywhere any time soon,” Serena said during a press conference in Brisbane, Australia recently. “It’s not that I’ve fallen out of love; I’ve actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete. I don’t like working out; I don’t like anything that has to do with working physically.”
Serena has experienced her share of ups and downs over the course of the last few years, including two foot surgeries, a pulmonary embolism that kept her off the court for several months, and, most recently, the star athlete was fined $2000 at the end of 2011 for an outburst against referee Brian Earley. Still, in light of her recent statements, many are wondering if Serena sounds a little ungrateful. But, more than likely, she’s just like many Americans and stuck in a high-paying, prominent, and demanding job that has somehow lost it’s luster.
“I just want to be able to do other things I am doing and expand on that—I think that will help keep my motivation up (in tennis),” Williams said. “I have always been preparing myself for life after tennis Anything that involves sitting down or shopping, I am excellent at that.”
Perhaps Serena can be a professional shopper next.