Since she burst onto the tennis scene winning her first US Open at age 17, Serena Williams has been an athletic force of nature.
She and her sister, Venus, have continued to dominate and reshape the sport for basically two decades. And in between her incredible championship wins and continuous athletic growth, she’s carved out a life that’s just as fascinating off the court.
In 2017, she earned a spot as the only female on Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes list. Now, at 36-years-old with a net worth of $27 million, her list of personal and professional accomplishments continues to grow at a profound rate and shows no signs of slowing down.
Studying her fascinating life up to this point is a lesson in discipline, resilience, and sheer creativity.
1She Started Young
Serena began playing tennis at only 3 years old. Her older sister, Venus, also began training early under the coaching of their father, Richard Williams.
The family would eventually move from Compton, Calif., to West Palm Beach, Fla., in order for both Williams sisters to train with Rick Macci.
Though they did learn a lot at Macci’s training academy, some tension between the coach and their father — especially concerning keeping balance in his daughter’s lives — meant that their dad would eventually take over their full-time coaching again when Serena was 10.