Tennis great Serena Williams is officially in her reflection era. She has secured two publishing deals to let it all out about her personal life. The deal is with Random House Publishing Group and it includes a memoir, which will take an “intimate” look at her childhood and remarkable tennis career, according to The Guardian.
According to a statement cited by the Associated Press, she will share her views on “overcoming scrutiny and attacks in a predominantly white and male-dominated sport, navigating devastating losses on and off the court, falling in love with tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, celebrating body diversity and expanding the confines of style in sports and pop culture, bringing awareness to maternal health disparities, and being a devoted mother to her daughters, Olympia and Adira.”
The deal comes on the heels of Williams’ retirement from active tennis last year. “For so long, all I was focused on was winning, and I never sat down to look back and reflect on my life and career,” the mother of two said.
“Over the last year I’ve really enjoyed taking the time with my growing family to celebrate my accomplishments and explore my other passions,” she added. “I couldn’t be at a more perfect place to be able to take on such a personal, intimate project.”
Meanwhile, the second book is all about inspiration in which Williams will “offer rules for living that draw on her experiences as a philanthropist and advocate, and someone who has long sought to lift a diverse and emergent generation of young women whose aspirations are not confined to the court”.
Both books are yet to be titled. Williams started playing tennis at the age of 9. She turned professional at the age of 14 in 1995 and won her first grand slam title at age 17 at the 1999 US Open. Her career, spanning three decades, saw her win 23 major singles titles.