The cover of the August 2017 Vanity Fair issue will feature one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Williams, who recently won her 23rd career Grand Slam singles title at the 2017 Australian Open, recently took a hiatus from tennis after announcing her pregnancy. But tennis fans haven’t seen the last of Williams.
She said in the Vanity Fair article, which was written by Buzz Bissinger, that “she will return to the tennis circuit as soon as January because ‘I don’t think my story is over yet.'”
She also had a very powerful comment about where she stands among the greatest athletes of all time.
With 23 grand-slam wins on the women’s pro tennis tour spanning nearly three decades — from her first, at 17 years old, in September of 1999, to her latest, at 35, in January of 2017, and the most in the open era — Serena is in the heart of every conversation concerning the best athlete of her time. “If I were a man, then it wouldn’t be any sort of question,” she told me. She may well be right, a society still conditioned to believe that men are better than women in everything except the superfluous.
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