This Is You At The US Open, Serena

Have you ever wanted to see how a young Serena Williams played tennis? Spoiler alert: She was remarkable even then and Nike has the footage to prove it.

A new Nike advertisement shows Williams taking to the tennis court, long before became an international tennis champion. She was nine years old in the footage, according to ESPN reporter Darren Rovell.

Williams’ father, Richard Williams, provides the voice-over, encouraging his daughter to be her best.

“This is you at the U.S. Open,” Richard says to his young, focused daughter as she bounces a tennis ball on a court in a home movie. When young Serena hits the ball, the video cuts to footage of the player at various years of the U.S. Open that she competed in.

The rest is enough to make your eyes sweat.

Nike Headquarters Names Building After Serena Williams

It has been one heck of a year for Serena Williams. She’s going to end it with a bang. Fifteen years after the tennis GOAT landed her first Nike sponsorship, she is getting her very-own building at the sportswear brand’s world headquarters.

 

 

Nike’s Serena Williams building is set to measure over one million square feet upon completion in 2019, making it the largest on its campus.

The 36-year-old new mom shared the news via Instagram, captioning her post: “What a year it has been. First a grand slam win followed by an awesome baby… then the most magical wedding. What next? How about a building!!… Nike announced yesterday that one of its new world headquarters buildings will be named after me. It will be the biggest on campus and is scheduled to open in 2019. I am honored and grateful! #TeamNike @nike”

“Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time, one of the most inspiring people in sport, and a dominating presence on and off the court,” Nike told Money. “She has won Wimbledon seven times, the US Open six times, and more Grand Slam tennis titles – 23 – than any man or woman in history.”

Today, the world’s highest-paid female athlete also teased a new shoe collaboration with the powerhouse, sporting sneakers boasting a glimmering gold heel and sole, paired with matching gold and white socks.

Here’s to an event better 2018, ‘Rena!

Serena Williams Rises.

After what has been a tough week for us all, watching Serena Williams nab the 2016 Wimbledon Championship is just what we all needed and more. It is Serena’s 22nd Grand Slam Title and she is ranked #1 in women’s tennis.

Here she recites her favorite poem, Maya Angelou’s, “Still I Rise,” via BBC Sports. The clip was released right before her victory. Today, it means so much for so many reasons….

Ad Love: Serena Looks to Her Younger Self

I love Serena Williams and always will. In a new campaign for Gatorade, a young Serena motivates her #1 fan in time for the Olympic games.

“For the Love of Sport,” skillfully portrays various athletes’ dedication and enthusiasm for their sports with humor and heart. Additionally, as part of the new campaign Gatorade will be, for a limited time, featuring Williams  and other athletes on its bottles.

Gatorade is also championing a donation initiative. Consumers are encouraged to choose between 19 youth sports-focused organizations to find four that Gatorade will donate $50,000 to on their behalf. Consumers can vote online until November.