Tennis legend Serena Williams to publish memoir about life ‘on and off the court’

Serena Williams is set to publish two books, the first of which, a memoir, will take an “intimate” look at her childhood and remarkable tennis career.The 42-year-old, regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, announced her retirement from the sport 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,” she 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,” the mother of two added. “I couldn’t be at a more perfect place to be able to take on such a personal, intimate project.”

Publisher Penguin Random House (PRH) said Williams’ forthcoming memoir, which does not yet have a title or publication date, will be an “open-hearted exploration of the experiences that have shaped her life”. The book will look at how the tennis star dealt with scrutiny and attacks in a predominantly white and male-dominated sport, as well as “devastating losses on and off the court”. Williams will also share her thoughts on “celebrating body diversity and expanding the confines of style in sports and pop culture” and “bringing awareness to maternal health disparities.”

She will tell the story of meeting her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and her experience of being a mother to her daughters Olympia and Adira.