“Die on the Court”: Former Tennis Player Shares Deep Sibling Love Story Between Venus and Serena Williams

Published 07/17/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Former Indian tennis player Prakash Amritraj has shared an insight into the inseparable sibling bonding that exists between Venus Williams and her sister Serena.

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Speaking on his show ‘Prakash On Point’, on Tennis Channel, Prakash, the son of former Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, shared a story on the Williams sisters showing why they have not only been able to hold on to their unshakeable sibling and familial bonding but also carry it forward.

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Despite them being fierce rivals who have faced each other 31 times through their careers, Venus and Serena remain as close as they were before they ventured into professional tennis and charted separate careers.

Prakash said he has been lucky enough to have had an opportunity to watch the Williams sisters from up close and witness their understanding, closeness, and sibling love.

“We have seen some beautiful family connections within our sport but I guess the first one that comes to mind is certainly Venus and Serena. We’ve seen how close they are. I have been blessed enough to spend a ton of times with not only them but their entire family,” the former Davis Cup player said.

Venus rooted for Serena from the stands at the Australian Open

The sibling bonding has often spilled out onto the tennis court, with Venus rooting for her sister from the stands. The latest illustration of the same happened at this year’s Australian Open. Even during the Wimbledon Championship, members of the extended family in the Williams household were seen cheering Venus on.

Sharing an anecdote on the siblings that not many would know, Prakash said Venus once told Serena, while she was about to step out on the court to win the match for her if she couldn’t do it for herself.

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012, in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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“Venus once said to Serena, while she was about to play one of her matches, ‘if you don’t do it for you, do it for me. Die on the court’. When you have that kind of bond, when you are playing for something like that, it just makes you feel like you can fly,” the former Indian tennis star said.

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He added that it is one of the abiding memories that he has of the Williams sisters and it has stayed with him.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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