“Going 9–5”: Venus Williams Opens Up on Current Training Routine

Published 03/15/2021, 9:01 AM EDT
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Venus Williams has contributed vastly to the women’s game and has a decorated career that not many players have enjoyed. She is one of the few players that has held the number one rankings in both singles and doubles. The American star won three gold medals at the Olympic Games, comprising one in singles and three in doubles. 

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Recently, Venus Williams was on a podcast with American professional makeup artist Bobbi Brown. They spoke on various topics covering fashion and tennis. However, one of the interesting subjects was the 40-year-old player’s current training routine. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Italy’s Sara Errani REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Venus Williams: “My training is split between the court and gym”

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The five-time Wimbledon champion stated, “Nowadays I give myself 4-5 good hours of training. It’s split between the court and the gym. I do some more time with the physio. So I’m basically going 9 to 5, just a little bit of a different way… I hate being indoors. So even at the office, I got to walk outside every couple of hours or so.”

Reflecting on Williams’ current season, she played at the Yarra Valley Classic at the beginning of the season. Her defeat came in the Round of 32 matches, in which she lost to Petra Kvitova in two close-fought sets. 

Venus Williams plays a forehand during her match against Serena Williams during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

After that, Venus competed at the season’s first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open. Unfortunately, she lost in the second round to Italian tennis player Sara Errani in an unconvincing manner and managed to win only one game in the entire match. 

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In recent years, the American player struggled with her form, and it shows in her results. In 2017, she had a successful season by reaching the final of the Australian Open and the Wimbledon Championships

As there is a lot of tennis to play this season, Venus will look to brush aside her recent struggles and hope to deliver the results she once delivered. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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