Venus Williams Cites Her Father as the Reason for Launching Her Interior Design Firm

Published 12/18/2020, 9:00 AM EST
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)


If you’re a tennis fan, you must be aware of Venus Williams. Similar to her sister, Serena, Venus has held the top rankings in both singles and doubles. The older Williams’ sister has won at the Wimbledon five times in her career so far. Besides that, she’s won the US Open on two occasions. 

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In her early days, Venus was guided by her father, Richard Williams. That man has given the sport two of the greatest tennis players to have ever played the game. During their childhood, Richard played a key influence in grooming both his daughters and the rest is history. 

Besides tennis, Venus has also taken a keen interest in interior design. In 2002, she started V Starr Interiors, a company that specializes in commercial and residential interior design.

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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 on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Venus Williams: Started V Starr to make my parents proud

Serena said, “I started V Starr to make my parents proud. I had a great upbringing and they instilled in me a work ethic, confidence, balance, and belief. All of these things they taught me were the catalyst. My father gave me an entrepreneurial spirit. He used to play foreclosure tapes [teaching how one could make money off of foreclosed properties] for me and Serena in the car on the way to tennis.”

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However, it wasn’t an easy task in the initial days while she had to set it up. She even spoke about recruiting employees and her first project. She said, “It was tough, of course, in the beginning. You have to hire the right people and it took me a minute to find a team that synced. It’s tough to get that first client. Our first big project was for a basketball player and we were just so happy.”

In 2020, Venus didn’t have a good run at the majors. She lost in the first round of the Australian Open, US Open, and the French Open.

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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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