‘I’ve Experienced Gymtimidation as a Professional Athlete’- Venus Williams Shares How She Overcame Her Social Fear

Published 01/28/2022, 3:20 AM EST
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Laura Siegemund of Germany during her third round Women’s Singles match on Day Six of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

7-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams has been one of the role models for many tennis players around the world. Along with her sister Serena, she has broken many records on a tennis court. The 41-year-old American is also a role model off the court for thousands of youngsters. 

Even at the age of 41, Venus is still one of the fittest players on the tour. Recently, Venus talked about gymtimidation (anxiousness about working out in front of others) and how it affected her mentally, and how she recovered from it. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 08: Venus Williams of The United States of America celebrates after winning match point in her Women’s Singles first round match against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium during day one of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Venus Williams is inspiring people even at 41

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Recently in an Instagram post, Venus Williams revealed that she felt very vulnerable while working out at a gym. Seeing other people doing better than her made Venus insecure about herself. 

“It may be hard to believe that I’ve experienced gymtimidation as a professional athlete, but unfortunately, comparing yourself to others doesn’t stop once you reach a certain level. There have been many times that I’ve looked over at someone else in the gym and compared how heavy their weights are or how much faster they’re going on a treadmill than me,” Venus said

Later, the 5-time Wimbledon champion overcame this fear by using a simple method. According to her, one should always focus on themself rather than watching others. 

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It can make you feel extremely vulnerable, but over time, I’ve worked to overcome this uneasiness by building up my own confidence and mental toughness, which can be as simple as feeling good in your outfit or grinding to the right playlist.” Venus further said. 

What’s next for the Williams sisters?

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Venus Williams last played in August 2021 in Chicago. Since then, she hasn’t played in any tournaments. Recently, Venus withdrew from the Australian Open as well. She played very few matches in 2021 and fans are eagerly waiting for her comeback in 2022.

Meanwhile, her younger sister, Serena Williams, is still pursuing her 24th Grand Slam title. She is currently nursing a hamstring injury that she suffered at Wimbledon last year. Fans missed seeing her at the Australian Open, but they are hopeful that she will return at the French Open in May. 

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)

Can the Williams sisters win one more Grand Slam before they retire? Let us know in the comments. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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