Jessica Pegula Takes Serena Williams’ Husband’s Idea Further, Launches Her NFT Trading Cards

Published 03/31/2021, 11:00 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Jessica Pegula of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Trading cards of tennis players are finally getting the attention they always deserved. It all started with Alexis Ohanian, an American businessman and husband of Serena Williams. Now, Jessica Pegula has become the first woman athlete to get her own NFT trading cards.

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Currently ranked 33rd in the world, the 27-year-old has had a decent start to her 2021 season. Notably, she registered her most successful Grand Slam run at the Australian Open this year, making it to the quarterfinals. Afterwards, she succumbed to eventual finalist and compatriot Jennifer Brady after leading a set, 6-4, 2-6, 1-6.

Indeed, it is the right time for her to launch her exclusive trading cards. Moreover, all the earnings from the initiative would go to dog adoption organization, A Lending Paw.

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Jessica Pegula launches her trading cards on Twitter

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021, Jessica Pegula of the U.S. reacts during her fourth-round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Daughter of American billionaire Terry Pegula, Jessica launched her limited-edition NFT trading cards on Twitter. What’s interesting is that the cards are entirely digital, and they look utterly sensational.

She wrote, “Happy to announce the launch of my first collection of NFT Digital Trading Cards! Hope more women athletes start getting into this space soon.”

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is already pushing his wife Serena Williams to invest in trading cards. In his youth, the American himself had collected the trading cards of Williams sisters and had believed in its face value.

Recently, Ohanian put his hands on 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick’s trading card. In no time, the former World No. 1 responded to him on Twitter. He said, “$1.50 well spent if you ask me! Your wife beat the person on that card when we were 9 years old. Never stood a chance.”

Conclusively, Pegula is only the beginning of what the fan culture would be in the future. Soon, many athletes will take on the same route as her.

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Jessica Pegula’s 2021 season

Mar 28, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Jessica Pegula of the United States hits a backhand against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic (not pictured) in the third round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Pegula ended her Miami Open campaign only recently; she reached the Round of 16 in singles and quarterfinals in doubles. Taking the positives from her game, she would be looking forward to beginning her clay season as most players.

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The clay season will start from the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 event in Monaco, the first of many to come. Also, Pegula would be eyeing to get her hands on the second WTA title this year.

Do you think Pegula will rise up to the clay challenge in Monaco 2021?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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