“Unconditional Love”: Ashleigh Barty and Venus Williams Celebrate Pet Day

Published 04/19/2021, 5:24 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)


There are quite a lot of players on tour who have an inclination towards animals and birds. Many of them even have their own pets and recently celebrated National Pet Day, which was on April 11, 2021. One of them is the 7-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

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Venus Williams shared a picture of herself with her dog Harry on her Instagram handle on the occasion of National Pet Day. Harry is 14-years-old right, and the American legend also shared a picture of Harry with Serena Williams’ daughter Olympia.

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“It’s national pet day and he’s been my puppet for 14 years. I love my Harry! (Harrold when he is in trouble),” wrote Venus in the Instagram caption.

Harry’s age surprised Serena Williams, and she even asked if he really was 14-years-old in the comments section. Looking at Harry, it is really quite shocking to hear of his real age.

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)

“Wow he’s 14???” asked the former World No. 1.

Fans also got an idea of how small Harry was as he comfortably fit inside Williams’ training bag. It is also evident that Venus must often take him to her practice sessions as well.

Ashleigh Barty joins Venus Williams in the celebrations

There are other players too who love to spend quality time with their pets off the court. One of them is World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, and even she posted a picture with her dog on her Instagram handle.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates victory after the Women’s Singles final match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Day eight of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on November 3, 2019, in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

“Unconditional love,” wrote Barty in the Instagram caption.

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Aside from Barty and Venus, Daria Gavrilova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Amanda Anisimova, Monica Puig, and Elise Mertens are also proud pet owners.

After winning the Miami Open 2021, Barty will begin her clay-court campaign soon. Will the Australian be able to win yet another French Open title this year?

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