Venus Williams says she is not considering retirement - and has suggested that she is already looking ahead to competing in the 2020 Olympic Games.
“I have no plans of stopping anytime soon,” the 37-year-old told Entrepreneur in an interview. “It seems somehow that 2020 Tokyo is on the horizon. Isn’t that wild? I’m trying to stick around for that.”
The World No.5 enjoyed an excellent 2017, rising up the rankings and finishing as runner-up at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon.
The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion is currently combining her time on the court with time in the office, running her fashion company EleVen and interior design firm V-Starr, and time in the classroom as she studies for a degree in design.
“Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how to get the best out of it without going crazy. That’s how your grades drop,” she says. “I finally learned what school was about. It’s about getting the best out of it and using your time wisely. I maybe realized that too late. I always brought that tennis mentality to it, like, perfection, perfection, perfection.”
She also revealed that she bought her new niece some rather unusual gifts - following in a Williams family tradition. When Venus and Serena were small, their father Richard got them to listen to cassette tapes about the real estate market, encouraging them to think entrepreneurially - so Aunt Venus is doing the same with baby Alexis Olympia.
"Serena wanted us to buy books for the baby shower, for the baby, and I got a foreclosure book!" she says, laughing. "I was like, ‘This is very appropriate.’ I also got Who Moved My Cheese? And I got some baby books, too. But it was like: The tradition must continue!"