Venus & Serena Take On Rugby Stars Julian & Ardie Savea
Tennis's most famous sister duo Venus and Serena Williams started 2017 by taking on the All Blacks' Savea brothers at a charity tennis match at the ASB Classic in New Zealand.
Published January 02, 2017 12:10
Venus and Serena Williams kicked off the 2017 season in Auckland, but their first match at the ASB Classic went a little differently than usual as they took on a pair of rugby stars, the All Blacks’ Julian & Ardie Savea.
A sellout crowd gathered at the ASB Tennis Arena to watch the two sibling duos battle it out for a good cause.
Ardie gamely swapped out the rugby ball for a tennis racquet…
…while Julian opted for a jumbo racquet to even out the competition.
"I couldn't stop laughing!" Venus said.
The brothers admitted to being “kind of star struck” before the event, which included No.3 seed Caroline Wozniacki.
After taking on the Savea brothers, the Williams sisters took to opposite sides of the court for a doubles face off.
Serena said: "I've never been in Auckland and so I've never had an opportunity to be first in the world to welcome in this New Year, so this is a new experience for me. The fact that I'm still having new experiences this deep into my career makes me feel really good."
The siblings plus Wozniacki commemorated the match with a selfie with the ASB Tennis Arena crowd.
All the fun and games went toward a good cause, with $65,000 being raised to help with earthquake relief efforts for the people of Kaikoura.
Serena, Caroline and Venus are set to play their first matches of the season on Tuesday.
Serena will take on Pauline Parmentier, Caroline will take on Nicole Gibbs and Venus will take on New Zealand’s Jade Lewis.