COMPTON, CA, USA - Former World No.1s Venus Williams and Serena Williams returned to their hometown of Compton, California last weekend to strengthen childhood ties to the city where they first played tennis.
"You always remember those places, like where we went to elementary school, the courts we practiced at, even our old home," Venus told the LA Times. "And just places you used to go. And of course things change over time. Places move. Shops close. Streets change. But it's still the same place."
The Williams sisters made use of their eponymous charity fund to bestow a five-year endowment on what will be the Yetunde Price Resource Center, which will help those affected by violence and trauma. The center was named for their eldest sister, who was killed in 2003.
"We definitely wanted to honor our sister's memory because she was a great sister, she was our oldest sister and obviously she meant a lot to us," Serena said. "And it meant a lot to us, to myself and to Venus and my other sisters as well, Isha and Lyndrea, that we've been wanting to do something for years in memory of her, especially the way it happened, a violent crime."
Saturday was dedicated to the refurbishing of Lueders Park tennis courts henceforth known as the Venus & Serena Williams Court of Champions.
Check out a full interview with the Williams sisters here, along with some of the best photos from the weekend below:
All photos courtesy of Getty Images.