Venus and Serena Williams Inaugurate New Tennis Arena


It’s not uncommon for tennis champions to have stadiums named in their honor, but it’s not very often players have tennis stadiums or arenas named after them while they are still actively in the game.

But then again, this is Venus and Serena Williams we are talking about here…

The star sisters will celebrate the re-opening of a tennis facility that underwent an $18 million renovation with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Nov. 7.

The revamped facility, named the Williams Arena, has 7 outdoor courts, including a clay court and six indoor hard courts. If you’re not a big tennis player, the arena will also have a computer lab and library as a multipurpose room for the community.

“I believe we have created a Center which will continue to nurture, train, teach and develop our children to become leaders in our community and society,” said Cora Masters Barry, founder and CEO of the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC). “While we have serviced over 10,000 local children and youth, the current renovation will allow us to service many, many more. I thank Mayor Gray, and the D.C. City Council for their vision and support for our children…who are our future.”

Serena is currently the world’s top-ranked player with 18 Grand Slam titles, while older sister Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam winner.

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