Tennis star, Serena Williams has been named Sport’s Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year!!! In the issue that hits stands on Dec. 21st the tennis superstar is celebrated for zooming beyond tennis, beyond $74 million in prize money, beyond one of the greatest late-career runs in sports history—into celebrity hyperspace. That’s how it is when each “Come on!” is taken as a war cry by everyone from “Lean in” women to age-defying codgers to body-shamed kids to #BlackLivesMatter protesters to, yes, the voices of racial conciliation. The outside world accommodates. Real life does you favors.
From Sports Illustrated:
Indeed, in 2015 Williams hit this rare sweet spot, a pinch-me patch where the exotic became the norm. She danced with Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve. She spent a night telling bedtime stories to the children of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Growing up, Williams had devoured every Harry Potter book, marveled at the business empires of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Now J.K. Rowling was tweeting against a critic of Williams’s body, now Oprah was hustling to watch her at the U.S. Open, now Stewart was calling Williams “the most powerful woman I know.” President Barack Obama, the most scrutinized man alive, told her how great it was watching her.
Serena, who is recovering from a knee and elbow injury says she never lacks motivation after she declared she is ready to get back on the tennis circuit:
“I never lacked motivation. I just was really injured,” she said in Manila last week. “I’ve always been motivated, so I just had to get better — you know, be able to just walk without being in pain.”