Serena Williams X Glamour: Serena Williams is the July ’16 Cover Star of Glamour Magazine and Serves Up a Double Dose of Realness.
34-year-old tennis icon Serena Williams has long been one of the most controversial figures of any genre. Making waves on and off the court with a laser focused spirit and surprisingly eclectic personality, there have always been many sides to the powerful sports star. Sitting atop the international tennis world defeating opponentsÂ half her age, Williams serves up her latest ace on the July cover of Glamour Magazine.
The boldly titled,Women Are Strong As Hell Issue, comes at a pivotal time in the athlete’s career. Boasting an incredible two decades of play, 70 singles titles, and over $77 million in prize money, Williams has proven to be one of the most remarkable athletes of any era. With no signs of slowing down any time soon, Williams is history in the making, quite literally.
Outfitted in a white Wolford one-piece accented by a Virgil Abloh jacket, Williams looks her best yet as she serves up a confidently sexy pose on the glossy’s July cover. Inside the issue, Serena’s editorial is equally stunning as she completely slays in collection looks from brands including Burberry, Fleur du Mal bodysuit, and Azzedine Alaia.
Williams also sits down with editor Melissa Harris Perry to discuss everything from Drake relationship rumors to her tennis legacy and close relationship with fans. See a few of our favorite moments from Serena’s exclusive interview with Glamour below.
Serena on being called the world’s greatest athlete:
“Oh my gosh, I don’t know. That’s so hard to say. I try to be the best that I can be every day. I have bad days. I had a bad day the other day. I hit for only, like, 30 minutes, and I stormed off the court. But that was the best I could do on that day. So am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.”
Serena on connection with fans and being the “original black-girl magic:
“That’s something. I meet people who say, “Girl, I watch every match, and I pray for you.” I feel that energy and those prayers. Sometimes when I’m down on the court, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “They want me to win. Is there anything else I can give?” It encourages me to do better, to fight harder.”
Serena on Drake Relationship Rumors and 2015 US Open Loss:
“No. I don’t think that was fair.[to blame Drake] I’m the one who’s playing, who’s making mistakes or making winners. I’m not one to blame anyone else for anything. And I don’t think anyone else should either. I played a really good opponent that day. And I wasn’t at my best.”
Serena on Leaving a Legacy:
“I never thought about leaving a tennis legacy. I always thought about leaving a legacy of fulfillment, living out your dreams, and giving back. I’m proud to have opened [two] schools in Africa and one in Jamaica [through the Serena Williams Fund and its partners]. I was given a lot. I was given two parents. That’s already starting above a lot of kids. And then I was given the opportunity to play tennis and parents who supported that. I feel I can give back.”
See a glimpse of Â Serena Williams’ July 2016 cover of Glamour Magazine “Women Are Strong As Hell” issue below and head over toÂ the mag’s website for the full scoop.