- Title: Williams sisters have hometown tennis courts dedicated in their honour
- Date: 13th November 2016
- Summary: COMPTON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 12, 2016) (REUTERS) SERENA WILLIAMS (IN MIDDLE) ARRIVING AT TENNIS COURTS FOR DEDICATION CEREMONY CHILDREN IN MARCHING BAND DURING CEREMONY VENUS (ON LEFT) AND SERENA AT CEREMONY WIDE CEREMONY CITY OF COMPTON SIGN (SOUNDBITE) (English) VENUS WILLIAMS, SAYING: "It's so wonderful to see you all, it's so great to be home, we literally lived right down the street, so we could walk here, it's so important to have the support of the community, it’s so important to have the support of the city and Mayor Brown and what she is doing, and also the support of all the sponsors who came in here and made it possible to have the tennis courts refurbished, to make sure that there is coaching available, to make sure that these programs go on, to make sure that sports stays here in the community, because it's a big part of bringing us all up, and it's a big part of creating positivity in the life of young people." CROWD AND MEDIA WILLIAMS SISTER'S MOTHER ORACENE (IN GREEN SHIRT) IN CROWD WILLIAMS FAMILY POSING WITH DEDICATION PLAQUE DEDICATION PLAQUE (SOUNDBITE) (English) SERENA WILLIAMS, SAYING: "Yes we are really excited to be here, like Venus said, we literally lived around the corner, like literally, just driving here brought back so many memories, and walking out on this court, again thanks to Gatorade, they did such a great job with refurbishing and rebuilding these courts so everyone here will have an opportunity to make their dreams come true, kinda like Venus and I did, that really means a lot to us and we are really excited to have an opportunity be here, be a part of this, and really just kinda come back home to where we are from." VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS POSE ON COURT VENUS & SERENA WILLIAMS COURT OF CHAMPIONS SIGN WIDE OF COURTS COURT OF CHAMPIONS SIGN
- Embargoed: 28th November 2016 03:49
- Keywords: Serena Williams Venus Williams tennis Compton
- Location: COMPTON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: COMPTON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Sport,Tennis
- Reuters ID: LVA00158A00FZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Venus and Serena Williams returned to their Compton, California hometown Saturday (November 12) as the tennis courts they played on growing up were renamed in their honour.
The tennis courts, within walking distance of the house where the sisters grew up, were renamed the Venus & Serena Williams Court of Champions after being rebuilt into top condition.
"We are really excited to be here, like Venus said, we literally lived around the corner, just driving here brought back so many memories," Serena told reporters at the dedication ceremony. "Everyone here will have an opportunity to make their dreams come true, like Venus and I did, that really means a lot to us."
The 36-year-old Venus is a seven time Grand Slam singles champion while 35-year-old Serena has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and spent 186 weeks as the number one ranked women's tennis player.
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