Venus and Serena Williams returned to the tennis court where they honed their skills as youngsters in Compton, Calif., ahead of becoming world-famous athletes.
The sisters were recognized today at a dedication ceremony for the newly vamped court, aptly named in their honor: the Venus and Serena Williams Court of Champions.
“We literally lived around the corner, so just driving here brought back so many memories,” Serena told a crowd of fans while accepting a plaque from Mayor Aja Brown. “Thanks to Gatorade for refurbishing and rebuilding these courts so that everyone here can have an opportunity to make their dreams come true like Venus and I did.”
“It’s done so much for us,” Venus said of the Compton tennis court. “To have the tennis court refurbished, to make sure that there’s coaching available, to make sure that these programs go on and to make sure that this sport stays here in our community — it’s a big part of bringing us all up and creating positivity for young people.”
The Nike-sponsored athletes had on the sportswear brand’s sneakers and had their footprint silhouettes etched on the new court.
Following the launch, the tennis aces judged food and dance competitions at the Healthy Compton Festival.