Serena Williams: ‘If I were a man…’
Tennis player Serena Williams claims that if she were a white man, she would be in the conversation of the greatest athletes of all time
Serena Williams says that the conversation about the stop of domestic violence should not only center around women, but men as well.
The tennis superstar says education about domestic violence should start when men are young boys.
“I think extending the conversation to the men and the extension of the call to young boys, it is so important,” she said in an interview on Wednesday.
“This is a human right. We would all be treated in the same way. We should be treated equal. With domestic violence, it does not matter what color you are, what background you’re from,” she continued.
“It is important to get the message out there to our young men, our boys, our daughters that the new generation, and let the generation now know that, let’s stop this. Let’s change this. We create a better us.”
The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, is the ambassador for the Allstate Purple Purse foundation, which aims to help stop domestic violence and what it calls the financial abuse that can accompany such relationships.
Williams says the mother of a daughter makes the issue important to her.
“This may be something that my daughter would get, and that is not cool,” she said on a Purple Purse event. “I want them to know that they can always talk to me, and talk with other people. Maybe they don’t have a voice, maybe she can’t with her voice, but we can vote, we can support her in so many different ways,” Williams said.
Williams was pregnant with a 1-year-old Olympia Ohanian when she won the Australian Open in January 2017. She returned to Grand Slam play last month at the French Open, but had to withdraw after reaching the fourth round by a chest chest injury.
Williams says that she expects that it is healthy for the next month’s Wimbledon tournament.
“Oh that is a plan, absolutely, absolutely, and I’m working,” she said.
She also spoke about her father, Richard Williams, and his upcoming induction into the U.s. Tennis Association Hall of Fame. Williams coached Serena and her co-champion sister, Venus, from when they were children, until they were winning titles as adults.
“That is really beautiful and I know he is very excited about it and that I am also,” she said. “I was just with him yesterday and we talked about. It was great.”