Venus Williams Pays It Forward, Surprises Children at Atlanta Tennis Camp

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 27, 2019
11:40 A.M.
The multi-award-winning tennis champ was in Atlanta to compete in the BB&T Atlanta and used the opportunity to pay an unexpected visit to one of the city’s local courts.

As captured by the local news station, WSB-TV, Venus was seen offering the teenagers who came to train at the camp a treat with motivating words, and little game time on Monday.


Their reactions were priceless, with many of the amateur players having a stronger push to follow their dreams upon the tennis star’s visit.

An instance was that of a camper, Ranan Givhan, who described the experience of her encounter with the Venus as “the best thing ever.”


Adorable Ranan went further ahead to add:

“I want to get a college degree, playing tennis, so my parents don’t have to pay, and I can make it easier for their lives.”

Apart from the fantastic experience offered to the campers through her visitation, Venus also used her presence to bring attention to city’s deteriorating courts which serves hundreds of teenagers every day, as disclosed by Helen Willis – Atlanta’s District 3 Councilwoman.


Through Corona, Venus was able to get the spotlight on organizing resources and funds needed to set up fresh city courts as well as renovate the damaged ones.

According to details disclosed by the city, it would cost about $600,000 to renovate the bad courts which are pegged at 24.


While speaking on the experience to WSB-TV, Venus said:

“Atlanta is a tennis town. I don’t get here too often, but when I do, I try as much as I can.”


Prior to her Atlanta visit, Venus witnessed a very shocking defeat in the first round of the year’s Wimbledon competition. She surprisingly lost to 15-year-old Cori Coco Gauff.


After the game, Venus had a sit-down with the press where she discussed the match and its unexpected results. When asked by a reporter if it was much ‘consolation’ that she was beaten by a young tennis player who might follow her footsteps to become a mega champion, Venus gave a gloom reply, saying:

“I never thought of that.”

She also mentioned that she wasn’t at her best form, which may have led to the loss. Coco, on the other hand, had nothing but gratitude to show to Venus.

Coco became the youngest woman ever to qualify for the Wimbledon main draw in the Open era following her defeat of Venus Williams.

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