The revolutionary anti-apartheid south african late president Nelson Mandela, has impacted to some extent the career of the ace of tennis Serena Williams. His writings, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Conversations With Myself, etc … have inspired Williams.
In 2013, Mandela was fighting for the life and Serena was upset to learn of his impairment. “I feel that Nelson Mandela, in the first place, he lived a life truly amazing. Has been so crucial, I think that for so many people. It is really emotional to talk about that, “ he said.
“You know, meeting him was probably one of the best moments of my life, and will be a great loss,” said Williams during Wimbledon 2013 during his critical condition.
She was praying that he would recover from his lung infection while he was hospitalized in Pretoria. In addition, Williams explained why the meeting with Mandela was an unforgettable experience. He also spoke on the cases deep of his writings.
“Just knowing him, talking with him. It is so consistent, it is so smart, is so amazing. Obviously I hope it recovers. But reading books about him, seeing things, seeing what happened, you know, I started to read his autobiography after I left south Africa last year. It is simply incredible, “ he shared.
Serena Williams followed the example of Nelson Mandela, and returned to Indian Wells
The 23-time champion of Grand Slam Williams have boycotted the Indian Wells tournament for almost 13 years in his career. The incident took place due to problems of racism during the course of the tournament. But, however, the influence of Mandela was one of the reasons that convinced her to lift the boycott californian.
“Honestly, I never thought that I would return to Indian Wells. And then there was this trip to Africa and met Mandela. What really surprised me was that he was in jail, you know, for most of his life. His family, his children, could not see them grow up, “ he said.
“And not only forgave the people who imprisoned them, but you know that he became a friend of them. Not I held a grudge against. Then I thought about it and I realized that it is better to forgive really, honestly, going back. Was terrified.”
Nelson Mandela took his last breath on December 5, 2013, and once mentioned in the Laureus World Sports Awards 2000, “sport has the power to change the world”. Serena Williams has been absorbed by that school of thought and continues to inspire millions of people. people swinging their tennis racket.