Tennis champion shares her top wellness rules to feel better with yourself
Tennis’ superstar Venus Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, that’s undeniable: she has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals. She has been an advocate for equality regarding pay for female tennis players but her latest focus has been her wellness routine.
Williams is an outspoken advocate on mental health and physical wellness, having invested in companies that promote therapeutic massage, natural skincare, access to mental health services.
Williams was an early backer of the WELL Health-Safety seal founded by health and wellness-centric real estate company Delos along with Lady Gaga and Michael Jordan. The goal is to promote a safe return to indoor sports activities and music venues. The tennis superstar has loaned her image and platform to plant-based nutrition brand, Happy Viking.
A longstanding advocate for professional athletes’ overall wellness, in a recent interview Williams addressed the importance of mental health among her peers.
The athlete shared her personal experiences and struggles throughout her professional career when she needed to separate her physical and emotional health to strengthen each one properly, she cited fellow athletes Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, and Michael Phelps, who have all gone public with their struggles and taken well-deserved time away from the pressures of playing and living in the spotlight.
“It doesn’t matter who you are. You need support,” Williams says candidly in the op-ed. “You can’t divorce mental health from anything you do. It impacts your physical well-being, your decision-making, your ability to cope with difficult moments.”
In 2011, she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, a little-known autoimmune disorder that causes chronic, painful dryness of the eyes and mouth. Sjogren’s left her feeling too ill to play professional sports.
“Just waking up was so uncomfortable, so Serena recommended a [nutritional] clinic, and my whole family became vegan. I felt very supported,” Williams said during a Q&A at a Brooklyn media event for Happy Viking.