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ESPN recently announced that a new docuseries on the life and career of tennis champion Serena Williams is in the works.
Announced at the Walt Disney Company upfront presentation, the series, titled “In the Arena: Serena Williams,” will cover Williams’ professional journey throughout her 20-year career. Featuring the tennis player herself and the people that are closest to her, the docuseries will also focus on her personal life, including her experiences as she started a family.
Williams is involved in the creation of the docuseries as a producer alongside ESPN, Tom Brady’s 199 Productions, Caroline Currier’s Nine Two Six Productions and Religion of Sports.
“In the Arena: Serena Williams” joins a previously released Tom Brady documentary titled “Main in the Arena: Tom Brady” as part of a new sports franchise by ESPN. The director of the Emmy-winning docuseries and the co-founder of Religion of Sports, Gotham Chopra, will also be involved in the new Williams documentary as a director.
“Her career comes full circle as she welcomes a new generation of challengers – each inspired by Serena and hungry to follow in her footsteps, and of course, take her down,” said a spokesperson from ESPN in the official press release. “Spanning the life and legend of the greatest player of all time, we’ll track Serena’s personal and generational journey from phenom to icon—re-examining decisive matches, formative moments, heartbreak, and glory along the way.”
Throughout her career, Williams has broken barriers in both the tennis world and the overall sports world. Known as the woman with the most grand slam titles totaling 39, and one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Williams first began playing the sport at the age of four alongside her sister, Venus Williams, under the instruction of their father, Richard Williams.
She made her professional debut as a tennis player in 1995 at just the age of 14, with her first pro tournament match in Quebec City. At the age of 18, in 1999, Williams won her first major singles title during the US Open. By 2001, both the Williams sisters achieved a “Career Grand Slam,” winning all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles.
Throughout her 28-year long professional career, Williams has won a variety of titles and awards, achieving the “Serena Slam” and winning four Gold Medals at the Olympic Games.
Aside from tennis, Williams has also been involved in charity work, providing scholarship money for underprivileged U.S. students with the Serena Williams Fund and funding the construction of schools, amongst other projects.