Venus Williams plays in tourney to benefit Compton youths

Compton native and tennis star Venus Williams is doing something big for the youths of Compton. Williams, the second Black woman to win Wimbledon, has partnered up with tennis stars in a philanthropic outreach effort to touch the lives of young people in multiple cities globally.

At 43, and the winner of seven Grand Slam titles, Williams continues to show off her charitable side for her hometown.

San Antonio Sports announced that Williams will be participating in the inaugural San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships presented by Frost, H-E-B and SA Sports. Featuring ten ATP & WTA professionals, the event will be hosted by Freeman Coliseum Nov. 10-12, 2023.

The San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships will feature two teams consisting of top ATP & WTA players, college players and top-ranked Texas junior players. The San Antonio Smash will be led by Williams, Elina Svitolina, John Isner, Bob Bryan and JJ Wolf and captained by Wayne Bryan.

The Austin Capitals will be headed up by Sloane Stephens, Peyton Stearns, Gael Monfils, Mike Bryan and Jack Sock. In addition to the tennis professionals, college players from Baylor, UT Austin, Texas A&M, UTSA, UTPB, Trinity and

Southwestern along with top juniors from John Newcomb’s Tennis Ranch and Austin Tennis Academy will also be part of the team event.

“San Antonio has a rich tennis history and we are excited to make this an annual event,” said Jenny Carnes, Executive Director of San Antonio Sports. “The San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships will provide tennis fans the opportunity to see world class tennis at the only professional event in Texas to feature both top ranked men and women professionals.”

“We are excited to welcome so many great players to San Antonio and look forward to world class tennis at Freeman Coliseum,” said Tim Stallard. “The three-day event will benefit SA Sports iPlay Program, Bush ACE Outreach Program and several of the players’ nonprofit foundations benefitting children from Compton to Kyiv and throughout Texas.” For more information on the San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships, please visit VIP packages are available now.

Source: Bush Tennis Center

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