Tennis Champions Venus and Serena Williams Sign Book Deal With Global Publisher DK

Mar 31, 2004, 00:00 ET from DK Publishing

    NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- DK, the worldwide family reference
 publisher, announced today that the company has signed a deal with Venus and
 Serena Williams to publish the tennis champions' first book in the summer of
 2004.  Lisa Queen, Director of IMG Literary, brokered the deal.
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     Following Serena's record-breaking deal with Nike and timed to coincide
 with the U.S. Open, HOW TO PLAY TENNIS by Venus and Serena Williams will offer
 instruction and inspiration from tennis' most popular female competitors.  A
 hardcover book for readers ages 8 and up, HOW TO PLAY TENNIS will include
 personal anecdotes and advice from the sisters and feature more than 700
 specially commissioned action photographs.  In HOW TO PLAY TENNIS, readers
 will learn how Venus and Serena warm up for a match, serving techniques, basic
 skills, tennis etiquette, match tactics, and much more.  Throughout, the
 sisters' words of advice and encouragement are perfect for young people who
 strive to be world tennis champions.
     Christopher Davis, DK's Publisher, said, "We are thrilled to be working
 with the Williams sisters on this book.  Young tennis players everywhere can
 feel inspired by the Williams' own story of rising from playing in a public
 park to become Wimbledon champions.  Now we hope that by passing on their
 practical tips in HOW TO PLAY TENNIS, we can help set a new generation of
 players on the path to glory."
     Venus and Serena Williams commented, "We hope that publishing this book
 with DK will draw even more young players to the sport of tennis -- especially
 those who may not have access to professional coaching or private courts.
 Tennis is an exciting and fun game to play, and by following the techniques in
 this book, young players will develop their skills on the court and maybe
 learn to be role models off the court, too."
     About Venus Williams
     Child tennis prodigy Venus Williams made her Wimbledon and U.S. Open
 debuts in 1997 at the age of seventeen.  In 2000 she captured her first Grand
 Slam singles title at Wimbledon and became the second black woman in history
 to win the title.  Additionally, she was the U.S. Open singles champion and
 won the Olympic Gold Medal for both singles and doubles.  Venus became the
 second player to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Olympics in the same
 year, resulting in being named "Sports Woman of the Year" by Sports
 Illustrated magazine.  In 2001 she continued her streak by winning in the
 Wimbledon singles series and in the U.S. Open where she met and defeated her
 sister Serena, 6-2, 6-4.  Venus was also named the 2002 Wimbledon doubles
 champion and was a finalist in the 2002 for both the Wimbledon and U.S. Open
 singles competition.  Last year, she was a finalist at Wimbledon.
 In November 2003 Venus branched out from her tennis roots and started her own
 interior design business, V Starr Interiors.  Now, at the age of 23 Venus
 attends fashion design school and designs a collection of leather apparel that
 is sold exclusively at Wilson's Leather.
     About Serena Williams
     Serena Williams shares her sister's athletic talent and drive, resulting
 in her meteoric rise to tennis dominance.  Serena was the first of the two
 sisters to win the Grand Slam singles title at the 1999 U.S. Open.  She also
 won the doubles title with her sister Venus, becoming the fifth women in the
 Open Era (since 1968) to win both the singles and doubles competitions in the
 same year at the U.S. Open.
     It was 2002 that proved to be Serena's year to shine.  She won the singles
 competitions in the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic, Nasdaq-100 Open,
 Italian, French, and U.S. Open competitions, and was named champion of both
 doubles and singles at Wimbledon.  With so many victories to her credit Serena
 became the #1 ranked player in the world on July 8, 2002.
     Last year, after winning the Australian Open in both singles and doubles
 she achieved a historic "Serena Slam" by winning all four Grand Slam
 tournaments in a row.
     About DK
     DK is the global family reference publisher renowned for pioneering a
 distinctive, highly visual style in its books for adults and children.
 Founded in London in 1974, the company has established a worldwide reputation
 for publishing high-quality non-fiction books in which words and pictures are
 closely integrated to present information with unrivalled clarity.  DK has
 published more than 4,000 books on a full list of subjects for readers of all
 ages, including art, body/mind/spirit, business, home, food, gardening,
 health, history, languages, parenting, pets, reference, sex, and sports.  To
 view DK's complete product line, visit DK is a member of the
 Penguin Group, the publishing division of Pearson plc.
      By Venus and Serena Williams
      Publication date: August 1, 2004
      Format: Hardcover
      Ages: 8 and up
      Pages: 96
      ISBN: 0-7566-0582-2
      Price: $19.99

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