Tennis Champions Venus and Serena Williams Sign Book Deal With Global Publisher DK
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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040331/NYW006 ) 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 www.dk.com. DK is a member of the Penguin Group, the publishing division of Pearson plc. HOW TO PLAY TENNIS 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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