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.
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
Ages: 8 and up
SOURCE DK Publishing