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Venus Has Big Praise For Leylah

by Melissa Boyd

August 7, 2023

Venus Williams is back in Montreal and spoke to the media on Sunday. The tennis legend had plenty of interesting things to say and covered a variety of topics.

The 2014 National Bank Open finalist worked extra hard to be ready for this week after suffering an injury at Wimbledon because she didn’t want to miss out on being part of the special atmosphere at the tournament in a city where she wishes she could visit more often.

The 43-year-old also discussed her longevity, her desire to continue competing instead of fully pursuing other interests and the importance of giving back to the sport that has given her so much.

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Williams spoke about being a role model to many young female athletes, including Leylah Annie Fernandez and she was full of praise for the 20-year-old Canadian.

“She has the greatest attitude on court, unbelievable competitor, I think she’s so good for the game. When you watch her play, you feel like you’re a part of it, you feel like you’re part of something. She gives you that energy, you want to root for her and every time I see her on court I’m always rooting for her because you feel something for that.”