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A riveting chronicle of trailblazing tennis champion and cultural icon Serena Williams’s turbulent 2019 tour season and a revealing portrait of who she is, both on and off the court. Serena Williams is an undisputed global sports celebrity. Ranked #12 on ESPN’s 2018 World Fame 100 list of popular athletes, thirty-seven-year-old Serena Williams is the only female in the top A riveting chronicle of trailblazing tennis champion and cultural icon Serena Williams’s turbulent 2019 tour season and a revealing portrait of who she is, both on and off the court. Serena Williams is an undisputed global sports celebrity. Ranked #12 on ESPN’s 2018 World Fame 100 list of popular athletes, thirty-seven-year-old Serena Williams is the only female in the top 20, and she’s one of the highest paid athletes in the world. The face of women’s tennis for the past two decades, Serena is now waging battles on multiple fronts—against age, injuries, and opponents almost twenty years her junior, all while juggling her responsibilities as a new mom. Seeing Serena is an in-depth chronicle of Serena Williams’ return to tennis after giving birth to her daughter, and an insightful cultural analysis of the most consequential female athlete of her time. Author Gerald Marzorati shadows her through her 2019 season, from Melbourne and the Australian Open, to Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, and on to the US Open as she seeks her 24th Grand Slam singles title. He writers about her tennis and her forays into fashion, investing, and developing her personal brand on social media. Seeing Serena illuminates Williams’s singular status as the greatest women’s tennis player of all time and—in a moment when race and gender are the most talked-about topics in America and beyond—a pop icon like no other. Marzorati is on the scene, observing her matches, and talking to her, her coach, her competitors, and former greats who have witnessed her for years. He observes her, listens to her, studies her, explores her roles in society and history—sees Serena fully, in all the ways she has come to matter.


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A riveting chronicle of trailblazing tennis champion and cultural icon Serena Williams’s turbulent 2019 tour season and a revealing portrait of who she is, both on and off the court. Serena Williams is an undisputed global sports celebrity. Ranked #12 on ESPN’s 2018 World Fame 100 list of popular athletes, thirty-seven-year-old Serena Williams is the only female in the top A riveting chronicle of trailblazing tennis champion and cultural icon Serena Williams’s turbulent 2019 tour season and a revealing portrait of who she is, both on and off the court. Serena Williams is an undisputed global sports celebrity. Ranked #12 on ESPN’s 2018 World Fame 100 list of popular athletes, thirty-seven-year-old Serena Williams is the only female in the top 20, and she’s one of the highest paid athletes in the world. The face of women’s tennis for the past two decades, Serena is now waging battles on multiple fronts—against age, injuries, and opponents almost twenty years her junior, all while juggling her responsibilities as a new mom. Seeing Serena is an in-depth chronicle of Serena Williams’ return to tennis after giving birth to her daughter, and an insightful cultural analysis of the most consequential female athlete of her time. Author Gerald Marzorati shadows her through her 2019 season, from Melbourne and the Australian Open, to Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, and on to the US Open as she seeks her 24th Grand Slam singles title. He writers about her tennis and her forays into fashion, investing, and developing her personal brand on social media. Seeing Serena illuminates Williams’s singular status as the greatest women’s tennis player of all time and—in a moment when race and gender are the most talked-about topics in America and beyond—a pop icon like no other. Marzorati is on the scene, observing her matches, and talking to her, her coach, her competitors, and former greats who have witnessed her for years. He observes her, listens to her, studies her, explores her roles in society and history—sees Serena fully, in all the ways she has come to matter.

30 review for Seeing Serena

  1. 5 out of 5

    SRL-0011

    As a fan of Serena Williams and an avid watcher of professional tennis, most of this information is already known about Serena. If you are a follower of Serena on instagram then you already have seen and know of this part of Serena's life. I did not realize that this was an unauthorized story. These facts given are available through watching interviews with Serena or in knowing and watching her on the tennis court. Serena is a great woman athlete and she plays to win . I would prefer to read her As a fan of Serena Williams and an avid watcher of professional tennis, most of this information is already known about Serena. If you are a follower of Serena on instagram then you already have seen and know of this part of Serena's life. I did not realize that this was an unauthorized story. These facts given are available through watching interviews with Serena or in knowing and watching her on the tennis court. Serena is a great woman athlete and she plays to win . I would prefer to read her biography if she chooses to share more of her information with her fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary Sisney

    Those who enjoy reading about the mechanics of tennis will like this book more than I did. Even when I was a tennis superfan (for more than thirty years), I was never interested in reading about the players’ serves, returns, and volleys. I thought this book would focus more on the tennis icon’s relationship to her father, her older sister Venus, her husband, daughter, and her celebrity friends. Although Beyoncé is mentioned, Duchess Meghan isn’t. Richard Williams appears in the book several time Those who enjoy reading about the mechanics of tennis will like this book more than I did. Even when I was a tennis superfan (for more than thirty years), I was never interested in reading about the players’ serves, returns, and volleys. I thought this book would focus more on the tennis icon’s relationship to her father, her older sister Venus, her husband, daughter, and her celebrity friends. Although Beyoncé is mentioned, Duchess Meghan isn’t. Richard Williams appears in the book several times, but there is no discussion of how much his personality is reflected not only in Serena’s competitiveness and occasional temper tantrums but also in her love of celebrity. Richard was clearly a hothead and a showboat. The book doesn’t even mention Serena’s commercials for headaches and cars. While several of the other women who had fathers who trained them to be tennis players—Mary Pierce, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Chris Evert— are briefly mentioned, there’s no discussion of the significance of a father gaining fame and money through training his daughter to play a sport that can lead to heartbreaking losses and even injuries. Everyone’s talking about girl dads now; someone needs to write about tennis girl dads and maybe singer (Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson) girl dads. I’m not a fan of Richard Williams or any of the other men who made money off of their daughters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Audio format 🎧. If you’re a huge tennis fan (as I am) you probably aren’t going to love this book as it’s quite high level and nothing that you likely wouldn’t have heard or known. My second beef with the book is that quite frankly it was all over the damned place. The book is written based on location/tournaments which didn’t come across well in the audio format. It just seemed to jump all over the place and in my opinion the book is more about all the other players rather than focusing on Sere Audio format 🎧. If you’re a huge tennis fan (as I am) you probably aren’t going to love this book as it’s quite high level and nothing that you likely wouldn’t have heard or known. My second beef with the book is that quite frankly it was all over the damned place. The book is written based on location/tournaments which didn’t come across well in the audio format. It just seemed to jump all over the place and in my opinion the book is more about all the other players rather than focusing on Serena as the title implies. I did like hearing about some of the other players but it really took over the book. I’m not sure if I would have rated this book higher in traditional format rather than audio but I give this a 2.5/5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dale Wyant

    If you follow tennis, and particularly Serena, there is not a lot new in this book and some pretty far out there comparisons to black artists and fashionistas. Not an entire waste of time, but would not recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    Just ok. I didn't learn anything new. Just ok. I didn't learn anything new.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Reader

    Was looking forward to reading this book. Like Serena. Like sports books. Like nonfiction. But after less than 20 pages, I did not finish. Commas.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lance Levy

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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    Steven

  12. 5 out of 5

    Micaela Cashman

  13. 4 out of 5

    Moosemom

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Wood

  15. 4 out of 5

    Guamaniac

  16. 4 out of 5

    Briana

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tara Marquis

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Crawley

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diann

  23. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  24. 5 out of 5

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    Daniel Brown

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Pelegrin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  29. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda Perlstein

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