1997 WTA Newcomer of the Year
"I plan on playing until I'm about 25."
Interviewer: Not long ago, our next guest
became the first tennis
player in 19 years to reach the US Open finals on her first attempt.
Earlier tonight she was named the Women's Tennis Association's Newcomer
of the Year. Here's the extremely talented Venus Williams!
(Band plays that song: "She got it!...Venus was her name!")
(Venus Williams walks out towards Interviewer wearing a long black velvet,
sleeveless dress, black high heels, black shoulder wrap-around, small
gold necklace, most of beads pulled back.)
(Interviewer shakes and kisses VW's hand, VW sits.)
Interviewer: You look very nice.
Venus Williams: Thank you.
I: Congratulations on being named Newcomer of the
I: Does that mean anything to you?
VW: It means a lot to me, because it was one
of my goals this year.
I: Uh huh.
VW: And I set that as a goal at the beginning of
the year: to be the Newcomer of the Year on the WTA Tour, so it means a
I: How old a guy are you now?
VW: (laughs) Come on. I
just turned 17.
I: 17. So you're still a kid. (crowd
applause) You're from California? Los Angeles? That area?
VW: Los Angeles. (crowd
screams, VW waves)
I: Yea and since you've been playing tennis, you
get to-- one of the nice things about it is you get to go all over the
world. Have you literally been all over the world now?
VW: Generally. Somewhat, yes. I've been to
just five foreign places. I've been to England, France, Moscow,
I: Coming to New York-- you must have really
positive, positive feelings about New York, because of your success in
the Open at the end of the summer. Do you like coming here?
VW: I like coming to New York.
DL: Yea, and people know you now because of the
VW: Yes, people do a lot.
I: And how did you spend your day today?
VW: I went shopping.
I: You went shoppping? You're making a
lot of money, aren't you?
VW: I give a lot of it to the
government. (crowd, VW laugh)
I: So you can treat yourself to a little
shopping trip every now and then?
VW: Yea, I go for a lot of jewelry. But you
know, I had a small addiction, but I really have worked on it.
(crowd, VW, I. laugh)
I: How's your dad doing?
VW: He's doing real well.
I: Is your dad right more often than not?
VW: Yes, always. (crowd,
I: What kinds of things do you do for fun
when you're traveling?
VW: Besides shopping; all those things,
Serena and I; we try different things. We tried everything.
I: You mentioned your sister? Is that who
VW: Um Hm.
I: And she is younger than you by about
VW: She's a year and three months.
I: A year and three months. Yea. Now you, right
now who would win if we set up a net on the street and you and your
sister went at it? Who would win?
VW: Wow. Right now. Let me think. (crowd, VW laugh) Right now Serena's serve seems to
be a little together more than mine. And she's hitting her groudstrokes.
Right now I would have to say...well she's...yea, Serena.
I: See now the answer is "I would crush
her." (crowd, VW, I. laugh) That's the answer.
The answer is supposed to be...
VW: No, I mean...
I: "I, I think the world of my little sister..."
VW: Yea, she's...
I: "I love her dearly, but I
would crush her."(VW, I., crowd laugh)
VW: She's getting better.
I: Do you regard each other
as athletic equals?
VW: Well, unless we're
playing a match. (Crowd, VW laugh)
I: Yea. How long do you
want to play professional tennis?
VW: I plan on playing until I'm about 25. I
guess another eight years.
I: This is Venus Wiliams. She is the
Women's Tennis Association's Newcomer of the Year. Great to meet
VW: Thanks.(I. shakes,
kisses VW's hand.)
I: Good luck to you.