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Is it Time for Venus Williams to Retire Her Tennis Racquet?

Wednesday August 1, 2012 

While her sister, Serena, is playing strong, Venus Williams is on a losing streak. Is it time for her to retire her tennis racquet?

Although Venus Williams played strong in the first two rounds of singles this week in the London Olympics, she lost her third-round match today against Germany`s Angelique Kerber saying,  “I made a few errors and she hit a few winners, and things can go quickly in tennis.”

Her loss could be due to the fact that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease leaving Williams feeling fatigued. Although she was only diagnosed with the condition in 2011, she wasn`t feeling herself for years but was misdiagnosed.

“For years I felt that I didn’t have enough stamina and then, four years ago, I felt like I was not getting enough air but I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma.”

Despite the struggles, Venus is about to be the first American tennis player to compete in four Olympics and said that she is planning to play in the 2016 Rio Games.

By 2016, Venus will be 36 and many tennis players retire before their late thirties and while some continue playing for years after, a health problem like Sjogren’s syndrome won`t help her performance however; Venus is hopeful saying, “It makes me want to get up and fight harder every day.”

Venus also lost in the opening round of Wimbledon only about a month ago and although loosing is always a part of the game, Williams has not had a first round loss since her first time at the legendary tournament. She also suffered  a second round loss at the French Open.

Could this be her body`s way of telling her it`s time to settle down? I admire both of the Williams sisters talent and what makes them even more admirable is that both have suffered health problems and have continued to compete in the game; Serena even took home the title in this year`s Wimbledon. Although the losing streak might signal that retirement is near for Venus, it is  hard for me to feel sorry for either of the tennis star sisters.

We all saw Serena yell at the chair umpire at the US Open Finals in 2011 which she was fined $2,000 for (I think she can afford it) and verbally abused a lineswoman at the 2009 US Open.

Player John McEnroe publically stated that both of the sisters have a bad attitude saying, “Enough is enough… Would it kill them to say hello to people in the locker room?”

“What they have achieved is great, but they have no respect for anyone in the game,” and McEnroe is not the only one who feels that the sisters do not deserve the status they have in women`s tennis.

I`d have to say I agree with McEnroe. They both have amazing talent but their arrogant attitude makes both of them hard to root for. I guess in cheering for the USA in this year`s Olympics I am somewhat supporting the sisters but beyond that, I won`t be rooting for either in tournaments to come.

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Creative Home Décor Using Tennis Racquets!

While cleaning out my garage I stumbled upon a pile of old tennis racquets; some of them I used as a child, others worn out, some past down and even some vintage racquets I somehow acquired over the years.

I didn`t have the heart to toss them all in the dump pile so I decided to donate them but I held on to some of sentimental value, like the wooden tennis racquets that are somewhat of a family heirloom, passed down to me from generations before.

These wooden tennis racquets wouldn`t work in a match, they were long retired, but I didn`t want to just leave them in the garage for another ten years until I cleaned it out again.  I went online and discovered some creative things you can do with an old tennis racquet.

One of my favorite ideas was the tennis racquet jewelry display. It`s simple and adds some color to your walls! All you need it a nail to hang it up in the perfect spot.

Another fun idea was turning old vintage tennis racquets into wall mirrors. This requires a little bit more work than the jewelry display but is still pretty simple.

Take your old tennis racquet to the glass shop and have them custom cut the glass to fit the racquet head then use liquid nails to stick the mirror to the racquet. Hang it up and you have yourself a unique tennis racquet wall mirror that can add some flare to your house.

Now for the most creative idea of all, in my opinion, is the tennis racquet display shelf. This is somewhat trickier and will take some extra time but it is well worth it!

For this project you need a piece of fine wood (distressed if you want), three or four copper plated hooks, screws and of course, an old tennis racquet.

From what it seems, you cut the top quarter of the racquet so it can lay parallel to the rest of head, don`t cut it all the way through so that you don`t sever the string.

Use the piece of wood and cut it to fit the top half of the tennis racquet, you can paint it any color you wish. Fashion the plated hooks to the bottom so that you can hang things like award ribbons, keys or anything light.

Drill two holes into the top part of the tennis racquet handle so that you can secure it to the wall. (I know my directions are somewhat confusing but the picture to the left should clear up any misunderstanding!)

With so many creative things you can do with tennis racquets, other than hit tennis balls, you can preserve your memories and add some style to your home!