Courtesy of ESPN
For 34 years, Venus Williams' body has been the vessel and powerhouse that has led the five-time Wimbledon champion and nine-time Grand Slam winner to multiple titles—and now she’s showing it off and baring it all for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue.
In addition to posing for the sure-to-be iconic shots, Venus opened up about her battle with Sjögren’s syndrome, the autoimmune disease that took a toll on her treasured bod and forced her to take a six-month hiatus earlier in her career.
“At my worst point, I wasn’t able to play tennis at all,” she told the mag of the time during the 2011-2012 season.
“Just the whole quality of my life was compromised. You are so tired it hurts. You have to accept that you’re never going to be 100-percent.
“Because of Sjögren’s syndrome, I have to be careful. If I train too hard then I won’t be able to do anything the next day. There would be times when I’d park my car at home, and I’d fall asleep behind the wheel because I was so tired! It’s a balance between pushing myself as much as I can and being reasonable about what I can achieve and what my body will tolerate.”
The very intimate interview and photos come five years after sister Serena landed the cover of the Body Issue.
And Venus isn’t the only tennis champion to grace the pages of the magazine completely naked this year!
Tomas Berdych also shows off his athletic physique.