Serena Williams’ Life Is a Routine

How Serena Williams rewrote the playbook for female athletes juggling motherhood and sport. DURING OUR FIRST meeting, Serena Williams made it clear that the game was literally her life. “I’m a mom first and…

Serena Williams’ Life Is a Routine

How Serena Williams rewrote the playbook for female athletes juggling motherhood and sport.

DURING OUR FIRST meeting, Serena Williams made it clear that the game was literally her life.

“I’m a mom first and a tennis player second,” she told me, adding with a laugh, “That’s what women my age do.”

It was early July and it was still a week later than Williams’ usual bedtime as she pulled up to the courts for her next warm-up match. She has no real practice time to prepare for the next day’s game except for the usual pregame stretch where she will eat, shower, and then change and get on her court. Her normal routine is to wake up early in the morning to go to her house, where she puts on her tennis shoes and then does a quick run for her daughter, Angelica, who is in elementary school, then she changes into her whites. She usually has breakfast with her mom, then it is just a matter of getting into the car with her bag and then getting to the airport. Williams has never missed a flight.

Once in the airport, she has to make herself at home. She changes her shoes again and then calls her bag person, who must take her clothes and bag off of her, and then she has to pack them quickly before the plane is boarded by security so that she can take off in a short amount of time. She is usually about 45 minutes late to take off and then has to make a quick announcement that she will be on her way. She has a routine.

“The most important thing,” Williams told me, “is to make sure that I am doing everything the same time tomorrow as I did today. I’ve got one life.”

It is clear that Williams is an extremely busy woman. Her schedule for the entire week was filled with tennis matches, visits with family, and various interviews like this one. She is a busy woman and she always has a plan that she will follow. It is clear from her day-to-day schedule that she had a lot of things to do, and she had a lot of things to

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