Venus and Serena Williams Cover The New York Times Magazine

The sisters are gearing up for the U.S. Open.

Posted: 08/27/2012 12:38 PM EDT
Venus Williams, Serena Williams

(Photo: New York  Times Magazine)

The Williams sisters are fresh from their Olympic success in London and are now gearing up for the U.S. Open in New York. Even though Serena holds a slight edge by winning every Grand Slam tournament and Olympic gold medal in her career, she stands alongside sister and court partner Venus, both looking ripped and toned as ever, on the latest cover of The New York Times Magazine.

In their interview, they discuss their father's coaching when they were children, Venus' out of body experience during what she claims is the best shot of her career, and Serena's decision to boycott the Indian Wells Masters after being subject to racial slurs during the 2001 series.

“They don’t like me. I don’t need to be there,” she said. “I thought, people like Martin Luther King Jr. boycotted things. And this is nothing on that level. Look at Muhammad Ali, he didn’t even play, he went to jail because he didn’t want to go to war. The least I can do is stand up for my people and not go there. That’s the very least I can do. It’s not even that hard of a decision. I get a vacation on those two weeks. It’s like the easiest decision of my career. They can penalize me to death, I’m never going back.”

The U.S. Open goes from August 27 through September 9. Will you be watching?


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