Venus Williams on acknowledging mental health: "It has allowed me to love the game of tennis for this long"

Venus Williams is still playing at the age of 41 with no signs yet at least in the short term that the former World No.1 is ready to retire.

But as she detailed in a recent column for the New York Times, it is all down to mental health and acknowledging it that her longevity and toughness has been accrued in the game.

“My sister Serena and I were taught that we’d have to fight harder than other players to get the respect we deserved. That’s what I thought ‘tough’ meant,” Williams wrote for a piece in the New York Times.

“Paying attention to my psychological well-being has allowed me to love the game of tennis for this long. I guess you could say, it’s the thing that has really made me tough.”

"I may be a professional tennis player, but I actually don't think I'm that different from everyone else. All of us face mental health challenges resulting from the inevitable setbacks and uncertainties of life."

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