Venus’ visit to Cayman delayed

Tennis legend and entrepreneur
Venus Williams – originally slated to promote her new book ‘Come to Win’ at a
Books & Books signing session later this month – is looking to reschedule
later in the year.

Currently ranked as the world’s
number two singles player, she was due to have attended a two-hour book signing
at the Camana Bay store on Monday, 20 September.

The surprise cancellation, which
came Tuesday, will be a disappointment to fans who were looking forward to her
serving up autographed copies of her book in Grand Cayman.

Naturally, the 30-year-old tennis
ace and businesswoman was expected to draw capacity crowds.

Come to Win is a collection of
memorable insights Ms Williams, as writer and editor, has amassed, illustrating
how several of the world’s A-listers – from a variety of disciplines — have
used the focus and skills they learned while in competitive sports to reach the
top of any profession.

Along with a number of ace-hitters
and visionaries from the international political, sporting, arts and business
arenas, the book offers wise words and intriguing insights into the universal
lessons to be gleaned from sporting prowess. Sir Richard Branson, Vera Wang and
Condoleeza Rice are a few of the contributors who are widely quoted throughout
the book’s eight chapters, which seek to rally readers and to inspire.

When interviewed at the launch of
the book, the winner of numerous Grand Slam singles titles said, “The book is
really about lessons… learned from sports {like] setting goals. You know,
learning from losing, learning from winning, adjusting to set backs and all of
that, it’s all in here. And it’s about everyone else’s experience who may not
have played professional sports, like Condoleezza Rice or Vera Wang or Bill
Clinton, and how they applied those lessons from sports.”.

Of interest for any sports nut,
Come to Win seeks to give readers a personalised view of the sports fan behind
the public face of many of the world’s most iconic and influential figures and
how sporting lessons shaped them.

Written for the athletically-challenged,
Come to Win isn’t so much a playbook as an easily readable series of profiles
with translatable sporting lessons at its core.

Through the book, the two-time
Olympic gold medallist also seeks to distil what she has learned from her
coaches and mentors – including her parents – and how she’s been able to focus
that drive and determination, which have helped her reach the pinnacle of her
profession and have contributed to her commercial success as a fashion and
interior designer.

Having graduated cum laude with a
fashion design degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Ms
Williams brings a lot of credibility to the book, which is co-authored by Kelly
E. Carter, a former sportswriter at USA Today.

The athlete said, “I find the
losses even more motivating than the wins, but you know – that’s a huge part of
this book. Everyone has something special to say. Phil Knight’s story was
really special to me to because his dream was to go and play the Olympics, but
he didn’t get to do that, so he did something even greater; he created Nike.”

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