Serena Williams Shares Never Before Heard Stories in New ESPN+ Documentary


July 10, 2024

She’s getting candid about her legendary career!

ESPN has just released a new eight-part television documentary series titled “In the Arena: Serena Williams.” The series delves into the tennis phenom’s illustrious career and life after retirement. Williams shares behind-the-scenes commentary from some of her most iconic moments as well as personal anecdotes that some of her fans might not know. 

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“That’s how I got a good forehand — was by skateboarding. My backhand used to be really, really amazing, and one day, I was at school, but I didn’t want to be there. I just took my skateboard out and went skateboarding in the neighborhood and fell and I hurt my wrist really bad. And I never told my dad. So [at practice], I couldn’t really hit backhands. I’m like, ‘No, I want to work on my forehand today. I want my forehand to get better.’ And for months, I just developed this amazing forehand because I literally, legit, couldn’t hit backhands,” Williams revealed. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first two episodes of the series made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this summer. The series premiered July 10th on ESPN+ with new episodes set to drop weekly every Wednesday, 9 pm PT/12 am ET, until the season finale on August 28th. In the docu-series, Williams dishes on her life growing up as one of five Williams sisters, how her mother’s affirmations fueled her, her affinity for ‘90s alternative music, how she harnessed her competitive nature, and her love for DC comic heroes. 


“In the Arena: Serena Williams” is currently streaming on ESPN+. Check out the trailer below!

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