Venus Williams is considered one of the all-time greats of women's tennis. Her full name is Venus Ebony Starr Williams, and is the elder sister to Serena Williams. She is widely known for her athleticism and has been credited for ushering a new era of power and empowerment on the women's professional tennis front.
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- Who is Nicky Hammond?
- When did Venus and Nicky meet?
- Why did Venus Williams break up with Nicky Hammond?
- Does Venus Williams have a boyfriend?
Born on June 17, 1980, Venus has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. She became the first African American woman to reach No. 1 ranking in the Open Era on February 25, 2002, and the second all time since Althea Gibson. Venus has seven Grand Slam singles titles to her name. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women's doubles titles, all with her younger sister Serena Williams.
The pair remains unbeaten in the Grand Slam doubles finals they’ve played so far. Venus also has two Mixed Doubles titles and five Olympic medals (four gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles) to her credit. She also owns an interior design firm and a fashion line called EleVen.
Who is Nicky Hammond?
Nicky Hammond, 28, is a wealthy financier and the millionaire son of socialite Dana Hammond and her ex-husband James. Dana’s grandmother was the sister of the late Walter Annenberg. This makes him the heir to the Annenberg family fortune. Nicky is related to Walter Annenberg, who inherited Triangle Media and turned it into a huge media empire (it included titles like TV Guide, Seventeen, and The Philadelphia Inquirer). He later sold Triangle Media to Rupert Murdoch for $3 million.
When did Venus and Nicky meet?
Venus and Nicky reportedly started dating in 2017. Venus brought Nicky as a date to her sister Serena Williams’ star-studded wedding. While they were still dating Nicky had been spotted cheering Venus on at tennis tournaments from the visitor’s box, such as the Australian Open.
Why did Venus Williams break up with Nicky Hammond?
Venus and Nicky broke up with each other in June 2019. Reportedly, there were no hard feelings as they both split up with mutual consent. Although the reason for the break-up was unclear, it was said they split as there was a difference in the commitment levels. While Venus, who was 12 years elder to Nicholas’s, was looking for marriage and family while Hammond wasn’t ready for such a change.
Other reports state that it had nothing to do with Venus wanting a family., and rather thought that it was wise to end on good terms, as the relationship had run its natural course. The Post had reported last summer that Nicky had presented Venus with a ‘friendship ring’.
Does Venus Williams have a boyfriend?
In the past, Venus is known to have dated Cuban model Elio Pis. The pair met in the year 2012 when he modeled for her Eleven fashion line. They dated for five years before splitting up in 2017. Prior to that Venus has also dated golfer Hank Kuehne. The relationship started in the year 2006. The couple separated soon after their engagement in the year 2010. In 2011, Kuehne got married to Andy Kuehne.
Currently, it looks like Venus is single and totally focused on her tennis career. At 40, she’s the oldest player in the WTA top 100, and she has no plans to slow down anytime soon. There’s no denying that Venus Williams has expanded her influence beyond the tennis court, and we’d love to see her keep playing as long she wants.