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Venus Williams

Country: United States
Residence: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 160 lbs. (72.5 kg)
Plays: Right
Turned pro: October 1994
Highest singles ranking: 1 (February 25, 2002)
Singles titles: 32
Career Prize Money: $14,815,188
Grand Slam Record
Titles: 4
Australian Open F (2003)
French Open F (2002)
Wimbledon W (2000, '01)
U.S. Open W (2000, '01)

Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. 1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams.

Early life

When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place.

Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time.

Tennis career

Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena.

When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003.

Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16.

Titles (41)

Singles (32)

Singles Finalist (20)

Grand slam events in boldface.

Doubles (10)

Grand slam events in boldface. Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.


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Doubles partner sister Serena Williams.. [1] (http://www.saturday-night-live.com/snl/reviews/03-04/mullally/psi.html). Grand slam events in boldface. In fact, he good-naturedly lampooned the rumors by playing a member of a gay chorus when he appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live's February 7, 2004 show. Grand slam events in boldface.. Some have speculated that Aiken is gay, though he has denied such suggestions. In 2005, Williams' ranking has fallen to #16. The umbrella name including all of his many fan groups is "The Clay Nation.".

After finishing an injury plagued 2003 season ranked 11, Williams rebounded into the top 10 for a year end #9 ranking in 2004, but for the first time since 1997, she failed to qualify for the WTA Tour's annual Year Ending Championships in Los Angeles. Some of Aiken's fans have been fondly referred to as "Claymates," a name that originated on the message boards during the second season of American Idol. Recently, Willams' results have steadily declined. In May 2005 Unicef sent Aiken to Uganda to raise awareness for the plight of children in this civil-war torn country. Williams' older sister, Yetunde Price, was killed by gunshots in the Compton area as she and a male driver passed by inside a car, on the morning of September 14, 2003. In April 2005 he appeared before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs of the Committee on Appropriations, on behalf of UNICEF. She lost to her sister Serena, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6. In March 2005 Aiken visited the tsunami-stricken Banda Aceh area as a UNICEF Ambassador to raise awareness for the need to restore education quickly to the children survivors of disasters, to provide stability.

In 2003, Williams played at the 2003 Wimbledon finals despite suffering an abdominal injury. He later also recorded a video, featuring the song "Give a Little Bit," to be used as a public service announcement (PSA) to raise money for tsunami victims. When Venus and Serena won the 1999 French Open doubles title, they became the first pair of sisters to win a doubles title in the 20th century. Through his work with UNICEF, he participated in the NBC4 telethon which raised over $10 million and recorded public service announcements in support of South Asia tsunami relief. In 2002 and 2003 Venus achieved five singles major finals but lost all of them to her sister Serena. We're very pleased to have him join the UNICEF family.". Open in singles and defended both titles in 2001. "Clay Aiken, like all of our National Ambassadors, was chosen based on his compassion and deep commitment to helping children around the world.

In 2000 she won the Wimbledon championship and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She has garnered many important championships, including two Gold medals at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000, the Fed Cup, the 1999 French Open doubles (with sister Serena as her partner) and 5 other doubles and 2 mixed doubles grand slams, the Oklahoma City Tennis championship, the Italian Open, and the Hamburg Open. Lyons, president of the U.S. Venus turned professional in the 1990s and went on to have a very lucrative tennis career. "Education is the best investment any society can make for the health and well-being of its children," said Charles J. Venus as a young girl became one of California's top young tennis players, and she and her sister Serena shared the top seed as California's best young players for a long time. A budding philanthropist and longtime education advocate, Aiken uses his Ambassador status to help ensure that children everywhere are afforded a primary education.

Their father Richard used to take all five of his daughters to the courts in hopes that someday at least one of them would reach sporting glory and move them into a better place. Fund for UNICEF National Ambassador, where he is committed to supporting education programs for children. There, they sometimes had to dodge bullets while practicing tennis at local public courts. In 2004, he was appointed U.S. When the Williams sisters (who are five in total) were young, they were moved to Compton, California. As a special education teacher, Aiken has also been active in lobbying Congress in favor of education. She is the daughter of Richard and Oracene Williams and the sister of another tennis champion, Serena Williams. They have already had a huge impact on many children's lives and experiences.

1 tennis champion who was born in Lynwood, California, United States. This is obviously a huge honor, especially considering this foundation is just in its second year of existence. Venus Ebone Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an former World No. His BAF foundation was just presented with a $500,000 grant from the US government to develop a curriculum for inclusion to be used in schools across the country. 2003: Australian Open. Aiken also has donated his time to multiple benefit events and concerts, including performing at the 2004 Rosalynn Carter Benefit, giving out $1,500 BAF Scholarships at the America's Promise Benefit, singing a duet with Heather Headley for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and being one of the celebrity readers for the "Arthur Celebrity Audiobook (Stories for Heroes Series)," which benefits the BAF, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), and the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN). He has also served as a spokesman for the "Stories for Heroes" series and for the 2004 Toys For Tots drive. 2002: Wimbledon. RMHC® were so impressed by Aiken's participation and the generosity of his fans that that they asked Aiken to be an official ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

2001: Australian Open. Another item donated by the singer, an autographed apron from the same World Children's Day event, went for $5,100 in the eBay auction, bringing the total donation to RMHC by Clay's fans to more than $20,000. 2000: Summer Olympics-Sydney. During the 2004 World Children's Day, he donated a cement cast of his handprints for a charity auction, with the cast selling for over $15,000. 2000: Wimbledon. He first became involved with RMHC® when he participated in the 2003 and 2004 World Children's Day(TM) at McDonald's to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities® and other children's causes. Open. In addition to his role in the Bubel/Aiken Foundation (BAF), Aiken serves as an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).

1999: U.S. His interest in autism issues led him to set up the Bubel-Aiken Foundation (http://bubelaikenfoundation.org), which supports the integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of their nondisabled peers. 1999: French Open. Apart from his music career, Aiken has been dedicated to advocating for education and for children's causes. 1999: Hannover. In December 2004, Aiken starred in his first TV special, titled "A Clay Aiken Christmas," with special guests Barry Manilow, Yolanda Adams, and Megan Mullally. He was also the executive producer for the Christmas special, which was released as a DVD later that month. 1998: Zurich. At the same time Aiken made the New York Times Best Seller List, debuting at #2, with his "inspirational memoir" entitled Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, written with Allison Glock, published by Random House.

1998: Oklahoma City. The album went platinum in 6 weeks and was the best-selling holiday album of 2004. That same month, Aiken also released a holiday album entitled Merry Christmas With Love, which set a new record for fastest-selling holiday album in the Soundscan era (since 1991) and tied Céline Dion's record for the highest debut by a holiday album in the history of Billboard magazine. "The Joyful Noise Tour"'s official sponsor was Ronald McDonald House Charities. "The Joyful Noise Tour" was well received by fans, with sellouts or near-sellouts at every venue.

Local choirs from high schools and elementary schools participated at each concert. In some cities, Aiken was supported by the local philharmonic or symphony, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. "The Joyful Noise Tour" featured a conductor and a 30-piece orchestra. In November 2004, Aiken embarked on his third tour of the year, choosing this time to focus on Christmas favorites.

The entire music video performed by Aiken is presented on the Aladdin Special Edition 2-Disc DVD. The song was originally intended for the film but cut when the Aladdin storyline changed during production. Each concert previewed Aiken's moving rendition of "Proud of Your Boy". Disney's Aladdin Special Edition 2-Disc DVD was the exclusive sponsor of Clay's Summer Concert Tour.

He was also scheduled for a few summer tour dates, but high demand ultimately led to the booking of over 50 dates across the United States, culminating in what many fans called the "Not-a-Tour". From February to April 2004, Aiken embarked on the "Independent Tour" with Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first American Idol contest. The song was "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth", which was originally sung by Crosby and David Bowie on a 1977 Christmas special. Aiken also appeared in numerous specials during the winter of 2003, including Disney's Christmas Day Parade and The Nick At Nite Holiday Special, where he sang a duet with Bing Crosby via special effects.

Later that year Aiken won the Fan's Choice Award at the American Music Awards ceremony, and his CD single "This Is the Night/Bridge Over Troubled Water" won the Billboard award for the Best-selling Single of 2003. The album eventually went triple platinum, and spawned the hit single "Invisible." The album also contained Aiken's first hit song, "This Is the Night," which had debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot 100 Single Sales Chart. In October of 2003 Aiken released his first solo album, Measure of a Man, which debuted at #1 in the Billboard 200 and was the fastest-selling debut for a solo artist in 10 years. It was this child's mother who urged him to audition for American Idol.

He found his interest in special education during high school, and eventually became an assistant to a boy with autism while going to school in Charlotte. Although his American Idol activities temporarily delayed his academic pursuits, Aiken graduated with a bachelor's degree in special education in December of 2003. Aiken, who changed his last name from Grissom to his mother's maiden name, hails from Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended Raleigh's Leesville High School before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. It was the only single to go platinum since 2002, when "I Hope You Dance" did, after being out for over a year.

It was the fastest-selling single since Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" and the best-selling single of 2003. The single "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"This Is the Night", released June 10, 2003, has gone platinum. It sold over 600,000 copies in its first week, and has since gone triple platinum. Aiken's debut album, Measure of a Man, was released October 14, 2003.

The seasonal album Merry Christmas With Love, released on November 16, 2004, went platinum in 6 weeks. Though technically the show's "first runner-up," he has since gone on to be the show's most popular and successful star, even more so than Studdard himself. He came in a close second in the contest, with Ruben Studdard winning by a narrow margin. Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop music singer who rose to fame on the American Idol television program.

2004 "Winter Wonderland". 2004 "Solitaire". 2004 "I Will Carry You". 2004 "The Way".

2003 "Silver Bells f/Kim Locke". 2003 "The First Noel". 2003 "Invisible". 2003 "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

2003 "This Is The Night". 2004 "The Way / Solitaire". 2003 "Bridge Over Troubled Water / This Is The Night". Merry Christmas With Love (11-2004).

Measure of a Man (10-2003).

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