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Venus Williams has announced that she is temporarily pausing the operations at her signature clothing and fashion brand, EleVen. The American legend has clarified that the brand will be back in the future.

Williams, who has an associate degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, founded EleVen in 2007, along with sports retailer Steve & Barry’s, which has since gone out of business. Williams has served as one of the brand’s chief designers.

EleVen has dressed several WTA stars over the years, including Varvara Lepchenko, Nadia Petrova and Arina Rodionova. It has also partnered with renowned brands like K-Swiss and Lacoste.

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In an email to retailers, Venus Williams stated that she has taken the tough decision to wind down operations at EleVen to refine “strategies and enhance the overall brand experience.” She thanked the fans for their unwavering support and assured them that EleVen would return soon.

“We’ve decided to temporarily pause our operations as we take a moment to refine our strategies and enhance the overall brand experience. This decision wasn’t easy, but it’s a crucial step towards ensuring that we come back stronger and better than ever,” Venus Williams wrote.

“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and loyalty to the EleVen brand. Your commitment means the world to us. This pause is not a farewell but a see you soon. We are dedicated to embodying our credo, “Be your best self,” and this break will allow us to do just that….”

“Your support has inspired me personally, and I’m excited to come back and continue the journey together,” the email concluded.

EleVen will clear all its remaining stock from the warehouses and will soon become unavailable in retail stores. However, fans can expect Venus Williams to don EleVen merchandise at her future tournaments.

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Some members of Chelsea FC’s women’s team picked Coco Gauff, Serena Williams, and Emma Raducanu as their favorite female athletes outside football.

The exercise was conducted on the occasion of USA’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The annual observance day dates back to 1987, when it was brought to life by then-US President Ronald Reagan after he signed Proclamation 5606.

Since 1987, it has been celebrated on one of the days in the first week of February. To celebrate the day, community-based events, activities, and award ceremonies are organized, which often feature female athletes of renown.

The Chelsea FC women’s team players who named their picks were Americans Catarina Macario and Mia Fishel, Canada’s Ashley Lawrence, and England’s Aggie Beever-Jones.

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Brazil-born Macario, who plays as a forward for both Chelsea FC’s women’s team and the USWNT, went first.

“My favorite female athlete outside of soccer is Serena Williams,” she said.

Up next, it was American forward Fishel’s turn.

“My favorite female athlete in the US be Coco (Gauff). She’s the young rising star and she’s killing it”, said Fishel.

Lawrence, a versatile player comfortable across both midfield and defense, also picked Gauff as her favorite.

“My favorite female athlete outside of football is Coco Gauff because she is a tennis player. I love watching tennis and she’s doing amazing things at such a young age, winning Grand Slams, and yeah, she’s just paving the way for future tennis players.”

Beever-Jones was the last one to name her pick.

“My favorite female athlete outside of football is Emma Raducanu.”

MIND BLOWING PRIZE MONEY CONFIRMED FOR 6 KINGS SLAM AS WINNER OF NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND RAFAEL NADAL LED EVENT TO RECEIVE $6,000,000

Set to take place during October, the 6 Kings Slam is the latest Saudi Arabia foray into tennis and will see Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline an exhibition tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with a mind-blowing amount of prize money compared to the normal tour.

Just for appearing alone over the course of the few days, players will receive $1.5million. It also includes Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Daniil Medvedev and Holger Rune as the other top names involved, all but the Dane are former or current Grand Slam champions.

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The winner will receive $6 million as per The Telegraph. It is the next sign of intent from Saudi Arabia who have made big moves in boxing as of late staging some of the biggest fights on bumper cards putting promotional differences aside. This tournament is ran by the same entity and will be part of the so called Riyadh Season after Djokovic and Alcaraz faced off in an exhibition also last Christmas in the Kingdom.

Nadal also recently signed as an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation and is all set to establish a new Rafa Nadal Academy in the country. They will also be hosting the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah until 2027. Further murmurings also consider the WTA Finals likely to head there despite strong protests from tennis legends in Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. As well as other figures wondering how it will work with laws surrounding women and even homosexuality if Daria Kasatkina for instance qualifies.

But it will also affect the men in this case for this tournament with the Shanghai Masters likely to have at least a few of its top names not play. With dates not confirmed, it could also see the Paris Masters have the same issue.

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There is no denying that Rafael Nadal has etched his position in the tennis realm as one of the ‘GOATs.’

On top of adding a remarkable 22 singles Grand Slam titles to his enviable trophy haul, the Spanish tennis star has also reached the number-one ranking on the ATP Tour. However, the 37-year-old player’s phenomenal legacy in the racket game isn’t the fruit of his labor alone.

Toiling behind the ‘King of the Clay’ have been some great coaches and hitting partners, one of whom recently hailed Nadal for his ‘200% intensity’ on the court. While talking about his experience in an interview with EssentiallySports working with Nadal as his hitting partner, Thomas Drouet recently opened up about how he learned a lot of things from the former world No. 1 player.

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Thomas Drouet has been associated with some of the big names in the tennis community, including Rafael Nadal, as a hitting partner on multiple occasions. Notably, in an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports, the former tennis player was recently questioned, “Yeah, so as I was asking you, that somewhere in your career, you were also associated with Nadal as a hitting partner on multiple occasions. I mean, how was that experience?”

In his honest response, Drouet said, “It’s okay. To be honest, that’s the only player who put my heart rate here on line. And it was impressive to play with him. Usually I was doing two weeks hitting partner with him. And after when I was going to play tournaments, I was like, wow, it’s so easy. I was improving so much. But really I learned so many things in terms of discipline, how he was giving 200%.”

While asserting that he learned a lot of things from Nadal in terms of discipline, Drouet also brought to light what makes the ATP superstar ‘special.’ He stated, “We were playing three hours and for three hours, it was 200% in terms of fitness, technique, but also focus. So I was like, wow. So this is what you need to become this special because they are special. And I kept this in my mind and I use it in my training coaching also. That’s what I put in my players, that daily discipline.”

What do you think of the Spanish tennis legend’s ‘200% intensity’ on the court? Let us know in the comments section.

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Severin Luthi parted ways with Holger Rune after less than two months together.

Severin Luthi has spoken for the first time since leaving Holger Rune’s team. The former coach of Roger Federer joined the Dane’s camp in mid-December and travelled to the Australian Open with him. But it was announced this week that they would not be continuing their partnership because of scheduling issues.

Rune built a team of ‘super coaches’ at the end of 2023, hiring Boris Becker in October. He then added Luthi during the off-season, with the pair set to share travelling duties when it came to accompanying the world No. 7 at tournaments.

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The job was Luthi’s first since Federer retired, as he previously coached the 20-time Grand Slam champion between 2007 and 2022. The 48-year-old appeared in Rune’s box at the recent Australian Open but it was the first and last time that he joined the Dane on the road, as they have since parted ways.

Rune’s mum and manager Aneke announced the news this week, and Luthi has now broken his silence on the split. Speaking to Blick, he confirmed Aneke’s claims that the “timing” was “not right”.

Luthi added: “If you notice this, then I say, we would rather separate now than in six months.” The Swiss coach was still happy to have had the brief, experience with Rune, claiming that their work together was “anything but a quick fix.”

He continued: “I think about things like this carefully, maybe sometimes too carefully. I’m glad I was able to have this experience – it was my first job after Roger Federer’s retirement. That will help me personally.”

It comes after Rune’s mum told Ekstra Bladet: “I just want to inform you that from now on Holger will only have Boris and Kenneth [Carlsen] in his coaching staff. Don’t want to make a big deal out of it, but the timing with Severin was clearly not right. It would be too few weeks for Severin to be able to cover for the continuity that Holger needs.”