Venus Williams has learned a lifetime’s worth of lessons during her glittering tennis career—and now the 43-year-old is ready to share the wisdom in a new upcoming project.

The American has announced a health and wellness book titled STRIVE that will include “all of the tips and tricks and sometimes a little tough love” that have helped her along her own personal journey. The seven-time Grand Slam champion was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue and muscle and joint pain back in 2011, and still continues to compete on the WTA Tour after adapting her diet and lifestyle.

“As an athlete, I know the perseverance and consistency it takes to accomplish your goals and get true results,” Williams stated in a press release. “With STRIVE, my goal is to share the tips and tricks that helped me in my own personal wellness and nutrition journey…

“These are the tools that kept me from burning out on a lifestyle that I wanted and believed in, a lifestyle that helped me feel confident, powerful and capable.”


The book focuses on “eight tiny but essential tenets” that will help readers forge their own ideal lifestyles: Observe, Appreciate, Balance, Enrich, Soothe, Believe, Inspire and Strive. According to Venus, these tenets form a "winning combination of holistic and scientific approaches to wellness and performance” with the aim to make self-improvement both reachable and sustainable.

In partnership with HarpersCollins’ Amistad, STRIVE is currently available for pre-order and set to hit the shelves on September 10, 2024—a few days after the US Open final. It’s Williams’ second book project, having previously written Come to Win in 2010 which featured a compilation of wisdom, motivation and inspiration from Venus and 46 of her colleagues, friends and mentors on personal and professional success.

But while Williams’ books say her main goal is “to keep things fun” on and off the court, her two most recent ventures at the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open have not left her much joy amid her comeback to WTA action.

The American made her long-awaited return to the courts in March, having been sidelined since last year’s US Open with a knee injury that forced her to shut down her 2023 season. Her trip to Indian Wells was cut short in the opening round by Nao Hibino 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, and she later bowed out to Diana Shnaider 6-3, 6-3 in Miami.