Venus Williams on Her 2018 U.S. Open Outfit

What does NYC style mean to you?

It’s a lot of different things. It can be sleek, it can be serious, indie, bohemian. I think it’s a place where so many different kinds of people meet. It’s just about being yourself and bringing more color to the city.

How do you approach designing your U.S. Open outfits differently than the other majors?

I definitely think I design it by feel. When you’re in New York, you definitely want to be in that awesome little dress, awesome little matching kit—to be stylish and sporty at the same time. So this time, I definitely have some cool ruching and mesh details, which makes it something super easy to wear [off court].

How many hours a week do you train and what’s your routine?

It varies. Sometimes I can be on the court for a few hours, but the process is very different; you just don’t know. During the week, I spend as much time in the gym as I do on the court. I’ll hop on the court for a couple hours, the gym a couple hours. You also have to recover and be in physical therapy for a couple hours. A lot of people love to get massages, and I’m like, ugh, that reminds me of work. I don’t want to be on the table unless I have to be. My life is a great big workout; I love it.

What is your go-to workout outfit for training?

When I’m on the court, it’s all about sun protection, so I tend to wear long-sleeve tops from EleVen—all of our products have UPF. A lot of times I’ll wear white if I’m outside. For leggings, I’ll wear long pants as well. In Florida, it’s super hot, but I make that sacrifice [for the sun protection]. And a hat too. We make a lot of fun printed visors.