Venus Williams Told Us the #1 Thing She Wears for Every Workout


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The energy at the U.S. Open in New York City is unparalleled—which is why it's no surprise that Venus Williams designed a new dress for the tournament that's "perfect for feeling like you own the world." U.S. Open sponsor American Express gave me the opportunity to chat with the seven-time Grand Slam champion ahead of the tournament, which kicks off on August 27, so I had to get the scoop on her latest on-court look. While not everyone's day job involves playing in front of 20,000 fans, I also asked Williams about her off-duty attire when she's training, in the hopes that we mere mortals could pick up some workout style tips.

Despite training in Florida's notoriously hot, sticky weather, Williams is adamant about working out in long-sleeve pieces. "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," she told Who What Wear of her activewear brand. "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."

Read on for my full chat with Williams, including her thoughts on New York City style, how she's partnering with American Express, and more.