INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Venus and and Serena Williams will never forget why they didn’t come to the BNP Paribas Open for nearly 15 years.
No one is likely to, any time soon.
But now that they made the decision to return – first Serena in 2015, then her sister a year later – it all just seems so … normal.
The sisters met up and chatted on adjoining courts Tuesday, with Venus having already practiced inside Stadium 1.
During perhaps the longest-ever ankle tape job (more than 20 minutes), the sisters gabbed. And then, as Serena went through her paces with hitting partner Jarmere Jenkins, they took another little break later, as Venus headed off to the rest of her day.
The moments when you see the two together at tournaments are fairly rare. They don’t practice together on site much. And while both prefer early-morning practice slots, they often follow each other.
It’s just a reminder about how the very best, most incredible thing about their legacy is their unbreakable bond, their sisterhood.
It’s hard to even fathom having two champions of such stature in the same family. And for them to be competitive when they meet on court, to have one surpass the other, but to have never have et it affect their sisterhood, is a life lesson for all.
Here’s what it looked like.
As you can see, there were people packed into every available spot within even a long-distance view of the sisters.
Enjoy the pics and videos. Who knows how many more times we’ll see it.