‘Inspired’ Serena reconsidering 13-yr Indian Wells boycott after watching Mandela film

Johannesburg, Jan 18: World number one Serena Williams has said that she may end her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

The Williams sisters have not played the event in the California desert since being booed in 2001, which followed Venus pulling out of their semi-final just minutes before they were due to play, citing injury, handing Serena a walkover into the final.

According to Sport24, there were even claims of racist taunts against the Williams sisters and their father, although Serena said that Mandela’s message of forgiveness and reconciliation may make her reconsider her decision of playing at the tournament again, after she watched a film about his life recently.

Serena, who met the South African anti-apartheid hero before his death in December, further said that she thinks that Mandela was a ‘really amazing man’, adding that she felt honoured to have been given a chance to meet him and get to know him and his story a little better. (ANI)