Venus Williams displayed her anger towards her own performance at the 2015 French Open by not showing up for a mandatory press conference after losing to fellow American Sloane Stephens 7-6(5), 6-1 in the first round of the tournament and has quietly endeared herself to many tennis observers.
She has received criticism from many in the media about her leaving viewers with a two-paragraph statement explaining her absence and congratulating her opponent but in not showing up she showed an anger about her performance that some tennis fans had not seen from her for some time and to them was a very welcome sight.
The older sister of Serena Williams is known for being dignified on the tennis court, courteous and generally very rationale when it comes to winning or losing, the latter of which has become a more regular occurrence in large part due to her fight with Sjogren's Syndrome disease.
However, sometimes fans don't want dignified, appropriate, 'canned' responses but instead want to know that an athlete is so angry at a poor performance that they might 'explode' in a public setting (during a post-game rant) while being interviewed and they received this from Venus Williams with her deliberate bypassing of her post-match interview which resulted in her being fined by the Women's Tennis Association.
Her not showing up for her post-match interview at the 2015 French Open for some fans showed that she still possesses immense pride about her performance and is not just about showing up and collecting a pay cheque. Yes, it was wrong that she did not show up for the post-match interviews but her anger at her performance is telling fans that she truly wants to win and that unapologetic desire is one that has some tennis observers believing that when she does retire she may surprise some people by possibly remaining part of the sport as a coach.
Venus Williams, a professional tennis player who does not tolerate poor performance, sounds like an athlete who would be a great coach.