“We got stage managers and team managers, and we’ve got team uniforms for when we’re not performing,” explained Firestone, himself a Kryptonian.
“We hire impartial judges, who will be judging based on a rubric that we’ve created. Last year we won by, like, half a point.”But who’s counting! “I think it’s more stressful than the tennis, actually,” said Robbye Poole, known to the tennis world as Serena’s hitting partner, today deployed on food and beverage duties.
Venus first launched Ele Ven — with this mantra in mind — in 2007 as an exclusive line for Steve & Barry’s, which carried clothing by the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker.
Two years later, the chain shuttered, and Venus paired up with a manufacturing company in Los Angeles.
Sources close to TMZ said that Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., was "chatting" with Serena in the back of the center.
The private event started as a fun, low-key family reunion that happened to include a little bit of tennis — not surprising, given the family’s athletic pedigree. Then, in Serena’s words, “…it got serious, and then it got overboard serious, and then it got Broadway.” Broadway is right: This year’s Invitational was centered around an animation theme, with each team — Serena’s Kryptonians, Venus’ A Team, and B Major, a third team led by Bryant Mc Kinnie, former offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins (and seasoned Invitational vet) — interpreting it a little differently.
There was a “Bad Blood” number, a Cinderella-Rihanna “Work” mash-up, and twerking to Beyoncé’s “Formation.” (A preview of viral sensations to come, it turned out: Beyoncé had not yet released , in which Serena stars.) At one point, there were many LED light suits.
The hoop routine would be Serena’s encore, the pièce de résistance sure to clinch a third consecutive victory over Venus. “And then it got serious, and then it got overboard serious, and then it got Broadway.”When it first began, the Williams Invitational was casual, relaxed, no big deal—a family reunion with a little tennis thrown in.
Mc Kinnie’s team paid homage to Saturday morning cartoons and including a dream sequence partially inspired by , “We hire impartial judges, who will be judging based on a rubric that we’ve created. Last year we won by, like, half a point.” At this year’s Invitational, the VIP guests signed a stringent non-disclosure agreement before entering the abandoned, strip-mall Cineplex that housed the event.
The A Team kicked off the event, followed by B Major, while the Kryptonians finished off the evening — Serena on the aerial hoop was the grand finale.