Few Palm Beach Gardens residents are as famous as tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, especially now.
The sisters faced off in the Australian Open final Jan. 28 in Melbourne. Serena, 35, defeated Venus, 36, to win her seventh Australian Open title and 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Serena Williams now holds the record for Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.
Councilman Bert Premuroso during his report at Thursday’s City Council meeting said he’d like to see the duo get some recognition at the city’s popular Tennis Center on 117th Court North.
“I just want to recognize the Williams sisters for the Australian Open final. I think that was fantastic for our city, again. For the exposure of having them at their age each doing what they’re doing is amazing,” Premuroso said.
“I know we’re talking about tennis center improvements down the road, and we really should have their name on a center court, a building or something to recognize. Just having them somewhat related to Palm Beach Gardens for all these years and their longevity on the tournament and what they’re doing is really amazing.”
Serena Williams graced the cover of the Wall Street Journal’s magazine this past June. Journalist Jason Gay interviewed her outside of one of her Palm Beach Gardens homes for the story.
Her trust bought a home in Horseshoe Acres in Palm Beach Gardens for $2.5 million in May 2015, expanding the sisters’ real estate holdings here.
Property records show Venus and Serena jointly own the 10,687-square-foot home Venus bought in BallenIsles in 1998. Their father, Richard Williams, has owned a single-family home in unincorporated Palm Beach County northwest of Palm Beach Gardens since 1995, according to property records.