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Back to the Future

Venus Williams’ 2000 Wimbledon Win Transformed Tennis

The champion, whose work exceeded her sport, urged women to demand what we deserve and own our power

Venus Williams holding her Wimbledon trophy in 2000 on a Windows 95 desktop with a rainbow gradient background.
Photo illustration; Image source: Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

This story is a part of our Back to the Future series on how key moments in the year 2000 influenced similar events in 2020.

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Roxanne Jones

Roxanne Jones

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