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Spike Lee: Serena and Venus saved from ‘ducking bullets’


Spike Lee and Samuel Jackson, BET Awards 2012

Spike Lee and Samuel Jackson, BET Awards 2012

Filmmaker and devoted sports fan Spike Lee was at the 2014 US Open on Labor Day to take in some matches and rolling out spoke exclusively with the proud Brooklyn native. When asked about his most memorable moments watching tennis, Spike gave a very simple answer. “Serena! Serena and Venus to me,” he said, while sitting outside of a suite inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Lee continued, and elaborated on why the sisters are his best tennis memories. “I just think that they got great talent but you know, people forget their father. I don’t care what people think about Mr. Williams. When his daughters were ducking bullets in Compton, he said I’m going to teach my daughters to be the greatest tennis players ever. So I have got nothing but praise for Mr. Williams.”

After her victory over Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round, rolling out asked Serena about Spike. “I’ve known Spike for many years. We always have dinner. He has a house down the street from mine in Palm Beach. I sometimes go over there and we eat dinner. We play tennis together. He’s super intense. He wants me to play as hard as I can. I’m like, ‘Spike, are you sure?’ I mean, come on. He’s such a great person. I love his kids. We all just get along.”

Spike Lee, super intense while playing tennis against Serena? That’s can’t possibly play out well for Lee. Instead of dodging bullets in one of the most crime-infested areas in California, Serena and Venus are now dodging the competition in tennis tournaments. With four victories, Williams is three wins away from her third straight US Open title, and her 18th Grand Slam title. Easy to see why the story of Serena and Venus Williams is memorable to Lee, and hopefully he can immortalize them on the silver screen in a film.


  1. butterbeanbabe on September 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    man that’s a great honor he gave them comeing from a man with everything a beautiful wife lovely smart kids and lots of time for the unfortunate ones ilike spike lee cause he is a black man who got respect from whites who didn’t like his movie and thought he was racist he was never a racist he is simple a good guy who wants to leave a legacy like all brilliant people if he died today . they would spike lee day or spike lee school or something he means a lot more to American blacks than we know he is the only one I know who calls I it exactly as he sees it …. he don’t care if he loose white or black frikends he is free to speak the truth . love spike lee

  2. APPLES on September 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I adore spike Lee to that’s my baby Mr Pisces like me!!!

  3. lace on October 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Great story, I couldn’t picture Spike and Serena playing tennis. I think it’s really genuine for him to give their dad the recognition due.