Friday, February 19, 2010

Serena Williams: Nail Technician?

Lord have mercy. That was my first reaction when into my in-box appeared a link to with a picture of Serena doing somebody's feet. Apparently Serena has decided to purchase a nail salon and, like any good business woman, has perhaps elected to educate herself from the ground up. So there she was with an orange stick and somebody’s not-so-attractive feet, as she labored to get the job done.

Lord have mercy. It was all I could think to say. I know that it’s Lent and all but I don’t think that my comment reflected any kind of religious dedication. It had more to do with shock, and just a tinge of embarrassment, which may admittedly be unfair.

I am all for tennis players preparing for a life after tennis. After all, this is a sport that will not last forever, certainly not at the top levels when so much is demanded from players both mentally and physically. So in principle I have nothing against players making plans for their post-tennis hereafter.

For many players, life after tennis continues to involve tennis in some form or fashion. When Justine Henin quit for the first time, she and her coach opened a tennis coaching school. So did Juan Carlos Ferrero whose program in Spain has become renowned. Even LLeyton Hewitt has given notice in a fashion by announcing his commitment to an up-and-coming female protege. And Marat Safin has announced his intention to go into business.

Many tennis players go on to become tennis commentators, some with more success than others. I keep meaning to write an entry about the ghastly number of bad tennis commentators, headed by Tennis Channel's low-budget line-up. There’s so much to be said for folks going to school and actually studying journalism.

Some tennis players dedicate themselves to pursuits as far from tennis as possible. Yannick Noah put out a couple of earnest music Cds. Too bad for him that they made for painful listening. Gustavo Kuerten is not only a surfer dude but actually has plans to study drama at university. And isn't Carlos Moya something of a soap star? Not to mention Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf who both became dedicated philanthropists.

But this may be the first time that a player has voluntarily enrolled in nail school. Serena Williams will be doing nails. Don’t take my word for it, let me let her speak for herself:

No one likes getting their nails done more than I do. As a matter of fact I go every 4 days to get a manicure and every 7 days for a pedicure. So, I had a brilliant idea to get certified to be a nail tech. Besides the fact that I am coming out with a nail collection from a company called HairTech, I thought "Serena this is a no brainer." Immediately after I came home from the Australian Open I researched some schools and enrolled in a course that allowed me to complete 240 hours (that's what u have to do to get certified at least in fla) at my own pace. 240 hours may seem like a lot, but I intend on completing it within the year. It normally takes 6 weeks!!!

The night before my class I made sure I had all my tools, books and gear organized. I went to the hello kitty store and bought plenty of containers as well as a backpack to keep my belongings. If I'm not the best, I sure do want to look like it. Not only do I plan on being the top student to graduate from my nail school, but I also intend on being the most fashionable! We have to wear blue scrubs. So I asked the administrator can I wear pink but she insisted on blue. I found the cutest blue scrub top (Grey's Anatomy should take note) and super cute cargo pants! Before bed, I stayed up studying for a few hours just so I could be ahead of the class.

Serena then goes on to gloat that on her very first day, she actually did a French pedicure! Time flew as she was having fun! She is even open to picking up a part-time job at the salon! Who knows, maybe next time I’m in town, I may actually allow her to practice on my feet. Lord have mercy. 


Karen said...

Hey there. One of the reasons why she has been such a successful businesswoman it has been her dedication to learn all aspects of whatever it is that she is selling. Unlike someone else who will not be named, she does not have to read from a cue card to speak about her products. Just for clarification I believe that she is coming out with a hands and feet range of cosmetics hence her trying to learn how said products work. Good on her.

Kim said...

I came across your post when I was looking at Tennisopolis and rushed to get to your blog. Lord have mercy is right. I'm not sure what my favorite part of her quote is "this is a no brainer" or "I went to the hello kitty store. . . " If there is such a thing as a "brainer" vs. a "no brainer" Serena, this is a brainer! Having said all of that, you have to love her - she does what she wants and doesn't care what anyone thinks. And this future career plan proves that. Thank you thank you for the funniest tennis post I've read in a long time!

Kim said...

Just left a link to your post on my blog:

I hope my readers will visit and leave you comments!

tennischick said...

thanks Kim. glad you got the joke. this post was not intended to be taken seriously at all. i hope others visit and get the humor as well.

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