London: Serena Williams said she was saddened by the gun violence and deteriorating race relations in the US, admitting she fears for the safety of her own family in the current volatile climate.
The 34-year-old tennis star lifted a seventh Wimbledon title and record-equalling 22nd major on Saturday, before addressing her country's turbulent week. Five police officers were shot dead by a black extremist in Dallas, Texas, during a march to protest against police brutality. The peaceful Dallas demonstration was one of several nationwide over the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota earlier in the week.
"I have nephews and I'm thinking, 'do I have to call them and tell them, don't go outside. If you get in your car, it might be the last time I see you'. They're very good kids. I don't think the answer is to continue to shoot young black people," said Williams in an emotional press conference here.
In September 2003, Williams' elder half-sister Yetunde Price (31) was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Compton, the crime-plagued suburb of Los Angeles, where Serena grew up.